April 18, 2008.
Today I had the most remarkable conversation with Mr. Dale Jones, of Citrus Heights. He hesitantly approached the third floor information desk just after I arrived for my shift, and asked if the flowers on the desk were there in your memory. (They are.)
He had seen the announcement of our first Sunday hours in the Sacramento Bee fifteen years ago, on April 18, 2003, and had come to visit the "new" Central Library on that festive day. He remembers the flags, the excitement, the programs and entertainment, the perfect April weather. Noticing that the afternoon was getting late, he pushed the button at the third floor elevator, turned back and looked at the two librarians standing behind the information desk, stepped into the elevator, and began the journey home. On the news, as he walked into his house, was footage of the shooting that occurred moments after he left the building.
Mr. Jones has visited the third floor of Central Library on this date every year but one in your honor. It was hard for him to talk about it, but he thanked me for listening. I thought you might like to know that you are both remembered.