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.


A Couple Animals In The Library Stories

Bob writes "Okay, the patrons are finally going to the dogs, it's a neat idea, but fraught with great potential problems: has this one.
But what if they don't like the book, are books with cats taboo? Are the other members of the members of the animal kingdom receiving this opportunity?"

Bob also writes "I spoke too soon, Emily the guinea pig lives in the Amy Beverland Elementary School Library and you have to be good to get to read to her:

Read At for more."


When students and librarians work together

Search Engines sez

"Librarians direct students by offering search tips and knowing reputable Web sites.

"Sometimes it’s finding the right words or going to the right site for the right information," Karol Kennedy, a library employee, said. "We try to lead them to sites that are helpful for research projects.""

Read more at Greater Milwaukee Today.


Australian Library refuses to hand over historical flag fragment

Anonymous Patron writes "From ABC Online, Australia: The State Library of Victoria will not hand over a piece of the original Eureka flag which state's Premier, Steve Bracks, believes should be on permanent display in Ballarat.

Mr Bracks is among 2,000 people who attended a ceremony in Ballarat to mark the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade today.

He has written to the State Library in Melbourne and the National Library in Canberra, asking them to give their fragments of the original miners' flag to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, where most of the flag is displayed."


Most Indian books doomed to oblivion

Sheilah writes " reports Of the 60,000 books printed in India each year, only about 24,000 make it to the National Library. Under the Delivery of Books and Newspapers Act, passed in 1954, a copy of every book published in India has to be deposited with the National Library or its regional branches. "


Come the Revolution, the libraries would be first target

The Authentic History Center website has scanned several issues of Treasure Chest, a monthly comic book published by the Catholic Guild. In 1961, they ran a 10-issue series called, "This Godless Communism." The first issue shows what would become of the United States if it became a communist country (for one thing, the government would be moved to Chicago).

So what does this have to do with libraries? Check out the first two panels on this page (or see the transcript below):


Library Top 1000

kmhess writes "OCLC Research has compiled a list of the top 1000 titles owned by member libraries—the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe.

I'm trying to imagine Casey Kasem long distance dedication for the Census..."


Special Collections Go Beyond Books

Here's a story from the UCLA Daily Bruin, promoting their library system's special collections.

The holdings of special collections can be as conventional as books and manuscripts, or as unusual as children's board games in the Young Research Library, antiquated surgical equipment in the biomedical library, or transcripts of interviews with '50s jazz musicians in the Music library.

Library named after John Steinbeck to close

UPI Is Reporting Salinas, Calif., officials say the downtown Steinbeck Library, the El Gabilan branch and the Cesar Chavez branch are to be closed by next July.Unless there is a windfall from John Steinbeck or library supporters, the Salinas city government will close the libraries before July 1, 2005.


Stellar libraries in Midwest, disgraces in miserly South

David Rothman writes "OK. You already know about the '04 edition of Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR). But which are the winners and sinners among the states? Turns out that Midwestern libraries shine as a group if you go by the averages, while Southern libraries are horror stories. The best library state is Ohio; the worst, Mississippi. More at TeleRead."



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