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Thanks to all who responded to my request for advice regarding the purchase of 
library furniture. 

Brodart, Highsmith and Library Bureau (Herkimer, NY) were recommended as reliable 
firms from which to purchase. Many wrote to suggest Sauder Manufacturing Co. (930 
W. Barre Road, Archbold, OH 43502  800-537-1530 for 
their ingenious 3 position chair, called the Troika, which comes with a 10 year 
warranty. One person suggested local cabinet makers as a satisfactory option. Tesco 
was mentioned by one respondent as a company to avoid at all cost.

Regarding furniture styles, many wrote to recommend 2 or 3 position chairs 
(comfortable and safe), as well as sled base (sturdy and easy to push on carpet). 
Standard 4 leg chairs are less desirable. Upholstery is attractive and adds 
comfort, however wear and tear as well as vandalism can be a problem. Upholstered 
chair backs (only) seem to be a good compromise. A mix of round and rectangular or 
square tables is functional. Round tables can be ordered with pedestal bases for 
more flexibility in seating. 

Several correspondents emphasized the need to double check all the details on bids 
- companies often make mistakes and if the buyer doesn't catch them, corrections 
can be expensive or impossible. Remember to measure, measure, measure, to be sure 
everything will fit into your space. Pay careful attention to the height of your 
tables and chairs. There are adult as well as children's sizes available and you 
must choose carefully to be sure your tables and chairs match and fit your patrons 

FYI - I decided to go with Brodart's Classic line of rectangular and round tables 
with 2 position chairs to match. Their product sounds superior (solid wood 
construction, thicker laminate on table surfaces, 5 year warranty on all 
furniture), their reputation is reliable, their furniture consultants are 
responsive, accurate and inspire confidence. Their pricing is very competitive. 

Marie A. Baker
School Library/Media Specialist
Marlboro High School
50 Cross Road
Marlboro, NY  12542

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