Library Coffee Shop Progress: Week 5

jazzmans3Coffee falls into the stomach … ideas begin to move,
things remembered arrive at full gallop … the shafts
of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similies arise,
the paper is covered with ink …
– Honore de Balzac

jazzmans1Houston Cole Library’s new coffee shop is coming along. They’ve started setting up the main counter and bringing in cute little tables and bar stools. The tile floor has been installed on one side of the lobby and will soon be installed on the other side (see picture). Click here to access Jazzman’s Cafe & Bakery’s Web site and check out the menu. jazzmans2jazzmans4



Weaver’s First Baptist Church Members Visit the Houston Cole Library

weaver1Members of Weaver’s First Baptist Church came to the Houston Cole Library with Dr. Jordan Barkley today for a field trip. For many of the members, JSU is their Alma Mater and they enjoyed reminiscing about their good ole’ college days. weaver8

One member told us how, as a freshman, she was forced to wear a red hat and pajamas and run down to the  Jacksonville Square. Incoming students- you better feel lucky that times have changed! Another alumna complained that JSU didn’t gain university status until the year AFTER she graduated. I discovered that  JSU’s status changed from “college” to “university” when we started offering our first master’s degree in elementary education. Mrs. Easterwood (I hope I got that right) was delighted to find her son in a copy of the Mimosa Yearbook. weaver20

Other members remembered going to drive-in movie theaters (there were at least two nearby) and eating at the Rocket, Cecils, and a hot dog place of some sort. One of the members remembers using the library at Ramona Woods. I really enjoyed showing the group around and they were very gracious as I am an awful tour guide. weaver7

The group had several good questions for Library Dean John Graham. One member asked him why he didn’t have grey hair since most Dean’s tend to look…well…you know. The Dean seemed flattered but assured the group that he did have at least one grey hair. The Dean also wanted the members to know that the library is also a part of their community and that they are welcome to use our resources and encouraged them to become “Friends of the Library,” which, among other privileges, allows one who joins to check out books. Mrs. Renea Chapman, we are proud to announce, became a Friends of the Houston Cole Library Member right on the spot! weaver13

Although a little rowdy at first, they behaved well out on the 12th floor balcony. We hope the members of Weaver’s First Baptist Church will bless us with their presence again soon, especially when we get our coffee shop up and running!weaver3weaver4weaver2weaver17weaver14


Coming Soon to the Houston Cole Library: Coffee Shop Progress Week 2

      “Its amazing how the World begins to change through the eyes of a cup of coffee!!” ~ Donna Favors


Easels with floor plans of the library’s coffee shop are now being displayed in the lobby of the Houston Cole Library. The name of the coffee  shop is Jazzman’s Cafe & Bakery. Layout of the coffee shopSDC12361Carpet will be replaced by tile on both sides of the lobby


Click on the Jazzman’s poster to visit their Web!SDC12363

Panoramic View from the 12th Floor Balcony of the HCL Library


The Houston Cole Library
The Houston Cole Library


A circulating library in a town is as an evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge! It blossoms through the year!
~Richard Brainsley Sheridan

Enjoy more sunny pictures I took today from the 12th floor balcony of the Houston Cole Library. We once had a fundraiser “Red Wine & Chocolate” up here to raise money for the American Heart Association. It was so nice to enjoy the breeze out on the balcony and look at the stars at night. I hope we do it again! The view of Jacksonville is truly amazing on all sides. It sort of reminds me of Athens in Greece. SDC12339SDC12338
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HCL library: taking pics from top

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Coming Soon to the Houston Cole Library: A Coffee Shop/ Cafe!

coffeeeThere’s nothing like a cup of coffee as  motivation while doing scholarly research. Coffee, books, and research just seem to go together. Much to our excitement, students and faculty will soon (the estimated date of operation is fall semester) enjoy a full coffee shop/ cafe in the lobby of the Houston Cole Library. I’ve sort of seen a rough draft of the layout of the coffee shop and it’s going to be a great place to come for lunch, read, meet with your study partners, fellow faculty & staff members, and enjoy coffee, desserts, and sandwhiches. I will be taking weekly pictures of the progress this summer and posting them on the blog. This week they removed most of the furniture from the lobby (see below). The carpet will also be removed for tile flooring.  SDC12326SDC12325SDC12324