Special Snowflake at the library:
During the summer, our town library usually closes at 1 pm, instead of staying open until 5. This week, with the 4th of July holiday on Thursday, the library is closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as closing as usual on Sunday. Our library staff is getting a long weekend. There have been signs up in the library for the past three weeks about the closing. There have been at least two emails that I've seen announcing the closing. The library's website has the closing in big red letters on the home page.
So I went to the library today to stock up on fun things to read for the next week or so. While waiting in line to check the books out, I overhead the following conversation.
Patron: That sign says you are closed this week?
Library staff: Yes, We will be closed on the 4th, as well as Friday and Saturday.
P: You can't do that.
LS: The decision was made by the mayor and the City Council--all city offices are closed those days.
P: Well, you will need to open the children's room. This is outrageous! What am I going to do with my kids on Saturday?
LS: The City has a lot of activities going on this weekend. There's a brochure on that table over there. There are a lot of kids' activities at the Children's Museum, there's a special walking tour of downtown, the pool is open extra hours.
P: No. I need the library open on Saturday so you can watch my kids. I can't take them to those stupid activities. I have to work. It's bad enough you close at one, so my mother has to come and pick them up early.
Sure, the city will open the building, pay the utilities, pay the staff, and pay the security people, so you can have free child care on Saturday morning.