where the magic is

Beautiful and magical things happen when one reads.  I cannot imagine life without a public library and I’m so proud of what the Seguin-Guadalupe County librarians do in service to the community in a very out-dated and under-staffed library.

I think I basically grew up in the library; I can recall toddling along with my mother before I could ‘really’ read – to the library and to the bookmobile that came around weekly to our neighborhood.

Libraries have changed through the years, but their value remains the same.  The public library is an educational venue of extreme importance to a community.  It is too important to ignore the need for a modern, up-to-date, accessible library in our community.

Below is an excerpt from a 2006 article stressing the need for a new library in Seguin.

Library running out of space

Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, The (TX) – Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Author: Melissa Johnson

SEGUIN – The Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library has been expanding young minds for decades, and now, board members are looking to expand the library.

“In order to add new materials, we’ve had to remove old materials, because we don’t have enough shelf space,” Library Manager Jacki Gross told council during the presentation of the library’s strategic plan. “The size of our collection is directly related to the size of the building and, of course, our budget.”

In a comparison of neighboring cities and cities of similar size, the library ranked near the bottom in terms of staff, budget, collection and building size. The library was near or at the top of the stack in terms of number of people served – about 600 a day – books checked out, questions answered and operating hours.

The library operates out of 15,000 square feet, serving a population of 44,000. That number is expected to grow to 52,000 during the next eight years.


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