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News on new library hours, Hyde Park bungalows, Tampa Downtown Market

Library Branches trim hours in response to cuts

TAMPA — In response to a drop in state and local tax revenue, the Tampa-Hillsborough County public library system has cut back operating hours at many of its locations.

Most main libraries and regional locations will stay open seven days a week. Half of the branch libraries will be closed two days a week, and the other half will be closed one day a week.

David Wullschleger, operations manager for the library system, said administrators looked at customer use and neighborhood needs when deciding when to close libraries.

The changes took effect Oct. 1.

"I think most people realize the necessity of it," Wullschleger said. "I don't think anyone really likes it, but we've had few complaints."

All branches will be closed on Sundays. Two inner-city branches, West Tampa and Robert W. Saunders in Ybor City, also will be closed Saturdays.

Wullschleger said people who usually go to those branches could visit the nearby John F. Germany Public Library on Ashley Street.

The library system's budget was reduced by $2.9 million in the 2010 fiscal year, and its state aid has been reduced by half in the past eight years.

For a listing of locations and their new hours, visit tr.im/libhours.

HISTORIC HYDE PARK Working with local film students, members of the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association will soon begin making a documentary about the area's many bungalow-style houses.

Titled Celebrate the Bungalow: Hyde Park, the movie will debut at the neighborhood's tour of homes in March. The film also might be screened at the Tampa Bay History Center.

"When you read about the craftsman bungalow, they talk about Southern California, then they talk about Florida and Tampa," said Del Acosta, who is directing the project for the neighborhood association. "We have one of the best inventories in the country."

Students from the International Academy of Design and Technology will help produce the 30-minute movie. Filming will begin Sunday and last through December.

Acosta said he is looking for people of all ages to be extras in several scenes. Anyone interested can contact Ann Altman at aaltman1@mac.com or (813) 230-1008.

DOWNTOWN Because of rain last Friday, the Tampa Downtown Market will begin its second season today.

The market will reopen with 50 vendors selling produce and local crafts.

It will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. each Friday through May 14 at the Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 N Franklin St.

For more details on the event, including a list of vendors, visit tampadowntownmarket.com.

If you know of news in your community, contact Lee Logan at (813) 226-3436 or llogan@sptimes.com.

News on new library hours, Hyde Park bungalows, Tampa Downtown Market 10/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:30am]
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