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3/6/11 10:31 P

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For places like Borders and Barnes & Noble, it works for them. It brings the students in to drink the Starbucks coffee, and use their WiFi, which also sells textbooks, which is what Barnes & Noble specializes in. I think if I owned those stores I'd be a whole lot uncomfortable about the combination of food and books - but then, it's none of my business. As for drinks in a library - can't see it. A library is a place to find a book, study it or check it out, and silence is the word of the day. Not a good combination!
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3/6/11 7:28 P

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I'm ambivalent about this one, I can see so many pros, but also so many cons!

I love the idea of my local library being a comfortable place to go. I rarely use it, except for DH's books.
I use the in-town main library, which also has galleries and a museum. So I can occasionally enjoy a browse through a gallery where I wouldn't have made the trip just for that.
I don't particularly enjoy either library when there are kids in - doesn't matter what age group, they make noise. I'm old-fashioned and enjoy the peace and quiet in a library.
I really don't know about providing coffee/tea - cos you'd end up having to provide soft drinks for the children as well and, as has already been commented, spills and stickiness?
Also - I rarely go out and buy a tea or coffee - I refuse to pay those prices! Especially when the end product is not something I particularly enjoy - this goes for Starbucks too. I can get a far better cuppa at home or at a friend's house.
I know many book shops (well the big chains) provide a cafe area - and I have got say that when I'm in one of those shops, the coffee aroma works wonders. It keeps me in the shop for longer than I would normally stay, and sometimes I end up buying something when I wasn't intending to.

Sorry - I can't really vote one way or the other on this. I'd have to wait and see, and give the project the benefit of the doubt.

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3/5/11 7:24 P

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There's only one library near me and it's a small one. I don't drink coffee so it wouldn't matter to me but if they had smoothies I'd be there in a heart beat just to sit back and read in quiet.

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3/5/11 6:39 P

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Barb, that library sounds wonderful. I always thought the libraries here had the free computer classes and the Rehab Department said they did, but when I went down there they just had use of the computers for 1/2 hour and no more and no classes. I couldn't even figure out how to send email, just receive it. They do have the used book sales. To get new books you have to order them from the downtown branch.

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3/5/11 3:49 P

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I'd choose the library. My neighborhood library in Maryland had a wonderful program to teach adults how to read. It also provided free computer time to library card holders and basic computer classes for those interested in learning. We had weekly book discussion clubs and "Meet the Author" afternoons once a month. All of this was free. We also had great used book sales! There were story-telling programs for young children on the weekends, and instruction classes on how to use the library for older kids.



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3/5/11 1:09 P

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Between library and Starbucks, I would choose the library. They might also get a shop like Starbucks to do the selling of the coffee since I doubt many libraries would have the staff to make the coffee and such for a coffee shop. The large bookstores already do that. It might be a way to keep some of the libraries open and some funding coming into them. Here they closed several libraries last year in one of the larger towns (I think over half of them).

When you add the Bible study in, I would probably go there first if I could afford to get there. We have a mid-day ladies Bible Study that starts with brunch and then prayer and Bible Study. The only problem I have with that is the distance (18 miles) and the cost of gas since I don't get enough disability to cover the bills.

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Our Library is starting something new. They are allowing cell phones and coffee being serve or made and I guess sold at the Library now. They are copying the... Starbucks and other coffee house and meeting places so as to bring young people into the Library.

Many people bring their books to Coffee houses and so the Library wants to bring more young people back to Libraries. It sounds nice but what about... coffee spills? I am wondering how this will be, especilly if kids are in the quotient. Whats your thoughts? Would you be more apt to hang out at a library or a coffee house ? If you had this as a choice would you be more apt to go to the Library or Barnes and Nobles for your books? Would you be more enthusiastic about going to the Library or to a Starbucks or other coffee shops? (I am sure the coffee will probably be better at Starbucks and the atmosphere is different at a Starbucks than Barnes and Nobles or other coffee house. )
Whats your choice ... Library or Starbucks or Bible study class a coffee hour at Chruch?

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