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Old 02-05-2009, 09:29 AM
 
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If they are looking to increase membership, then they need to do something. I've joined many libraries in my lifetime, and I would have to say, SA's programs are subpar. They really need to get better programs, family events, children's programs, book clubs, etc. I know they have these, but they are a little on the lame side and not well advertised. Not to mention, for goodness sake, please add a library on the far west side!!! I drive about 10-15 minutes just to get to the library! Every other town I was in was about a 5 minute jaunt down the road! I know I'll probably get bashed for this, but it's my opinion. I hope there is something new and exciting to increase their membership!
Moki ~ I AGREE!! We need one that's closer! However, since the libraries are funded by CITY taxes, and the majority of the residents over this way don't pay"city taxes" (cause they're technically outside the city limits), there prolly won't be one in the plans anytime soon. (It's one of my "soapbox" issues! I'll get flamed for this for sure ~ but I honestly believe that if someone doesn't pay city taxes, they should be able to get "check out" privileges. Let the flames begin. )
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:18 AM
 
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You beat me to the story on this one. Here's a direct link to the site for the library coffee operation.

javaNook ~ More than Coffee
It's a friend of mine who opened it
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:28 AM
 
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Also, Casa Chiapas...the owners are REALLY friendly and they have great coffee. It's always nice and quiet in there! It's in Southtown also.
I agree - great coffee shop, but I thought that they closed down in December. I stopped by a couple times last month and found the doors locked. Does anyone know differently (or what happened)?
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:34 AM
 
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In my opinion, SA is seriously lacking in the coffee shop area. I've been spending a lot more time in Austin lately, and that city is STACKED with great cafes: places with plenty of people working; soft (if existent at all) music; plenty of outlets; late hours (midnight at least); and a generally good vibe.

In SA, I usually work at a Starbucks close to my place. It's open until 11pm, which is about as good as it gets. (Although I've been thinking about appropriating the IHOP on Broadway for late-night work sessions. Sometimes, 11 is just too early.)

The downtown Ruta Maya closed, which is very sad.

Timo's is good during the day (especially because they DON'T have wireless, which means you actually work).

Cafe Latino has barely a table.

I refuse to step foot in G.I.G.

Candlelight is kind of nice, but not really a read/study vibe.

The Foundry is open until 1pm (!!!).

Justin's on Main was great for afternoons, but then they closed the big, empty room with the nice tables.

Uggg, this is all frustrating to me. Sorry for the venting.

PS--All of the places I mention are close to downtown, right north of the city, which is where I live. There might be places farther out, but I"m not sure.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:51 PM
 
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We are in the Medical Center Area. Barnes and Noble and Starbucks are good ideas, but I guess we were looking for something a little more cozy. I used to go to one up in Kansas and havent' really found anything like that here. Not that we have looked a ton.

Thanks for the ideas!!!
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:53 PM
 
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In my opinion, SA is seriously lacking in the coffee shop area. I've been spending a lot more time in Austin lately, and that city is STACKED with great cafes: places with plenty of people working; soft (if existent at all) music; plenty of outlets; late hours (midnight at least); and a generally good vibe.

In SA, I usually work at a Starbucks close to my place. It's open until 11pm, which is about as good as it gets. (Although I've been thinking about appropriating the IHOP on Broadway for late-night work sessions. Sometimes, 11 is just too early.)

The downtown Ruta Maya closed, which is very sad.

Timo's is good during the day (especially because they DON'T have wireless, which means you actually work).

Cafe Latino has barely a table.

I refuse to step foot in G.I.G.

Candlelight is kind of nice, but not really a read/study vibe.

The Foundry is open until 1pm (!!!).

Justin's on Main was great for afternoons, but then they closed the big, empty room with the nice tables.

Uggg, this is all frustrating to me. Sorry for the venting.

PS--All of the places I mention are close to downtown, right north of the city, which is where I live. There might be places farther out, but I"m not sure.

I agree...San Antonio has been sort of frustrating for us trying to find some of the fun things we found in other cities.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:54 PM
 
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The Candlelight is a nice place to relax and read. Free wi-fi to boot...

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Thanks, we'll check it out.
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:55 PM
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It's a friend of mine who opened it
I think it's a great concept and makes the library a place that more people will want to linger in. Libraries need to have broader appeal to keep the traffic up and justify the taxpayers' support. Too many people below a certain age think everything they need to know is Google-able. Some important stuff is still on the shelves of the library.
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:05 PM
 
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Candlelight is nice. IAMA Coffee is nice (I think that's the name - IAMA Cafe? The IAMA part is correct. It's on Babcock just off Fred). There's one in the Strand at Huebner Oaks, too - lost the name of it. "Just Grounds" keeps popping in my head, but I KNOW that isn't right!
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Old 02-05-2009, 10:09 PM
 
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I think it's a great concept and makes the library a place that more people will want to linger in. Libraries need to have broader appeal to keep the traffic up and justify the taxpayers' support. Too many people below a certain age think everything they need to know is Google-able. Some important stuff is still on the shelves of the library.
I LOVE my library - Cody branch - but no way in heck I want to linger there. Sorry, but there are always too many kids. I know that sounds awful, but seriously. I can't relax and enjoy my book when there are kids running around and screaming.

So I put holds on books online, run in, grab 'em, use the self checkout and get out before my haid explodes.
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