Murphy Memorial Library, Livingston, TX

Name: Murphy Memorial Library

Location: 601 West Church Street, Livingston, TX 77351

Located on a major thoroughfare Murphy Memorial Library  is serving it’s community offering  free internet access  along with books and materials for all ages.  They have ongoing story times for children,  a genealogy section, a reading area and a large section of paperback books.  Free one on one help with research and computer needs is available by appointment.  When the renovation is completed at the new location the library will have more to offer with meeting rooms, and a separate computer area; a place where the community can gather.

 

 

Henderson Memorial Public Library

Name: Henderson Memorial Public Library

Location: 54 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH 44047

Henderson Memorial is easily accessed in downtown Jefferson.  The collections are well marked making it easy to find the materials you are looking for. Near the circulation desk the DVDs and Music are easily browsed.  They also provide public access computers and free WiFi if you have your own electronic device. In the adult area near the magazines are chairs for reading as well as a puzzle laid out for anyone who would like to work on it. For a place to work or study there are several large tables nearby.

For the Summer SRP “Dig Into Reading” program the Children’s Department sponsored a “Muddy Good Times” for one of their programs. The library provided clay that looked like mud and the children made things out of the ‘mud’. The Adults were encouraged to read three books during SRP and choose a free paperback from the shelf by the circulation desk.

A flyer for two programs caught my attention under the title “Digging Up Your Ancestors” They did “Gravestone Rubbings” one day and a “Genealogy “Workshop” the next.The gravestone rubbings were taken at a local cemetery and used different mediums to take them. There is more information at the library website  http://henderson.lib.oh.us/.

 

 

Monticello Public Library, Monticello, IL

Allerton public Library District

Monticello, IL
201 N. State street, Monticello, IL

The Monticello Library is located just off the town square in a historic building. Although they are limited in space the library staff have organized the collection and layout to accommodate the needs of the community. The staff are welcoming and ready help if needed. Signage is good and there is easy access to all the collections.Along with materials geared for adults there is a teen collection and a children’s area with materials at their height and child sized seating and play area.

The library is gearing up for Summer Reading, there are two bulletin boards and registration has begun. There is a large glass display case near the check out desk with items of interest from around the globe to go along with the “Have Book Will Travel” theme.

There is a comfortable reading area with newspapers and magazines and large tables for work or study. Free wifi is available with your electronic devices. For those interested in early Monticello there are many historic pictures of downtown in the 1800s in a glass wall display.

Although the library building is not large with a library card customers have free access to materials in other libraries, Illinois state archives, genealogy resources and many more helpful sites. This library is a great place to visit this summer.

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Alvin Public Library, Alvin, Texas

Name: Alvin Public Library

Location: Alvin Texas

Alvin Public Library is part of the Brazoria County Library System. It is located at 105 South Gordon in Alvin.  The staff is friendly,  willing to answer questions and help in any way they can.   The building is nice and well kept.  It is well laid out making the collections easy to access.   As you enter the library, the circulation desk is on the left with a copy machine and a welcoming  children’s area on the right.  There are computers available for the children and an alcove nearby for activities and story time. There are bright kid friendly bulletin boards and a beautiful mural on the ceiling of this area.  There are also several free public access computers available for adults who want to get on the internet.

The building is well laid out with adult and non-fiction on one side with audios and Children’s materials on the the other.  At the back is a reading/study area where newspapers and magazines are available for public use with comfortable seating.  It is a quiet refuge from a busy day or a friendly place to read.

Revolving racks containing paperbacks for sale at a reasonable price are near the entrance for easy access for customer who are in the area temporarily  or going on vacation and are looking for something to read and not have to return. This area is provided by the Alvin Library League.  A nice place to visit.