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There is more information on public libraries on the Libraries Ireland website. If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 07 Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre. Introduction Public libraries are open to everyone and most of their services are free. Library services The services libraries provide differ depending on their size, location and policies. Some of the services available include: Lending services — library members can borrow books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books and other materials.

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Another customer owns an art gallery on Bleecker Street and also lives nearby. Over my past year and a half of volunteering a man named Everett would come in almost every Tuesday. He is always extremely kind and is just a great guy. He has been selling books in New York for years so we would have conversations about different trends in books and reading and I always enjoy seeing him. Peter comes into the store and talks with me about poetry because I have to take the damn English GRE soon, and I know nothing about poetry. Kate and Glen are now friends. I grew up on the far northwest side of Chicago.

Our street was the bordered on an unincorporated suburb.


No public library within a couple of miles, and no bookstores at all. Beginning around age 10, whenever our family piled in the car and went downtown, I started noticing bookstores, galleries, museums, and theaters. Lots of them, some of them huge. At some point it dawned on me: The biggest surprise about working in this bookstore is honestly, truly, I am not just saying this how nice our customers are.

I think when customers come to this store, they feel good about buying books knowing that the purchase supports a great cause. In buying books, they join our community and that creates a culture of a bunch of people who are about to become friends rather than one of a traditional service industry. Social enterprise is a keyword at Housing Works, but I also think it is a key principle in New York City and has been a large part of my personal experience working with publishing, bookstores, authors, comedians, musicians, and other artists in NYC.

When I try to explain my job to my friends and family in other cities, it is a very long run-on sentence. I get to plan, produce, and publicize wildly popular and culturally relevant programs at a beloved NYC institution in order to spread awareness and raise funds for our efforts to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York by I fill my life and my work with books because I believe that literature touches everything and everything touches it. And Housing Works Bookstore Cafe is a perfect example of that. Created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature. Interview with a Bookstore: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Social enterprise, a community space, and a fifty-cent cart.

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