Unusual place for a library

While out doing some Christmas shopping last week, I happened upon a branch of the Dallas Public Library in Northpark Mall called Bookmarks. It was closed at the time, so I didn’t get to go in, but it looked like a really cool space. I wasn’t aware that DPL had a branch in the mall, but it seems like a good idea. I wonder how much traffic they get?

A quick check of the branch web site revealed this information:

Bookmarks is a kid-friendly, families welcome, fantastically fun place to read, listen, giggle and learn. The first children’s library to be located in a shopping center in the United States, Bookmarks is nestled between NorthCourt and CenterPark in NorthPark Center, the largest shopping center in North Texas.

Bookmarks offers a five-thousand item collection of materials for ages 0-12, including books, audiobooks on MP3, DVD’s, CD’s, parenting and grandparenting items. The location also offers free wireless internet access and laptop computers for children.

Very interesting concept. If you know more about it, please share in the comments.

4 thoughts on “Unusual place for a library

  1. I’m impressed. Shows 2.0 thinking, doesn’t it? Meeting people where they are, instead of expecting patrons to come to the four walls. Very cool. I’d love to know how people have received it.

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