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Eagle Ford: Library’s staff scores high in audit
The staff of the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library has received high marks in a recent image audit of the downtown Floresville facility. These findings were among the items presented by Library Director Nicki Stohr, during her report Jan. 28 to the Wilson County Commissioners Court.
In addition to the staff’s facial expressions and body language being considered “positive, friendly, and helpful” by all of those who answered that question, almost everyone considered the staff and volunteers to be appropriately dressed.
“I think we work together as a good team,” Stohr said after the meeting. “I think we’ve found a good mix.”
Most of the negative responses dealt with aesthetics and space issues related to the 5,000-square-foot building that was constructed approximately a half century ago. Some negative comments even dealt with the appearance and condition of its carpeting. Stohr said the floorcovering is glued to the building’s cement slab, which adds to the expensive challenge of its repair and replacement.
Like most, Stohr and her staff continue to make the best of what they have.
“Some things on [the audit], there’s nothing I can do about, because of the age of the building,” she said.
County officials are working with the library and the Friends of the Wilson County Library organization to repurpose a portion of the Wilson County Courthouse Annex III as a new, larger library.
The added space will help the library keep up with providing the needs of its service area, which currently is the entire county. The Texas State Library Association requires accredited libraries to keep a minimum of one piece of circulating material per resident of a service area. The current library’s configuration was designed when the county’s population was less than a third of its 2010 level of 42,918, as estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau.
But with the help of a Texas Reads Grant and the Friends group, the library is conducting the Wilson County Reads program, which aims to have “one community reading one book,” Stohr said. Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo, is set to visit Studio C in Floresville Feb. 23, from 1-3 p.m. Residents are encouraged to read the book ahead of the meet-and-greet event. Tickets are $7 in advance, or $10 at the door.
All of the events in the Wilson County Reads series relate to the Alamo, including a free showing of the 2004 motion picture of that same name on March 21 in Floresville’s Arcadia Theatre.
The Friends also are auctioning a Bowie-style knife in a silent auction, which ends March 21. The starting bid is $250.
For more information about the library or its upcoming events, call 830-393-7361, or visit wilsoncountylibrary.org.
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