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Enoch Pratt Library ‘Perks Up’ Its Services With Coffee Shop

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Library is perking up its services.

Monique Griego has more on the first-ever coffee shop and cafe that’s opening up.

Internet access is one thing that draws Andrea Hamilton to the library.  But coffee, she says, will soon be another.

“If you go to a coffee shop now, it’s a place people hang out,” she said.

Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library System is keeping up with the times by perking up patrons with a new coffee shop at the Highlandtown branch.

“This is another chapter in how libraries are changing.  We’re more community center than a depository of books,” said Roswell Encina, Enoch Pratt.

Crews are working on the final touches of the David & Dad’s Cafe, which is set to open up in just a few weeks.

“I think it’s going to be a perfect partnership.  Everybody likes to drink a cup of coffee while reading a book,” said David Cangialosi, David & Dad’s owner.

But the cafe is only part of the library’s effort to change with the times.

“Whoever thought you could come to the library and check out CDs and movies.  Now you can come over, grab a pastry, eat a salad,” said Encina.

Library leaders hope the charm of the original cafe on Charles Street will draw in more people like Hamilton, who likes having things all in one place.

“I think if you bring it there, more people will actually use the library and maybe pick up a book,” said Hamilton.

The cafe is scheduled to open on Sept. 21.

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