Com­mu­nity li­brary bust­ing with growth

Guide to Dripping Springs - - Community Library Busting with Growth -

With over 25,000 books and au­dio­vi­sual ti­tles, Drip­ping Springs has an im­pres­sive pub­lic li­brary for a town its size.

“We have a for­mula for all the cat­e­gories our pa­trons use.” said board mem­ber Linda Wood­ward. “We greatly in­creased our adult non-fiction thanks to a $25 mil­lion grant from the Tocker Foun­da­tion. We’re build­ing a sub­stan­tial bilin­gual col­lec­tion for chil­dren.”

A non-profit en­tity, the DS Com­mu­nity Li­brary has lo­cal tax­ing author­ity, much like the city or the school dis­trict. It re­ceives a quar­ter-cent of sales tax rev­enue col­lected in its tax­ing area (es­sen­tially the same as the Drip­ping Springs In­de­pen­dent School Dis­trict). It also re­ceives an an­nual do­na­tion from Hays County, but also re­lies on grants, memo­ri­als, and other do­na­tions.

The Friends of the Drip­ping Springs Com­mu­nity Li­brary is a vol­un­teer group that the li­brary turns to for fundrais­ing and event plan­ning. The Friends have spon­sored book sign­ings and ro­tat­ing art ex­hibits.

The li­brary is also part of the TexShare pro­gram. “ You can get a TexShare card and then use our li­brary and oth­ers who par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram,” said Wood­ward. “The cards are free as long as you live in Hays County. If you live out­side Hays County, it’s a $5 fee.”

Look­ing for a book and can’t find it here? The DS Com­mu­nity Li­brary has an in­ter­li­brary loan pro­gram. “ You can get books from all over the U.S.,” said Wood­ward. “The pro­gram con­tin­ues to grow in pop­u­lar­ity, but there are still a lot of peo­ple who don’t know we have it.”

Other ser­vices in­clude com­put­ers with in­ter­net ac­cess, a great se­lec­tion of chil­dren’s books and mag­a­zines, and web ac­cess to the li­brary cat­a­log.

Re­cently, the li­brary added 3,700 square feet of space with the open­ing of a Chil­dren’s Wing, pro­vid­ing room for read­ing ma­te­ri­als and chil­dren’s pro­grams. It houses a stage area for chil­dren’s dra­mas and fea­tures a large en­closed out­door read­ing area.

Each year, the li­brary hosts a sum­mer read­ing pro­gram for chil­dren, with camps for Drama, Span­ish, Science, and more. The new Chil­dren’s Wing will al­low the pro­gram to be ex­panded even fur­ther.

The li­brary is open Mon­day, Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs­day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The li­brary is closed on Sun­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (512) 7825, fax (512) 858-2639, or visit www.dscl.org.

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