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Originally posted by Helig
Cool use of the space but as others have said its ultimately a waste of resources, portable readers like the Nook and Kindle are crushing the existence of hardcopy books and no amount of fancy decoration in some new library is going to stop it from happening.
Originally posted by silent thunder
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle transformed an abandoned Walmart in McAllen, Texas, into a 124,500-square-foot public library, the largest single-floor public library in the United States....The library even has an acoustically separated lounge for teens as well as 6 teen computer labs, 16 public meeting spaces, 14 public study rooms, 64 computer labs, 10 children’s computer labs and 2 genealogy computer labs. Other new features include self check-out units, an auditorium, an art gallery, a used bookstore and a cafe.
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There are so many reasons to be happy about this story, and in a world where communities seem to be disintegrating before our eyes, this is a welcome breath of fresh air.
Wal-Mart and similar "big box stores" are often seen as a form of social blight, stripping communities of their mom-and-pop-store livelihoods, charming neighborhoods, local beauty, and social health. Here is an example of the tables being turned: Out of the ashes of an abandoned big-box monstrosity comes...a library, of all things, and the biggest single-floor one in the US to boot. The concept of opening (rather than closing) a library in this day and age seems almost archaic, but as can be seen at least in McAllen, Texas, the community seems to have strongly and vigorously embraced this new gem: new user registration rose by 23% within the first month after the library’s opening.
It makes me re-consider some of my gloomy assumptions about society: That public space is dying, that the art of reading is on the way out, and that once big-box stores set foot in a community, its a straight-shot downhill. And it makes me wonder in what other ways the disposable, charcterless aspects of postmodern society can be transformed in more positive ways.
edit on 9/9/2012 by silent thunder because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by benrl
Nice to see in the age that heralds the death of the book store.
Ask a group of modern teens what they read and you will get a bunch of blank stares, sad.
We need more of things like this more than ever.
Originally posted by PvtHudson
Originally posted by Iamschist
Ohhh this is so exciting!! I hope libraries flourish, as librarians are fierce upholders of the right to free speech. An abandoned Walmart into something so wonderful! ding dreams for the future!
I don't have a problem with libraries, but they don't make money, improve the economy or create many jobs....This hatred you extreme liberals have of making money and business is going to ruin this country.
EDIT: It's not even an English library...In America... Another wet dream of the extreme left. Oh yeah, this is just great...edit on 10-9-2012 by PvtHudson because: (no reason given)