The Dundalk and Riverview elementary school libraries will remain open longer to make up for some of the service Dundalk and Lansdowne youngsters lost when regular libraries closed last month because of budget restraints.
Under a pilot program announced yesterday, the school libraries will be open until 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. until noon the first Saturday of each month. Students from private and parochial schools will be able to use the libraries, which will have fax machines and the full computerized county library catalog.
Bus transportation from Dundalk Elementary to the Turners Station area will be provided at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays so students will be able to get home.
Nancy Brooks, president of the Board of Library Trustees, said parents in Dundalk and Lansdowne, both relatively isolated areas, have been concerned about the needs of younger children. This was a major factor in deciding which schools to put in the program, she said.
Residents of Turners Station, a predominantly black neighborhood south of Dundalk, also had complained about being cut off from library services.
The program will cost about $6,000 and will be paid for by school funds, said school Superintendent Stuart D. Berger.
County Executive Roger B. Hayden said the program will be evaluated at the end of the school year.
Lansdowne and Dundalk were among eight small libraries closed last month, along with the full-service Loch Raven branch.