ERIC Number: EJ788690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-1
Cafe Society: Do School Libraries Need a Double Shot of Espresso?
Whelan, Debra Lau
School Library Journal, v54 n1 p36-41 Jan 2008
When Jim Chadwell, the former principal of Northwest High School in Texas, renovated his media center four years ago, he had two things in mind: Starbucks and Barnes & Noble. According to Media Specialist Naomi Bates, Chadwell wanted a place where students could read, do research, and work on classroom assignments, but also socialize. That is exactly what he got--a Java City that sells coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, and smoothies, as well as soups, salads, panini, and wraps--right inside the media center. With several bright red-and-yellow signs, comfy chairs, and warm lighting, there is no real difference between this Java City franchise and others around the country. Except this one is flanked by racks of popular YA titles--and it is packed with teens. On most mornings, when Bates walks into her media center, it is teaming with up to 200 kids, most of whom are reading, studying, or gaming, while enjoying a fresh cup of joe. Thanks to the cafe's popularity, Bates says she is able to spend 90 minutes in the school auditorium each semester booktalking some of the hottest titles to more than 600 kids. She also credits Java City as the main reason why students line up each month to get 60 highly coveted lunch passes to the library.
Descriptors: Learning Resources Centers, Media Specialists, Lighting, School Libraries, Educational Environment, Library Services, Dining Facilities, Student Motivation, Library Role, Nutrition
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