April 7-13 is National Library Week, and libraries across the nation are celebrating this year’s theme of “Libraries = Strong Communities” in various ways. Atascosa County is a strong community for a lot of reasons, and one of those is the amazing libraries we have and libraries who keep them up and running.
On Monday morning, Poteet Mayor Albert Treviño read a proclamation to celebrate National Library Week in the newly built Poteet Public Library. The proclamation read as follows:
“WHEREAS, libraries help lives change in their communities, campuses and school;
WHEREAS, libraries, librarians and library clerks bring together community members to enrich and shape the community and address local
WHEREAS,needs; libraries continuously grow and evolve in how they provide for the needs of every member of their communities’
WHEREAS, libraries lead in working with diverse communities, including peoples of color, immigrants and people with disabilities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and
WHEREAS,diversity; and supporters across America are celebrating National Library Week with libraries, librarians, library workers and patrons of the public and school libraries in our
THEREFORE, I, Albert E. Treviño, Mayor of the City of Poteet, Texas, do hereby proclaim the week of April 7-13, 2019 as National Library Week.”
The new library was opened to the public last summer and held their grand opening ceremony on September 7, 2018, with various people in attendance: Karen Gerstenherber and Pat Tuohy of the Tocker Foundation and Gilbert LaFuente, outreach coordinator for Henry Cuellar.
“The new library has been in the works for over 15 years,” said Poteet Librarian Lisa Burbridge.
According to Poteet City Administrator Eric Jiminez, a $182,000 donation was made to the city about 20 years ago by the Muellers for a new library, but nothing had ever been done since.
“The night I was hired as city administrator last August, is when the city approved the construction of the new library. From there, it was a matter of about eight months for the building to be completed,” said Jiminez.
During National Library Week, Poteet Library is offering a free tote bag to anyone who can guess the total number of books in the library, and a small coloring tote bag to young adults who can guess the number of books in the children’s section of the library. They are also offering half price for copies and faxing during National Library Week.
On Tuesday morning, Pleasanton City Manager Johnny Huizar paid a visit to the Pleasanton Public Library to read to the toddler group to celebrate National Library Week. He read “Homer the Library Cat” by Reeve Lindbergh.
Charlotte Public Librarian Marianne McGinnis will be holding a Craft Day tomorrow, April 11, to celebrate National Library Week at 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Kids and teens can stop by to make a special bookmark and participate in rock painting.
The Pleasanton, Jourdanton, Poteet and Charlotte Public Libraries each hold weekly activities for children and adults of all ages in their communities. For more information, please see their respective Facebook pages or give them a call: Pleasanton (830-569- 5901), Jourdanton (830- 769-3087), Poteet (830- 742-8917) and Charlotte (830-277-1212).