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Dispatches from Texas Libraries – New Braunfels and Uvalde

2017 December 15

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.

New Braunfels classOn December 7 and 8, I travelled to New Braunfels and Uvalde to facilitate sessions of our SLM Advanced workshop, Telling Your Library’s Story: Value, Benefit, Worth and Impact, led by Dr. Julie Todaro. This session is a part of the Small Library Management Training Program; registration is still open for the Uvalde classreminder of the 2017-2018 series throughout the state.

First thank you so much to Gretchen Pruett at the New Braunfels Public Library and to Mendell Morgan at the El Progreso Memorial Library for providing such a wonderful experience at their libraries. Both directors are stellar leaders in their communities, and their leadership shone during the workshops. Both libraries shown with warmth in this chilly season.

The New Braunfels Public Library does a wonderful job balancing a traditional, classic ambiance with responding to the needs of their community. Along with a beautiful space, they offer a teen space, plenty of room to charge personal devices, and information on evaluating information.

The El Progreso Memorial Library serves their community members while retaining the history of the community. The children’s area features a “front porch” to provide a homey feel, an art exhibit lines the walls, and their book store is the only book store in their county! I also want to give a particular shout-out to those attendees of the Uvalde session who showed up even after the surprise snow storm!

Interested in attending one of our upcoming workshops? Check out our face to face workshop page here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/workshops/facetoface/index.html

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