November 26, 2020

Baltimore Metro: "Libraries Invite Patrons to Have a Coffee, Stay a While"

From the Baltimore Sun:

When Howard County unveils its new 63,000-square-foot library in December, patrons will be welcomed into a high-tech facility with a computer classroom and a historical center. Officials also plan a garden that they envision will be charming enough for weddings.

Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library system will this month open its first small eatery in a neighborhood branch, where people can snack on fresh pastries, sandwiches or coffee while they use the library’s wi-fi.

Far from the stuffy, silent archives of old, today’s libraries are inviting patrons to come often and linger, have a snack and meet with friends. As they build new spaces or renovate old ones, officials are responding to patrons’ changing needs by adding tech-savvy features, providing food and drinks and reconsidering how people use library spaces.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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