Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
A buddy sent me this. I forward it, unedited:
“Here in a nutshell is what’s wrong with this nation:
Mon-Thu10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun12 – 5 p.m.
Closed – Thursday, January 1, 2015
Closed – Monday, January 19, 2015
Closed – Monday, February 16, 2015
Closed – Sunday, April 5, 2015
Closed – Monday, April 20, 2015
Closed – Monday, May 25, 2015
Closed – Saturday, July 4, 2015
Closed – Monday, September 7, 2015
New Brighton Library will be closed Sept 7-11 for Community Center maintenance!
Closed – Monday, October 12, 2015
Closed – Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Closed – Thursday, November 26, 2015
Open – Friday, November 27, 2015
Closed – Thursday, December 24, 2015
Closed – Friday, December 25, 2015
Open – Thursday, December 31, 2015 until 5 p.m.
Alert – New Brighton Library will close at 4 p.m. on December 31, 2015
Closed – Friday, January 1, 2016
The library is closed pretty much all hours and days that any working person could get there. Closed at 5 on Friday and Saturday. Opens at noon on Sunday, for 5 hours. When I had the kids for the weekends I could get there only if we made a special day of it, couldn’t do anything else around getting to the library. We could just barely get there on Sunday if we ate early then got on the road right after to make it to the hostage exchange on time. Roseville is the busiest library in the entire system, hence it has the longest hours. The others are far worse.
Books bad, basketball good.
Monday–Friday – 6:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday – 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m
Sunday – 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
All sites are CLOSED for the following major holidays:
Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Day
Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Friday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Fourth of July
So the library, where books are, is closed on any holiday, real or imagined, on weekend evenings, most of the day on Sunday, etc. Where as the rec center is open nearly all the time, and the feds want to spend money keeping them open at midnight for basketball.
Back when the GOP controlled the Legislature, the DFL used to whinge “they want to close the libraries!”. I used to ask “What? They’re open?”
The library in my neighborhood – a neglected old place that’s perpetually on the city’s chopping block, and hasn’t nearly the hours that the huge Roseville library has – seems to be open at times most convenient to…library staffers. Not school kids, much less working adults.
And don’t get me started on the fact that the new Roseville “library” seems to allot about 20% of its space to…books.
But maybe that’s what the President means when he prattles about guns being easier to get than books; he’s referring to guns and books owned by government. You can’t get to a book during hours any working person could get there – but the Department of Justice will give you a gun – if you’re a narcotraficante.