We are very sorry to observe that the Payson Public Library is no longer open on Saturdays. As concerned citizens of this nice little town, we would like to help in any way that we can.
As parents and grandparents, we know that Saturday is a day when families sometimes have time to go to the library. With our own longstanding habit of going to the library on a weekly basis wherever we have lived, our family has always gone to get books and other library materials on Saturday as a part of our weekly schedule. Our grown children and their families, now living in Wyoming and in California, also take their kids to get their books on Saturday. We do surely understand the need for economic conservatism. If the Payson library can be open for only five days a week, we would suggest closure on Monday, rather than Saturday.
The Payson Public Library is a great asset to our community. Its closure on Saturday gives the impression of being unfriendly to the needs of families and weekend residents of Payson.
Even though the library is open until 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, school children frequently have sports practices, music lessons, and many other activities that make such hours difficult. Parents and caregivers work; they have very busy schedules. Payson also has many weekend-only residents coming up from the Valley, who would like to use the library while they are in town. On our last, and frustrated, Saturday trip to the Payson library, my husband and I saw a number of people parking, going up to the library door, and, puzzled, turning away.
We hope that you will consider a Tuesday through Saturday revision of the library’s hours. Please let us know how we can help, at least if only to help you find some people to work at the library, or else let us work there on Saturdays!
Dr. Victoria B. Harris and
Neil E. Harris
Editor’s note: According to personnel at the library, the limited hours are a temporary situation, which will be changed once the facility again has a full staff.