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Montgomery County Memorial Library System Central Branch Conroe, TX

Name:  MCMLS Central Branch

Location: 104 I-45 North, Conroe, TX

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Central Branch  is located in a business like building with open space and a place for everyone inside.  On the first floor is the circulation area and the Children’s Department, which is warm with a fall bulletin board, wall art and a child sized school bus. There are tables available for children and the adults who bring them.

The second floor has adult materials to check out or use in house, a computer room, a reading area with newspapers and magazines, a large genealogy room, and an area set aside for teens.

The  library and staff are warm and welcoming making this a place for everyone.

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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.

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Lawrenceburg Public Library

Name: Lawrenceburg Public Library
Location: 519 East Gaines St.,
Lawrenceburg, TN 39464

13 - 5 This warm, friendly library is part of the Lawrence County Public Library System. They offer traditional library services with their well laid out collection, free internet access on the pubilc PCs and wireless for those with their own electronic devices. There are also free computer classes available. There is a comfortable area to read a current magazine or newspaper and tables available for those who are looking for a place to spread out and work.

13 - 7 the large bulletin board stating “Time for S’more Reading” with a fall camping scene encourages people to read.  A quilt in the Children’s Department tells the story of the Little Engine That Could while the Story Time Poster is eye catching with its puzzle piece boarder sitting on a shelf with a giraffe as an end piece.

The Lawrence County room is set aside for  Historians and Genealogists looking for a place to do research and work on their projects. On the main floor there is one display case with World War II era memorabilia and another with antique cameras and various figurines about photography.

This library is a place where anyone can use a computer, go online, read or do research with staff nearby to help if needed.

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Justin Potter Library

Name: Justin Potter Library
Location: 101 South 1st Street
Smithville, TN 32166

2013-Potter Library-Smithville, TN - 7This lovely  library with it’s warm and friendly staff  reaches out to the community offering a variety of materials and programs. To learn about upcoming programs check the website to see what is available for you. The book collection is augmented by a book lease program that allows the library to receive bestsellers throughout the year keeping the collection current. There are also CDs, audio books, videos, and DVDs for all ages. For those with electronic devices wireless internet is available and there are downloadable books available through the library website.

2013-Potter Library-Smithville, TN - 8 The support of the community for the library is shown in  many ways including the the beautiful stained glass windows donated by local families. Area artists have donated their creations and the Children’s area has been brightened by posters and wall art created by local artists. A volunteer oversees the glass display case. I was lucky enough to see this month’s privately owned display. It includes a Jackie Kennedy Onassis Doll and replica jewelry, Marilyn Monroe Dolls, and a Vivian Leigh Doll dressed as Scarlett O’Hara along with jewelry, glassware, and figurines.

 There is Genealogical Room with information on local families and material about the area. A local historian volunteers his time helping people with genealogical questions. The staff and volunteers are doing a great job of encouraging literacy in their community.

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Lexington, NC Public Library

Name: Lexington Branch Library

Location: 602 S. Main Street, Lexington, NC 27292

IMG_1422.JPG Lexington Library is easily to find and is laid out to give customers ease of access to computers and materials as well as space to work, read, and study.  In the foyer there is an Art Pig with books  beside it, one of many Art Pigs found in the city.  Those who love new books find that they are readily available just inside the entrance with tables nearby  to work at or browse materials. Finding materials is made  easy with several special collections; The Classics, Holiday and Short Stories as well as a rack of Classic Zane Grey westerns to be browsed and checked out.  The Genealogy Room is open to the public for research and has census records on microfilm along with many other volumes including Daughters of the American Revolution 1929-1939.

IMG_1424.JPGLexington Library is also a local depository for Government Documents even though many are accessible online.  There is an area set aside for young adults with books laid out making it easy to find the next book in a series, browse or study.

IMG_1425.JPGI loved the House Elf like the one in Harry Potter that is on display here. The Children’s department is a large room with computer access, and a large story area with a beautiful mural. This area is open for the children to put on plays or puppet shows when a program is not in progress.  The pillar made into a giant beanstalk leading to the sky highlights the efforts of this library to make the children and parents feel at home here.  Check the website for program information or go by to see what is happening here.

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