Check this out, from the Washington Times: “All but 12” of the D.C. public libraries “have been closed on Sundays as of Nov. 11. The closures are expected to last until the end of January.”
Now, why could this be? Renovations? No. Budgetary problems? No.
Get this: Library staff have built up too much vacation leave, and they’re using it all at the end of the year, so D.C. residents are out of luck. This is an old, old problem in the arena of personnel management, and companies and municipalities across the country have found ways to avoid having their people take all their years of accumulated vacation time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Not the District, apparently.
My favorite, though, is this quote from DCPL spokesperson: “Unlike most agencies, DCPL is open to serve the public on Saturdays and Sundays,” Kandace Foreman told the Times.
Two things: Not this winter you’re not. And, hey, you’re the goddamn library—of course you’re supposed to be open on weekends. That’s like saying, “Unlike most barber shops, hospitals are open on Mondays.”