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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Eating, Drinking Allowed In Libraries; Hell Now At "Sweater-Weather" Temperature

The Los Angeles Times, never one to overstate current events, reports that "a gastronomic and cultural revolution" is afoot in American college and university libraries.

In a bid to convince students to "chill" at the school library instead of at a cool hangout like Starbucks, some universities are putting Starbucks cafes right in their libraries. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? If this doesn't get the kids to learn, perhaps they could try making books out of delicious cookies to trick the kids into reading them! Naturally, the cookies would be made by the Starbucks corporation.

Even many of the rebellious libraries without a Starbucks (at least not yet) are allowing consumption of beverages and food... except around rare books.

Marje Schuetze-Coburn, the dean of libraries at USC (a Starbucks-enhanced school) calls this "the Borders, Barnes & Noble model."

Maybe libraries are just afraid that with a bit of patience, you can learn anything from Google. If all kids need is the Interweb, maybe they don't need a fancy college education either...

Starbucks long ago reached the stage where new ones were opening in the restrooms of existing Starbucks. They're in hospitals, libraries, airports... are they in funeral homes? Is anyplace sacred? There might well be Starbucks in the lobby of Folgers headquarters. It's like a virus. A flavored virus that lies about the meaning of "large".

Green Day - At the Library (available on 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours)

Tahiti 80 - Open Book (available on Wallpaper for the Soul)

Old 97's - Book of Poems (available on Satellite Rides)


Blogger xolondon said...

There is a Starbucks IN The Forbidden City in Beijing! And Hopkins, btw, has a little cafe in its library that is a huge success, though food is not allowed n the stacks.

8:15 PM  
Blogger trill42 said...

The Forbidden City couldn't resist frappuccinos?! I'm down with not allowing food in the stacks. Although... if you outlaw food in the stacks, only outlaws will have food in the stacks. Seriously, the idea of lounging around snacking in a school library seems so strange. If there are any old-school (so to speak!) librarians left, I wonder how they stand it.

12:26 AM  

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