Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Libraries get a mall makeover

A Texas branch aims for shoppers -- and thrives. Should the rest of the country follow suit?

Like trucker hats and last week's version of the iPhone, libraries have an image problem. Wait, did you say libraries? Those places with the passed out homeless people and the twenty-year-old editions of the "World Book"? You mean, people actually still go to them? Combine the public reticence to hobnob with vagrants with the imminent obsolescence of books altogether with an economy that's forcing crippling budget cuts, and you might understand why desperate times require dire measures. Like making libraries more like Starbucks.

More library stereotypres. Oh, joy. Our libraries already ARE for "hipsters".

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