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(Gawker)   Town converts abandoned, 124,500 square-foot Walmart into award-winning public library. Fark: Texas   (gawker.com) divider line 114
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2012-07-05 01:24:39 PM
That is FARK, Texas is a town?
 
2012-07-05 01:25:14 PM
That's a lot of coloring books.
 
2012-07-05 01:27:25 PM
Not a library, book burning warehouse
 
2012-07-05 01:30:42 PM

naz-drala: Not a library, book burning warehouse


That was my thought: putting all the books in one place just makes it that much easier when the Tea Party fundies show up soon to torch everything that doesn't follow party dogma.
 
2012-07-05 01:31:19 PM
It's probably just full of bibles.
 
2012-07-05 01:31:34 PM
There are tiny spots of Texas that are not complete redneck hellholes.

Shocking, I know.

/tiny spots.. and getting tinier by the day.
 
2012-07-05 01:34:55 PM
But how many of the books are you allowed to check out?
Are most of them on the restricted list?
 
2012-07-05 01:37:46 PM
Upon its completion, the McAllen Public Library became the largest single-story library in the United States.

nice qualifier.
 
2012-07-05 01:38:33 PM
A big book depository-type place, in Texas? What could go wrong?
 
2012-07-05 01:39:21 PM
Sometimes I wonder if you people get all your ideas about the outside world from TV and message boards.
 
2012-07-05 01:39:50 PM
What ya readin' for?
 
2012-07-05 01:41:18 PM

gremlin1: But how many of the books are you allowed to check out?
Are most of them on the restricted list?


I'll have you know the section that caters to the adults has one of the most complete collections of "Sweet Pickles" books in the nation, with multiple copies to ensure availability. They tend to play light on "The Hardy Boys" and "Nancy Drew" due to their rather racy and controversial topics.
 
2012-07-05 01:41:21 PM
It's award winning because the spines of the books have never been cracked.
 
2012-07-05 01:46:11 PM
probably more of a museum, since most texans have never actually seen a book... other than the 'good book', of course.
 
2012-07-05 01:48:32 PM
How could they build a library when the name uses letters other than just USA?
 
2012-07-05 01:48:37 PM

LemSkroob: Upon its completion, the McAllen Public Library became the largest single-story library in the United States.

nice qualifier.


I'm not sure I'd want to visit a library that only has one story. Certainly not after I've read it.
 
2012-07-05 01:49:03 PM

LemSkroob: Upon its completion, the McAllen Public Library became the largest single-story library in the United States.

nice qualifier.


Would be funnier if it was a two story (NPI) building with only stairs and all the books put on the second floor.
 
2012-07-05 01:49:06 PM
probably no science section, a whole shelf of Bibles and weekly writing contests for the kids "Why Jesus is awesome!"
 
2012-07-05 01:49:15 PM

floorpie: A big book depository-type place, in Texas? What could go wrong?


Being a single story building does limit the damage. Less of a vantage point. Now if they were to scab on a clock tower I would run the opposite direction.

/I always refered to the clocktower building at my college as Whitman Hall. No one ever made the connection.
 
2012-07-05 01:49:24 PM
Notice the spanish "ficcíon" section on display? That's why it's award winning: Mexican immigrants are running your libraries now and taking your JERBS!
 
2012-07-05 01:52:05 PM

Lord Dimwit: What ya readin' for?


Gee, I don't know. Maybe so I don't become a waitress at a farking Waffle House!
 
2012-07-05 01:52:21 PM

Sofa King Smart: probably more of a museum, since most texans have never actually seen a book... other than the 'good book', of course.


When you done gone and read yerself the perfect book, you don't need you to be readin' yerself none o' dem other books!
 
2012-07-05 01:52:48 PM
And here is our Dean Koontz section. And over here is every single Anne Macaffrey dragon book ever written. You'll notice that there isn't a single person browsing through the nonfiction section. There's one guy in reference but he's trying to find a Chilton for a 93 Cutlass Supreme. He can't find it because he didn't use the card catalog, which people don't use when they realize those aren't part of the computer lab which is full 24/7
 
2012-07-05 01:53:02 PM

floorpie: A big book depository-type place, in Texas? What could go wrong?


