Residents rock-out at library (video)
March 21, 2013 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 20, 2013 at 10:21 p.m.
Lamps lit the cozy corners, the smell of coffee permeated the room, and hip music played in the background.
It was a typical scene at any American coffee shop - at least that was the theme the Victoria Public Library was going for Thursday for Late Night at the Library.
"Being at the library at night, it is like something you aren't supposed to do. It is almost rebellious and fun," said Eddie Cisneros, 26, as he tapped his foot to the music and finished a painting on a small table.
Cisneros, an artist in Victoria, came to the library Thursday to work on his paintings inspired by novels, such as "Les Miserables" and "The Lord of the Rings."
"It is comfortable here and open. It seems fitting to do this in a library," he said, as he filled in the face of the British 007 agent James Bond.
More than just being hip and cool, however, Charles Young, of Victoria, said the late hours work better for his schedule. Because he takes online college courses, he says nights are when he needs to get his homework finished.
"I work during the day, so it allows me to come here at night and get things done," Young said, as he typed his physics paper on antigravity.
He hopes the library continues with the late hours.
Jessica Erebia, communication services manager for the library, said they just might do that.
"We are always trying to find new ways to get people into the library. ... I'm not sure if it, something we will do regularly, but if it does work out, it is something we can consider," Erebia said.
She said they will look at feedback from library customers and how many people attended the weekend event when making the decision.
Erebia said organizing the event did not cost very much money because the snacks and coffee were donated to the library, but they did pay for five staff members to work the two and a half hour event.
Erebia said she hopes the event will showcase the services the library already offers, such as gaming stations for playing video games, DVD rentals and computer spaces.
"The whole thing about libraries is they are 'Shh!,' but we aren't like that anymore," Erebia said, laughing, as the music pumped in the background.