Library prioritizing its holidays?

Posted 2/24/18

To The Editor:

It is Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, and I am sitting in the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library. The question is, how is this possible, since it is also Presidents Day?

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Library prioritizing its holidays?

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To The Editor:

It is Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, and I am sitting in the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library. The question is, how is this possible, since it is also Presidents Day?

All city, county, state and federal offices are closed today to honor the contributions made by all of our past presidents, but especially Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, whose birthdays fall in this month. Their birthdays, Lincoln on the 12th and Washington on the 22nd, used to be separate holidays on their own, but have succumbed to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968, whereby many traditional dates were moved to create additional three-day weekends.

This brings us back to our Public Library, which just recently observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15, and was closed. This date was preceded by several notices posted on the front doors and within to inform patrons. I happened to drive by in order to return a DVD and was completely surprised to find the library open as usual. The only explanation for this must be that the Library board of directors has readjusted the priority of certain historical figures and is making a statement.

I, for one, am upset that our Public Library seems to be ignoring both Lincoln and Washington, as well as their innumerable contributions to our great Republic.

You?

— Hebert R McGinnis

Cleveland

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