Residents begin petition drive to reinstate Coventry Village Library service on Fridays

Concerned residents of the Coventry Village Neighborhood have created a petition drive to request the CH-UH Public Library board rescind its decision to shut down the Coventry Village Library on Fridays.

The decision, made by the board at its November meeting without neighborhood input or notification, utilizes funds saved from closing Coventry to increase the University Heights Library's hours from six to seven days a week, leaving Coventry as the only branch closed two days a week.

While recognizing the library needs to balance its budget, the petition states "the cut back on hours will affect both the neighborhood and the staff who work so hard to make Coventry Village Library a cornerstone of life for residents of the area."

Those residents interested in having Friday hours reinstated are encouraged to sign and share the petition, and to attend the board's next meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, at the Lee Road Library, Brody Nelson Room, 2345 Lee Road. The petition is available online at:

Sarah Wean

Sarah Wean is a community volunteer and lives in

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.10.2014