On April 19, during the annual Texas Library Association convention, Poteet Librarian Gloria Solis received the Librarian of the Year award from the Small Community Library Roundtable. Gloria was feted to an awards ceremony and dessert social that was held at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar in Houston. Gloria represents the best in small community libraries across the state of Texas and was chosen from over 300 qualified library directors.
Gloria Solis went to work at the Poteet Public Library on March 23, 2003. During this time, she has brought order to chaos and built up a library of which to be proud. When she started working there, the library only had two working computers, but she has obtained grants for additional ones, so that now they have twelve available for public use.
She runs an active and well-attended summer reading program for children every year. Also, Gloria manages to provide reading and audio books to the local nursing home and several homebound patrons. Computer and Internet classes for the public are planned and implemented by this busy lady.
She always finds the time to help her patrons. It is not unusual for her to assist people with their job searches, developing their resumes or finding out information on CDL licensing. Proctoring tests for students is just one more part of the job for her. Special attention is given to help those seeking social services, whether it be information for abused women or families needing food or housing. If there is a hurt, she tries to find the root of it and help.
The Poteet Public Library hosted the March Reading Madness, where the children collected Mardi Gras necklaces based on the number of books they read. They hosted the Strawberry Reading Frenzy where the readers received passes to the Annual Strawberry Festival held earlier in April. The library has an active toddler’s early learning program that is very well attended.
The Friends of the Library hold fundraisers several times during the year. Gloria works with them on the burger sales twice a year, a fall festival and raffles, all of which are intended to supplement funding for assorted library programs.
Very involved in the community, she works with the Poteet Park Foundation, Strawberry Festival, Poteet Police Officers Association and their Blue Santa Project, Poteet Chamber of Commerce and the St. Phillip Benizi Catholic Church.
Gloria lives in Charlotte and is a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and serves as President of their Finance Council.
Through her nine years at the library, she has dealt with many problems with grace and determination. Just over the past two years, the library has been robbed six times where computers, air conditioners, money, raffle items and other property were stolen.
But Gloria never gives up. She puts a smile on her face and makes the best of the situation. She finds a way to get the job done, despite the obstacles and keep her library open.
She is, by far, the best librarian the Poteet Public Library has ever had. collected Mardi Gras necklaces based on the number of books they read. They hosted the Strawberry Reading Frenzy where the readers received passes to the Annual Strawberry Festival held earlier in April. The library has an active toddler’s early learning program that is very well attended.
The Friends of the Library hold fundraisers several times during the year. Gloria works with them on the Gloria Solis was awarded Librarian of the Year by the Small Community Library Roundtable.