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Dispatches from Texas Libraries – Alpine Public Library

2017 June 6
by Kyla Hunt

In 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.

Over May 22 – 24, I visited the Alpine Public Library in Alpine, TX, 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 the August session of Leadership & Management Essentials to be held in The Woodlands.

Please allow me to begin by thanking Don Wetterauer, the Library Director, for his gracious hosting of our workshop.  The meeting room where we conducted the workshop was filled with beautiful wood furnishings, lovely community creations, and a bookshelf of rare books featuring west Texas. It is a room that both reflected the library’s spirit and served to host valuable discussions among the group.

If you have never visited Alpine, take a moment to look at the pictures of the library in the gallery below. The outside of the library features iron work by artists in the community, which you can see from the inside as well. What struck me the most as I walked through the library was how well integrated plant life was into the library. This makes the Alpine Public Library feel like an organic, living place, a wonderful metaphor for the place that the library holds in the community.

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