California: Fights Prompt New Hours At Desert Hot Springs Library, Closing Time Now 3 p.m.
Recurring fights among teenagers, including one where a security guard was injured, have prompted the Desert Hot Springs Library to close just as kids would be heading there after school.
The county-run public library announced last week it will not stay open past 3 p.m. because of safety concerns. Officials hope the change is temporary.
“Over the past several months, there have been multiple incidents, and they have been increasing in severity and frequency,” said Barbara Howison, library administrator for Riverside County.
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