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Dispatches from Texas Libraries – The Woodlands

2017 August 23

The Woodlands Class photoIn 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.

On August 7-9, I had the pleasure of traveling to the South Regional Library in The Woodlands, a branch of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System, to facilitate the Leadership & Management Essentials workshop led by Dr. Julie Todaro. This session is a part of the Small Library Management Training Program, and was the final session of this year’s Leadership & Management Essentials series. Many thanks to everyone who made this series a success! If you want the latest updates about upcoming Small Library Management workshops, watch this blog or join our new SLM Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/slmtx/.

I want to start out by thanking the staff of the South Regional Library for extremely friendly, kind and accommodating. Every morning we were greeted at the door with a smile by the staff, and the Friends group offered the participants of the workshop refreshments (and coffee!) throughout the day. The lobby meeting room was the perfect setup for our workshop, offering acoustics set up for both lecture-style presentations and small-group collaborations.

The entryway of the South Regional Library invites their community in to do more than just read. They have colorful cogwheels above the entrance inviting patrons to “volunteer, contribute, learn, read, create, and imagine.” I loved this sense of activity that was put forth by the library from the very beginning of the library; this is further reflected by their Random Acts of Kindness display, inviting patrons to pick a card with a challenge written on it, “make an impact,” and then post the challenge to Facebook. It is no wonder the branch is one of the busiest in the Montgomery County Memorial Library System!

Other reflections of the library staff and Friends of the library fill the library, representing the library as a happy and satisfying place to be. Framed coloring pages are featured on the walls, and the Friends of the Library bookshop nearly always had a patron or two perusing the shelves. This branch clearly supports their community, and the community responds in kind.

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