End summer with a safe, enjoyable holiday weekend.

The grand finale of summer is approaching. The calendar says summer doesn’t end until Sept. 22, but North America calls it quits on September 5.

In the 1880s, the originators of Labor Day made a good point. They said working people needed an extra day of rest between the 4th of July and Thanksgiving.  The idea caught on, and Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894.

At the time, people often worked a six-day week and did mostly physical labor. They used picks and shovels, drove horses, or worked long hours over a set of books. No factory equipment, front loaders or computers were there to help out.  Modern equipment and computers have made work less of a physical activity today. But it’s still work.

But now we have the whole Labor Day Weekend to enjoy and even get some rest at the same time.

One thing we always hope to see: everyone coming back from their adventures safe and unscathed. 

All libraries and bookmobiles will be closed from Saturday, September 3 through Monday, September 5 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.