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Houston High School Library Goes Virtual

A Texas school principal junks library books in favor of a "coffee-shop" style e-book campaign.

In a bold move that seems to echo the sentiments of Ray Bradbury’s controversial novel Fahrenheit 451, Lamar High School James McSwain disposed of a vast majority of the books in the school library–now remodeled in the style of a coffee shop– in favor of an e-book campaign.

According to a spokesperson of the Houston Independent School District (HISD):

The school library has been updated. It’s got a lot of new electronic equipment. Most of it’s e-books and new laptops and they’re putting their money, instead of into paper, they’re putting it into electronic resources.

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. The library is now open from 6:30 to 6:30, a.m. to p.m., and [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.

[McSwain] says the kids love it. They did put coffee and food in there so the kids when they’re staying after school and before the kids can have a little coffee, read a book it’s just like Starbucks. Except they’re providing the books as well. The kids are eating it up that’s what they want. They want the e-books.

Houston Independent School District

[via Houston Press]

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