Houston High School Replaces Library With E-Books and Coffee
Can you imagine a library without books? Well, that has become the reality for the students at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas. The school has thrown out a majority of its physical books in exchange for e-books, and filled the space with all the comforts of a coffeehouse.
According to the Houston Press, Lamar High's library offers students access to Questia, an online library resource we told you about last year. Teens can access books, articles and more through the service, and read away while hanging out on library couches, sipping coffee or noshing on a snack.
The flagship Houston Independent School District school has also reportedly purchased 35 new laptops for the space, and as HISD rep Sarah Greer Osborne says, the school is putting their money into electronic resources instead of paper.
"Yes, there are still books there, but most of it is now e-books where the kids can check out the book, and as long as they have Internet access they can read the book," she adds. "The library is now open from 6:30 to 6:30, a.m. to p.m., and [Principal James McSwain] says the kids are eating it up; they have never seen so many kids in the library before. They only did this a week ago and he says the number of e-books being checked out is through the roof."
What do you think about Lamar High's library coffeehouse? Would you want one in your school? Would you rather read e-books or real books? %Poll-56310%