D.C. schools, libraries closed Friday

Schoolchildren in D.C. don't have school or a library to go to on Friday. They're both closed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia public schools are closed Friday for a professional development day.

But the system's 46,000 students won't be able to spend their free time in the district's libraries — those are closed too, for staff development.

Library spokesman George Williams tells The Washington Post that the timing is a "coincidence."

He says libraries also closed last year on the first Friday of December and that he hadn't known schools would also be closed.