Stapleton Study: Residents Have No Interest in Books or Reading on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays

A recent Stapleton study confirmed what the city government and libraries already knew: people simply don’t want to read on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays. “Who has time on those days to read,” said Stapleton resident Aaron Hill. “I think most people reserve their Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for reading time. It’s just common sense.” Long time Denver librarian Patricia Collins agrees. “I have been doing this for over thirty years, and without using any data, I can tell you that those three days are completely dead in libraries,” said Collins. “Back when there were book stores, they had hardly any business on those days either.” Although some changes may be taking place soon to keep libraries open on these days, Collins does not feel it is necessary. “Keep them open on those days?” asks Collins? “Why? To waste librarians time and use tax dollars? I don’t think it is a good idea at all.” Although data and most public opinion polls show that keeping the doors closed on these days is the right thing to do, not everyone agrees. “People get way too caught up in the data,” says resident and proponent of more open days for libraries Sam Essex. “Whether people are reading or not, we should have the option. Plus, the library is not just for reading anymore. You can rent DVD’s, read the paper, do homework, etc. Oh, the library also happens to be a public resource that many people take advantage of to find jobs. So, I guess that is important, too.” The library is expected to expand its hours in the next few months, but it will not be without controversy. “We pay the highest property taxes I think in the world, here in Stapleton,” says Hill. “Why do I want my taxes funding something that is basically going completely unused. It just doesn’t make sense.” The fight to keep the library doors closed seems far from over. ]]>

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