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Libraries are more than a building full of books

By DAVID TEWES
Aug. 22, 2009 at 3:22 a.m.


The Victoria Public Library has more than 145,000 books, CDs and DVDs.

If you still can't find what you need, the library might be able to help. It has partnerships with other libraries to share books and similar material.

"We can draw from libraries all over the world if we have to," Library Director Dayna Williams-Capone said. "We try to provide that free, but there's always that possibility that if you're looking for something very strange there could be a charge."

Victoria Public Library

302 N. Main St. in Victoria

Mondays through Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fridays through Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sundays: Closed

Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library

2602 N. Ben Jordan St. in Victoria

Fall and spring hours

Mondays through Thursdays: 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fridays: 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays through Sundays 1 to 6 p.m.

Summer hours

Mondays through Thursdays: 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Fridays: 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturdays: Closed.

Sundays: 1 to 6 p.m.

Between semester hours

Mondays through Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: Closed

Cuero Public Library

207 E. Main St. in Cuero

Mondays through Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon.

Sundays: Closed.

Yorktown Public Library

103 W. Main St. in Yorktown

Mondays: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Tuesdays through Thursdays: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Fridays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturdays through Sundays: Closed.

Friench Simpson Memorial Library

705 E. Fourth St. in Hallettsville

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday and Fridays: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon.

Sundays through Mondays: Closed.

Carl & Mary Welhausen Library

810 Front St. in Yoakum

Mondays through Fridays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturdays through Sundays: Closed.

Jackson County Memorial Library

411 N. Wells St. in Edna

Mondays through Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Fridays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays: Closed

Calhoun County Public Library

200 W. Mahan St. in Port Lavaca

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesdays and Fridays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sundays and Mondays: Closed.

Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library

815 S. Commerce St. in Refugio

Mondays through Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays through Sundays: Closed.

Goliad County Library

320 S. Commercial St. in Goliad

Mondays through Fridays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays through Sundays: Closed.

Most communities have a library, be it large or small, that is a central meeting place for those who like to read, do research or just relax.

In Victoria County that place is the Victoria Public Library.

Jesica McCue grew up in Victoria and some of her fondest memories are the times she spent at the library.

"I must have been a little kid when the library opened up," said McCue, 39. "I remember doing piano recitals in the Bronte Room."

And now she takes her children, 6-year-old Riley and 8-year-old Tate, there so they can also enjoy it.

"It's just a great community building, networking place," McCue said. "The staff is phenomenal."

The librarians love talking to patrons about books and don't mind answering library-related questions, she said.

A plus for her is the librarians are child-friendly and not intimidating, she said.

"We're there every three weeks, sometimes more," McCue said. "I take the biggest bag we have so we can check out as much as we can."

Margaret Vaughan has used the library for something other than checking out books. She found it a great place for studying when she was working on her certification to become city secretary.

"If I stayed at city hall and tried to study during my lunch hour, there were always interruptions," Vaughan said. "Here, you can find a quiet spot and people leave you alone."

Vaughan praised the recent remodeling at the library, the staff and free computer classes offered by the library.

"For people that haven't been to the library, they're going to be really surprised," she said.

Library Director Dayna Williams-Capone said the computers and wireless Internet are a big draw for the library and the economy may play a role in that.

"We're serving people who have no Internet or they had to give up paying for that due to economic choices they had to make," she said. "So they're coming to us."

It's likely the growing number of people coming to the library seeking help writing resumes is also related to the economy. The demand prompted the staff to create a class dedicated to helping people create resumes.

But the library is more than just books and computers, Williams-Capone said. It's also a gathering place for people.

"They like being in a place out in the community, away from your home or away from your office where you can go out and be in a space that is a social area," Williams-Capone said. "You can people watch, or you can just sit and be in a quiet place away from your kids or coworkers and get some work done."

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