Bookstores have coffee, storytime, babysitting and stain-retardant carpet, making them more attractive than libraries to many parents of young children. But, according to this piece at TheDay.com
Libraries, in turn, have learned from the giant retailers. Many libraries now sell coffee drinks and set up elaborate displays, even train tables, patterned after those at the bookstores, said Cynthia Richey, a 30-year librarian in Mount Lebanon, Pa.
And, hey, many parents think that librarians make great babysitters. The good news from this article is that library use has remained steady since 1995, according to the latest ALA figures.