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Area’s growth affects library
Public entities throughout Wilson County are struggling to keep pace with the area’s growing population. The Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library in Floresville is no different. The library’s accreditation is at stake because it does not have enough materials for the county’s 42,917 residents, according to a report presented by Library Director Nicki Stohr during the June 11 meeting of the Wilson County Commissioners Court.
Stohr said she was notified May 23 by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that the library did not meet the minimum requirement of one item per capita for its service population. It must correct this issue by July 31, or be placed on probation. This will give the library three years to correct the problem before losing its accreditation.
The library’s Historical Archive and Cemetery Photograph Project, which involves photographing and cataloging headstones in all of the county’s cemeteries, has helped whittle down the 1,850-item deficiency. As of June 11, the library still needed 717 items to meet its goal. However, Stohr, said, there is no more space for books in the approximately 5,000-square-foot building.
Stohr believes the library is on pace to have enough materials before the deadline. The library continues to accept donations of electronic items, such as audio books, music CDs, and DVDs. These items, she said, require less storage space than books. Anyone wishing to donate can call the library at 830-393-7361.
Library attendance continues to be brisk, according to Stohr’s report, with the gate count reaching a year-to-date high of 8,150 in May. Also in May, the library logged 32 new patrons, the same amount recorded in April.
Stohr also reported several upcoming special events including:
•Family game nights, which started June 21 and will continue every Thursday night. Patrons can take a favorite board game to play.
•A tractor-trailer featuring hands-on science experiments will visit the library Monday, July 30. Walk-through tours will begin at 10 a.m.
•Family movie and swim night will take place Saturday, Aug. 4. Ticket sales begin July 1.
For more information, call 830-393-7361 or visit www.wilsoncountylibrary.org.
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