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September 26, 2013

City must strive to continue Sunday library openings

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During last Sunday’s reopening, it was appropriate that organizers held a moment of silence in memory of Dempsey’s father, who died a few days earlier at age 84. It was fitting because of the younger Dempsey’s role in getting the money for the Sunday hours, but more importantly because of the elder Dempsey’s history with the library. He drove the library’s bookmobile for 26 years until he retired in 1998.

Mayor James Fiorentini has said the city has enough money to keep the library open on Sundays through May, near the end of the school year.

That leaves the city, its Statehouse representatives and everyone else involved with the challenge of finding a way to make Sunday openings happen most months of every year. That must be a priority.

The public depends on it.

The education of many students depends on it.

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