Thursday, 13 December 2007

The Library as an Experience

I recently read an article on the libraries of today, and I was struck by the comment that chain bookstores of today have morphed into a full "experience" with comfy chairs and coffee options and loads of perusing in quiet corners that independent bookstores used to have the market on years ago. Cheers to school libraries that are creating the same experience for their kid customers. Small touches like comfy chairs, student artwork, hanging Chinese kites, and a shoes-off option have allowed our school library in Shanghai to have much of that same feeling (except for the coffee bar part that we are sadly lacking!). Kids, teachers and parents alike love the welcoming and warm vibe that the library gives off, and I love nothing better than turning the corner to find a kid with their legs draped over the side of a big easy chair reading a book.

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