CU opens coffee, snack shop

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Is open to the public, has late-night hours.



Christina L. Kern

Lucas Pennington

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University has added Books n Beans, a new coffee and snack shop, to Montgomery Library this semester.

Books n Beans, which is also open to the public, is open seven days a week, on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Books n Beans is located inside the Bright-Redmon Commons of Montgomery Library, located on CU's campus. Entrances are located in front and at the newest entrance off the Chowning Patio.

A ribbon cutting was recently held for the Bright-Redmon Commons, named for George and Floydene Redmon Bright, and the Chowning Patio, named for John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president, and his wife Cathy.

At the ribbon cutting, Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU, said, CU strives to make a turn in a godly direction.

"There is a turn that takes place in people's lives at this institution," he said.

Carter thanked the Brights and Chowning for their contribution to improve Montgomery Library and make a nice common area for socializing and studying.

"It is out of these capital projects where a turn takes place," Carter said. "We are really here to celebrate the turn which takes place because of the power of Jesus Christ. Christian higher education will always be under our Lord."

Jodi Allen, dean of student services, said, "You can tell a space is incredibly useful when students start to put it in their daily vocabulary."

Allen said it is a great space for commuter students to grab a quick lunch and for international students who never get the opportunity to go home on the weekends because this gives them another place to hang out.

Allen said at any given hour of the day, there are about 40 students already utilizing the Bright-Redmon Commons and many into the late night hours. The Bright-Redmon Commons is open until 2 a.m.

A variety of items are available for purchase at Books n Beans including donuts from Best Donut, chips, granola bars, candy bars, pop tarts, turtle brownies, yogurt, popcorn, cinnamon rolls and a variety of drinks including coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea and bottled drinks.

Donna Malcomson, kiosk manager of Pioneer College Caterers at Campbellsville University, said, "Books n Beans has been very successful so far, even though there hasn't much advertising."