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Watsonville services reopen after hiatus

Modified: Wednesday, Jan 9th, 2013

Julia Gracida (right) reads a story to William, 1, and Vivian, 8, at the Watsonville Public Library Wednesday. The library, along with many other city services, reopened Monday after being on hiatus for two weeks. (Photo by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian).

WATSONVILLE Carrying stacks of books, children and their families flooded the Watsonville Public Library this week after it reopened Monday following a two-week holiday shutdown.

"Everyone's really glad we opened, and so are we," said Carol Heitzig, library director.

When it reopened Monday, Heitzig said the number of families who filled the library was "overwhelming."

"Being two weeks without new books is a really big deal for families," she said.

During the two-week dry spell, many would-be library goers could be seen peering through the darkened windows and reading the many signs posted that explained the prolonged closure.

Many city services were on hiatus starting Dec. 24 due to budget cuts and the holiday season. In the last four years, most employees have forgone 10 percent of pay in exchange for working fewer hours per week and having additional closure days during the holiday season, according to Mario Maldonado, deputy city manager.

Essential services such as police, fire, building inspections, airport, water turn-on and garbage collection were not affected by the closure.

For the complete article see the 01-10-2013 issue.

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