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MLK Day cont.

Ma'am, I cannot do justice to the primary revolutionary movement in America's history for the 20th century via email. Perhaps some of the resources you have displayed in your ML King Display can begin to answer that question for you or others. I noticed that you're not closed for every national holiday nor are you only closed for national holidays, but I did notice that you are closed on Columbus Day. Perhaps whatever considerations that go into place for closing the library on that day can guide you in considering closing the library for MLK Day. I am black and MLK is certainly considered a hero for many Black Americans but his movement was also a significant turning point for racial equality in our nation and he was internationally recognized for his efforts and the Movement's efforts. It's a significant part of American history no matter what color you are and he believed in equality for all, not just blacks. It is hard for me to understand why anyone educated about American history would not want to celebrate his legacy or close their doors in recognition of it. Thank you for listening.


Mon, 2015-01-19 18:00

I apologize for irritating you. My comment asking if I was missing something was because I wasn't sure from your original message if my answer would be sufficient. I was in earnest and did not intend to exacerbate the situation--I clearly failed, and for that I apologize.

If I understand correctly now, you are suggesting that the library close on Martin Luther King Day, pointing out that the library is closed on Columbus Day and asking that we similarly be closed to the public on Martin Luther King Day.

Keeping our doors open on Martin Luther King Day is how we celebrate his legacy--ensuring that the library is open and that information is accessible to all.

If traffic and checkouts on Martin Luther King Day were slow, I would certainly consider it as a closure day instead of Columbus Day--but we find that patrons seek out the library on Martin Luther King Day, checking out materials about him from our displays and attending our educational programs.

Because there is more information-gathering on Martin Luther King Day about Martin Luther King than there is on Columbus Day about Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day is when we close to the public and conduct our all-staff inservice training. The sole reason we are closed on Columbus Day for this training rather than any other day is because it is one of our slower days--less traffic and lower circulation.

I've re-read my original reply and while I didn't see it at the time, I see now how it could be read as a flippant comment. Please accept my apologies, and I hope that this answers your questions more fully.

Eva Davis