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Ken Houghton

Hey, at least you're going in the right direction. Our library stopped Sunday service and cut back from 9:00pm to 6:00pm two of the four late days.

And we probably pay more in property taxes in a month than you do in a year. (Yes, it's That Time of the Quarter again.)


I'd rather have locally owned places, but the local Barnes & Nobles is open late on the weekend. I have been known to sit on their sofas with my own book and drink, or one of their books, after doing some relaxing browsing.


Hell, ours is part of the state Department of Education, and is suffering the same furlough days fate that our teachers and students are. Two Wednesdays a month, gone. Come back, tourists!


Since my suburb rolls up the sidewalks around 7 p.m., I'm happy the library stays open until 9:00. Other than that there's nothing but the local Panera Bread and a bar. (And though I like bars, it's hard to read on karaoke night. Which seems to be every night.) I think I miss the Big City's all-night grocery stores the most, though.


Why not keep weekend and some evening hours by cutting a day or two during the week when kids are at school and most adults are at work?


There's a dearth of places here that stay open past 9pm, period. Unless you count bars and grocery stores, which I don't. Supposedly there's now a coffee-serving place that stays open past 10 on the weekend; we're going to check it out this Friday.

The problem, Lance, is that the world is run by early birds, who think that opening at 8 and closing at 5 makes sense, but that opening at 10 and closing at 7, or opening at noon and closing at 9, are radical ideas. Being open past nine is crazy talk, man!


Rana, we need a new movement. "Shiftworkers of the world, unite!"


Who of you want to work late every night?

Cathie from Canada

Well, I think there are people who would want to work late hours and get decent pay, if such jobs were available.
When I had small children, working from 5 until 10 several days a week would have been a great shift, because then we wouldn't have needed to pay for childcare (and missing arsenic hour with my darling little ones would have been a bonus!)
Not such a great shift when the kids are in school, because then you would hardly see them.


I don't know if I want to work every night, but I do know, based on how teaching a night class is going, that I am much more cheerful and less stupid than when teaching a 9am class, and I really enjoy having my daytime hours free. So I could probably be talked into it, if the pay was decent.

joel hanes

I am proud to report that the
Dr. Martin Luther King Public Library
on East Fernando in San Jose,
a pretty good public library,
is open as follows:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Palo Alto library is not open so early or so late.



Barnes & Noble.

In New York City, of course, there are any number of clean well lighted places open late, so I can't comment on your experience beyond saying that there are plenty of dusty unlit places that ought to close before people get too drunk and disturb my sleep.

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