Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the Christian Science Montior about the growing phenomenon of placing mini libraries in malls. This is about one such library in the Seattle-area King County Library System.
And Bob Cox sends us this one about an informal lending library that's been paired with a hair salon in Columbia, Tennessee. Salon owner Ginger Bryant, a voracious reader, whose clientele prefers book chat over gossip, set up an informal lending library when she relocated to a larger space.
'It's so much better to talk about literature than to talk about people or gossip,' said Bea Curry, a retired Columbia State literature and English teacher. 'And Ginger also keeps up with cultural events, and that keeps us stimulated.'
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