No skinny lattes, lots of smiles

When I was a kid growing up in Ohio, the library was where we went to get the next installment of Encyclopedia Brown. We got the book, checked it out, and went home. The Watertown Library in 2010 goes way beyond stocking books.

One of my favorite rooms is the cafe, where Donald greets everyone with a smile, serves a good cup of coffee, knows the tweens by name, and even bakes some of the muffins and other treats on sale. At a time when scarcity seems to hang heavy in the air, the atmosphere in the cafe is one of abundance: plenty to read, plenty to eat, plenty of community, if you want it.

Outside of your own kitchen, where are you fed? Do you know the name of the guy who serves you coffee? How are you contributing to the abundance exchange economy that keeps people going, day to day?

Donald and customers at the Library Cafe


About amymccreath

I'm a pastor and mother who loves to make connections between people, between ideas, and between stuff we label "sacred" and "secular." I aspire to be like a Cedar of Lebanon in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but like most folks, generally find that I can really only navigate the tumult hand in hand with others. Good coffee helps, too.
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One Response to No skinny lattes, lots of smiles

  1. mompriest says:

    A library with a coffee cafe? I love it…awesome. Thinking of the little ways we reach out and show care for one another. The climate in our country is certainly one that could benefit from less angry reactive thoughtless vitriol and more thoughtful responsive kindness.

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