Desoto County News

First Regional Library expands operating hours

Photo: The B.J. Chain Public Library in Olive Branch, part of the First Regional Library system. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

The First Regional Library system (FRL) has announced new hours of operations for its libraries, including the five in DeSoto County; Hernando, Olive Branch, Southaven, Horn Lake, and Walls.  

Of the five, only Olive Branch is open Sunday afternoon, from 2-5 p.m. The rest of the week, Olive Branch will be open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for a total of 58 weekly hours of operation.  

Southaven will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for a total of 50 operating hours.  

Horn Lake is open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for a total of 48.5 operating hours.  

The Hernando library is open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for a total of 55 operating hours.  

The Walls library opens at 10 a.m. each day, Monday through Saturday, closes at 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and closes on Saturday at 4 p.m. for a total of 45.5 operating hours.  

“We are happy to report that we have returned to the full operating hours for all of our First Regional Library branches, and we have even added a few more for Hernando, just in time for school to start and when we will have lots more students in the libraries,” noted FRL Assistant Director for Public Services Jennifer Stephenson in an email this week to the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors.  New FRL system director Lori Barnes was introduced to the board at its most recent meeting on Monday, Aug. 2.  

The five libraries in DeSoto County are part of the 14 locations that make up the First Regional Library system. More information is available on the First Regional Library system website.  

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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