Here's an interesting bit of synergy between government and commerce. Kirkland's Parkplace Books has struggled of late, hurt by Amazon and Barnes & Noble, like every other indie bookstore in America. At the same time, the Kirkland branch of the King County Library System is presently closed for renovations. So the latter has opened an interim mini-branch at Parkplace Books, helping fill the store--subleasing part of its space, presumably--and bringing in new book-buying customers, too. As we've lately been worrying about the fate of video stores and used book stores during the current recession, it's nice to see an imaginative solution that serves both merchants and (possibly jobless) patrons as well.