Residents push to expand library hours

Activists this week pressed the Sonoma County Library Commission to do more to restore hours that have left the system's 11 branches closed on Mondays and evenings for two years.

The public pressure came Wednesday night shortly after the commission announced the appointment of two managers to serve as interim co-directors after embattled director Sandy Cooper steps down Sept. 20.

Jaime Anderson, division manager, and David Dodd, collection manager, will lead the library system until a replacement for Cooper can be found. Both bring a "high level of expertise and dedication to the oversight of our library," said commission Chairman Tim May.

The announcement was largely overshadowed, however, by library critics who attended the meeting demanding the commission take steps to restore hours or resign.

"There is no priority more important to us than restoring these library hours as these critical facilities," Jonathan Greenberg, a sharp library critic, told the commission.

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