It's only one story, so not much.
 
2012-07-05 01:58:34 PM

IronOcelot: There are tiny spots of Texas that are not complete redneck hellholes.

Shocking, I know.

/tiny spots.. and getting tinier by the day.


Austin...and then everything else. A tiny speck of blue holding out against all that red.
 
2012-07-05 02:02:51 PM

jbuist: Lord Dimwit: What ya readin' for?

Gee, I don't know. Maybe so I don't become a waitress at a farking Waffle House!


Hey buddy, come ere.

/Libraries WOO!
 
2012-07-05 02:04:34 PM

IronOcelot: There are tiny spots of Texas that are not complete redneck hellholes.

Shocking, I know.

/tiny spots.. and getting tinier by the day.


Given the tone of your post, I'm assuming areas that would qualify might be such "tiny spots getting tinier" as the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 13th most populous cities in the U.S. (all of which have Democratic mayors, favored Obama in 2008, and are growing)?

Hate on Texas all you want; there are plenty problems here. But, FFS, it's not a homogeneous, wall-to-wall, GOP empire. Those four cities alone account for ~20% of the population of the state.

/yeah, yeah... "no true Scots-Democrat". whatever.
 
2012-07-05 02:05:12 PM

LemSkroob: Upon its completion, the McAllen Public Library became the largest single-story library in the United States.


meandmybigmouth.typepad.com

What a single-story library might look like
 
2012-07-05 02:07:09 PM
Only problem is the receipt checkers at the door, and every time a book is checked out, it's replaced by a cheap Chinese copy.
 
2012-07-05 02:08:50 PM
My town is turning an abandoned grocery store into a library and a few other shops. It's not WalMart big, but it's going to be one of the bigger libraries in the area.
 
2012-07-05 02:16:41 PM

IronOcelot: There are tiny spots of Texas that are not complete redneck hellholes.

Shocking, I know.

/tiny spots.. and getting tinier by the day.


Actually, they are starting to rebound from that, thanks to the fact the hispanics have more children on average than whites. The only way Texas can offset this is by immigration...from the north.

2020, the year we turn blue?
 
2012-07-05 02:16:41 PM
Texas, where they no longer throw people in jail for marijuana possession (they've started to realize the 'war on drugs' is costly and just makes more inmates) and Wal-Mart's turn into Libraries!

It's almost like an 'anti-america' brewing down there
 
2012-07-05 02:17:23 PM
Just wait until Barnes & Noble's retail operation dies. (like all the trees that created it.)
 
2012-07-05 02:19:20 PM
I don't know why anyone would troll this one. Regardless of politics, States, Towns, etc., this is awesome. Be nice to see more like this.
 
2012-07-05 02:19:42 PM
Good job.
 
2012-07-05 02:23:31 PM

Tax Boy: LemSkroob: Upon its completion, the McAllen Public Library became the largest single-story library in the United States.



What a single-story library might look like


From the pic it looks like a two story.

/if you count basements
 
2012-07-05 02:39:36 PM

the.swartz: I don't know why anyone would troll this one. Regardless of politics, States, Towns, etc., this is awesome. Be nice to see more like this.


Because its Texas.

When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison. I was tempted to post some of the same things some of the good, kind heart liberals said about Texas fires verbatim but just switch the name to Colorado, then watch the screaming rhetoric in response before posting the posting screen shots of some of the things that were said about Texas but it seemed like a way to get hit with a mod hammer.

But mostly? California followed the liberal way, and is going down the drain economically while Texas is booming. You will find that nothing pisses off liberals so much as proof of how wrong they are.
 
2012-07-05 02:40:12 PM
Gawker was not exactly truthful when they said WalMart left McAllen. WalMart still has two supercenters in McAllen
 
2012-07-05 02:54:52 PM
The library contains only a single copy of each state enforced death penalty.
 
2012-07-05 02:56:29 PM

Tax Boy: LemSkroob: Upon its completion, the McAllen Public Library became the largest single-story library in the United States.

