Libraries could use some noise and crumbs

From San Luis Obispo (CA) Tribune

‘Am I actually suggesting that grand old libraries, guardians of silence and of free public access, should follow in the footsteps of greedy corporations? That we should sacrifice shelf space for espresso machines? That the “No Food or Drink!” signs, beaten with age, should be stripped from the doors?

In a word: Yes.

In fact, the concept is already being used by a handful of public libraries around the country to attract patrons and make extra cash.’

The article contends that a ‘handful’ (?) of libraries across the country have taken the Starbucks/Barnes & Noble route and that ‘The rise of branded third places like the coffee shop and the literary superstores has directly coincided with the fall of libraries.’ No data is cited.