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Dispatches from Texas Libraries – Judy B. McDonald Public Library

2017 March 3
by Kyla Hunt

SLM Nacogodoches Class PictureIn our effort to highlight the libraries that we visit while on our travels, this post is a part of our ongoing blog series titled Dispatches from Texas Libraries where we will raise up a library and the work they are doing for their community.

This week, our Continuing Education Manager Katherine Adelberg and I travelled to the Judy B. McDonald Public Library in Nacogdoches to facilitate the Leadership & Management Essentials workshop led by Dr. Julie Todaro. This session is a part of the Small Library Management Training Program; registration is still open for several of the remaining sessions in the Leadership & Management Essentials series.

The director of the library, Mercedes Franks, was a generous hostess of the workshop. Along with providing a wonderful space for the workshop, she attended the workshop as well. She even let us take a picture of her with a giant foam shark made for her by her staff (named Bruce)!

The spots in the library that truly stood out were the MakerSpace and the children’s area, pointing to a response to the differing needs of the community. The storytime room utilizes an extremely colorful mural as the background for children’s programming, and the children’s Spanish language collection was effectively highlighted with a cheerful display of cat and animal books.

Do you want to us to visit and highlight the work your library is doing? Email me (Kyla Hunt) at or Katherine Adelberg at

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