Libaries v. Bookstores

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

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.


The Thackrey Library

AP writes "The Thackrey Library is an impressive collection of wine-making texts. The documents on this site are transcriptions, not scans. This is altogether painstaking, but well worth it: the text retains nearly all of its original aroma and flavor, clearly a crucial point in wine-making, while still permitting anyone, anywhere, to download it quickly and easily, on any sort of computer or internet connection"


Good to the Last Drop: Dimensions and Cultural Implications of Coffee Service in Libraries

"Good to the Last Drop: Dimensions and Cultural Implications of Coffee Service in Libraries" is a neat group webliography from a class at the University of South Carolina. The group selected coffee services in libraries as the issue of the final presentation for the Hypatia Conference. They investigated the general history of coffee and coffeehouses, the history of the coffee service trend, implementation of the coffee concept, surveyed listservs regarding coffee shops in libraries, the pros and cons of coffee shops in libraries, and the cultural implications.


Library of Parliament emerging from cocoon

The crown jewel of Parliament Hill is slowly emerging from wrappings that have cocooned it for almost three years of renovations. The Library of Parliament, a round, stone wedding cake tucked against the back of the Centre Block, has suffered a half-century of winters since its last refurbishment. More From


Iraq's library struggles to rise from the ashes

The Guardian Reports The daylight burning of the library, which the invading US military did not protect, was one of the first costly failures in the post-war chaos of occupation last year.

Now it is slowly being restored. But in a country where recent history remains bitterly disputed, resurrecting the library and national archive has turned into a remarkably sensitive and political operation.


Florida's African-American Library Draws Big Crowds

Anonymous Patron writes " NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on one of the country's few public libraries devoted to African-American culture and history. The Broward County African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been attracting growing crowds ever since it opened two years ago."


Changing Brick by Brick

The search engine web person would like for you to read this Library Journal article about the changing needs for libraries and their physical spaces.


Libraries are branching out In the 21st century

Anonymous Patron writes "San Francisco Chronicle Looks at how librarians throughout the Bay Area try to attract new users.
They say "It may be easier to find a book about Portugal in the travel section of a bookstore than to decipher the Dewey Decimal System," but over all the article isn't so bad. They spin libraries against book stores."


Literary and Historical Society of Québec (LSHQ)

Fang-Face writes "The Literary and Historical Society of Québec is slated to undergo major renovations. You can read about the historicity of the Morrin Center here in Le Soleil, or, if your French isn't quite up to it, you can select the TRANSLATE PAGE option on the Google search results page. The Morrin Center is the one I once characterized as being the only library in the world with its own dungeon. I do hope they open the basement cells to touring visitors. It would certainly provide steady income."


Grabbing A Coffee @ Your Library Not Proving Profitable

Further to last week's discussion on coffee in the library , here's an article about how things are not working out particularly well for several coffee/bakery companies operating in libraries in Illinois.

Owners of the Napolean Bakery in the Naperville Library have yet to break even since establishing their business last fall, and customer levels are falling significantly below their expectations. Library patrons are a different crowd than the latte sippers in big box bookstores it appears.



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