[meandmybigmouth.typepad.com image 200x150]

What a single-story library might look like


wait a minute, i see a book on the bottom shelf

it's secretly a two story
 
2012-07-05 02:59:11 PM
Wow, so much TX hate. It must really bother you Libs that TX has such a vibrant economy, which produce some of the best semiconductor IC's on the planet. Enjoy your meaningless existence in a gray high rise...for the rest of your lives.
 
2012-07-05 03:02:08 PM
anyway, cool use for a giant big box store, and if I lived ther, I'd try to check out the whole sci fi section

as big as it is, i hope there's a separate section for science fiction and for fantasy
 
2012-07-05 03:02:46 PM

Wook: Wow, so much TX hate. It must really bother you Libs that TX has such a vibrant economy, which produce some of the best semiconductor IC's on the planet. Enjoy your meaningless existence in a gray high rise...for the rest of your lives.


Fark 'em Wook, they are jealous just like they were during the 1980's when all of the Carpetbaggers came to Texas a second time.
 
2012-07-05 03:06:25 PM

Gimli_Gloin: Fark 'em Wook, they are jealous just like they were during the 1980's when all of the Carpetbaggers came to Texas a second time.


I do hope you're referring to the late 80's cause the early 80's sucked like hell when oil bottomed out
 
2012-07-05 03:11:14 PM
McAllen huh? Wonder how many of these books are in Spanish?

/ducks
 
2012-07-05 03:11:51 PM

Lyonid: IronOcelot: There are tiny spots of Texas that are not complete redneck hellholes.

Shocking, I know.

/tiny spots.. and getting tinier by the day.

Given the tone of your post, I'm assuming areas that would qualify might be such "tiny spots getting tinier" as the 4th, 7th, 9th, and 13th most populous cities in the U.S. (all of which have Democratic mayors, favored Obama in 2008, and are growing)?

Hate on Texas all you want; there are plenty problems here. But, FFS, it's not a homogeneous, wall-to-wall, GOP empire. Those four cities alone account for ~20% of the population of the state.

/yeah, yeah... "no true Scots-Democrat". whatever.


Uh, I was born in Texas. In Houston at Ben Taub to be exact. I just got back last week from about a month long stint in Hunstville(still laugh about Big Sam) helping out with my one of my daughter's first born.

So yeah I do know.

The thing is all those populous and growing areas that are not wall-to-wall GOP have voting pools that are either apathetic or to disorganized to slow down the Good Ol' Boy network when it comes to most of the local and state politics.


/ I will say I was stunned(in a good way) over Houston's choice of Parker as mayor.
 
2012-07-05 03:12:22 PM

randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison. I was tempted to post some of the same things some of the good, kind heart liberals said about Texas fires verbatim but just switch the name to Colorado, then watch the screaming rhetoric in response before posting the posting screen shots of some of the things that were said about Texas but it seemed like a way to get hit with a mod hammer.

But mostly? California followed the liberal way, and is going down the drain economically while Texas is booming. You will find that nothing pisses off liberals so much as proof of how wrong they are.


What?
 
2012-07-05 03:13:29 PM

randomjsa: When they were having wild fires down there it was just a laugh riot here on Fark, because property being destroyed and lives being threatened is just so hilarious when you're an ignorant hate monger that makes even the worst of the people you disagree with seem wonderful by comparison. I was tempted to post some of the same things some of the good, kind heart liberals said about Texas fires verbatim but just switch the name to Colorado, then watch the screaming rhetoric in response before posting the posting screen shots of some of the things that were said about Texas but it seemed like a way to get hit with a mod hammer.


Go for it. The fire happened in one of the most conservative/libertarian areas of the state.

You think you're going to outrage libs with that? LO farking L.

Sidenote: What happened in CO Springs was terrible and hard to watch on TV. Even if the city is full of Ayn Rand reading, Christian fundamentalist farktards. I know there are others in CO Springs that don't fit this unfortunate stereotype
 
2012-07-05 03:13:37 PM
wait a second here....

A Walmart went out of business?

In Texas!?
 
2012-07-05 03:16:08 PM

randomjsa: California followed the liberal way, and is going down the drain economically while Texas is booming.


At least until the oil industry busts again...

/BTW: Texas is in a fiscal hole nearly as deep as CA
 
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