Name: Evelyn Meador Branch Library
Location: 2400 North Meyer, Seabrook, TX 77586
Evelyn Meador Library is part of the Harris County Public Library System. The open spaces, murals and windows reflect the history of the Seabrook area and proximity to the bay. There is a teen room, a children’s area and places for adults to read, work and study. Along with the book collection, audio and video materials there are many internet computers available to the public. Other amenities include a conference room, a quiet room and comfortable chairs near the newspapers and magazine. Computer classes are free and taught at all levels. The library staff is warm and welcoming making this a place for the community to have fun, study, work or relax.
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.
Name: Lawrenceburg Public Library
Location: 519 East Gaines St.,
Lawrenceburg, TN 39464
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.
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.
Name: Justin Potter Library
Location: 101 South 1st Street
Smithville, TN 32166
This 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.
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.
Name: Samuels Public Library
Location: 330 East Criser Road, Front Royal, VA
Samuels Public Library has been serving the community since 1799. It is housed in a beautiful building about five years old and is well supported by the community. The library has free computer access for all ages and many comfortable reading areas, tables to work at as well as separate study and conference rooms. There is a computer lab open to any group when not being used by the library. For those interested in the local history visit the Virginia History Room which houses local history and some genealogical information.
Two special things I noticed: To better serve the health needs of the community the library has partnered with Warren County Memorial Hospital to provide flyers and a computer for the public to research medical questions. To encourage literacy they offer a ‘Book Club in a Bag’, this is a kit with 10 books, suggested study questions that checks out for 8 weeks so any one can lead a book discussion at any location.
The Young Adults and Children have their own areas where families can come and read, access the computers, play games and attend the many scheduled programs. The Library displays local art by the children and teens. Currently in the Children’s Department are small books that were made by local children expressing themselves. In the middle of the The Children’s Department is a beautiful mural painted by a local artist.
Along with traditional materials Samuels Library offers e-books, music, and access to many online databases through links on their webpage. This library and staff are encouraging literacy in their community.