The recently opened Rend Lake College Coffee Shop offers the modern conveniences of free Internet computer usage, big-screen T.V. viewing and all the fancy flavors and varieties craved by today's consumer, including espressos, lattes, mochas and cappuccinos.
But the upscale Coffee Shop, located in the RLC MarketPlace just off the I-57 and I-64 intersection in Mt. Vernon, is returning to more traditional roots by starting an old-fashioned Book Exchange.
According to RLC Coffee Shop Manager Cindy Hoard, no money will change hands in this attempt for readers to share books of all kinds -- fiction (novels, mysteries, romance, westerns, et al) and nonfiction (history, biographies, management and how-to publications) alike; children's classics or popular titles; textbooks; hardbacks, and/or paperbacks.
Donations of books to help stock the impressive new RLC Coffee Shop shelves are welcome and would truly be appreciated, Hoard added. The public is encouraged to drop off books in good condition during regular business hours of 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays or on-campus at the Marketing/Public Information Office in the Student Center.
Once the shelves become well-stocked, the Book Exchange will operate on a book-for-book swap, up to a maximum of 10 books at any one time.
Participants of area book clubs also are encouraged to contact Hoard regarding the possibility of utilizing the RLC Coffee Shop as a meeting place, either occasionally or on an ongoing basis.
Anyone who might like to join or start a Book/Reading Club is encouraged to contact RLC Coffee Shop personnel so Hoard can put these parties in touch with each other.
Hoard may be reached weekdays at (618) 242-4338 or toll-free (in-district) 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 2060.