Collaboration between school and public libraries makes sense! Pooling resources in our community to offer multiple library services from one location is a truly strategic use of school district and city funds.

Employed as a school and public librarian for the past twelve years at AH Meadows Library, I wholeheartedly support the joint facility and believe it is advantageous to students and public library patrons.

The library itself is a community and should be the place where anyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, education, and economic status, should be able to find something of individual benefit and interest, at no cost.

The joint venture of our combined library does make a difference. Students have many more items available to them for checkout than they would in a school library. Likewise, public library patrons enjoy the technical expertise and professional building maintenance services of our school district.

This summer Meadows Library will offer several reading programs such as the Texas Reading Club, Teen Book Club, Senior Adult book club and Bluebonnet Book club. Free story times are scheduled every Tuesday and Friday at 11 a.m. No reservations needed!

The teens and seniors meet to discuss books and enjoy refreshments. Twice weekly, afternoon community computer classes teach computer word processing and Internet skills. A fee-based art class and free American Sign Language classes are planned for the Library Cafe.

Currently, there are more than 43,000 items available for checkout, including print books, audiobooks, music and movies. Meadows offers a digital library service with thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks available for download.

Any Texas resident can apply for a Meadows library card and enjoy our local collection, as well as the full services of a TexShare library. Meadows is part of the accredited state library system that offers interlibrary loan service, TexShare Databases, Worldbook Online, Ancestry.com and many more online resources. Internet use and wireless service is free and available to all library users. Summer hours for the library do not change; the building will be open 58 hours each week. Please visit http://misd.sc/meadowslibrary for information on library programs and resources. Please call 972.775.3417 for additional information.

Susie Casstevens serves as the librarian for the AH Meadows Public and High School Library. Contact Susie at 972-775-3417 ext 1061 or visit the web at library.midlothian-isd.net