Saturday, July 7, 2012

Little Elm Library - Small Place/Big Heart

The Little Elm Library may be small, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in small town charm. When I moved here, I checked out the library the first week and got my family's new library cards. I am keeping my card active for the Dallas library system because as you all know, I'm a voracious bookworm; it quickly became apparent I was going to have to do some of my reading elsewhere because the library is so small. However, this year they are adding on to the collection about 17,000 titles, which is amazing and the new wing of the library, which shares the same building as Town Hall, is under construction as I type.
I got almost half of the library in this photo! It is really tiny, but they assured me they are working on expanding the sci-fi, horror, and fantasy collections, which are sorely misrepresented. Of course, when you only have 26,000 people in your town, you buy what patrons are reading. In this case -- mysteries, nonfiction, history, and romance.

They do have the lovely sculpture featured below, located near the new fiction section, which is the bookshelf on the left. (Yes, it really is a tiny library, but even I, The Grand Puba Bookworm, can find a book I haven't read.)

They are charming. So charming in fact, I couldn't believe it. They don't collect library fines on overdue books! They just ask you to bring them back. They won't let you renew or check out any other books until you return them or pay for their loss. And when I spent the last month in the hospital, they kindly renewed my books over the phone for me and told me to get better.

And the library recently added a webcam for patrons to use, which was announced in the Little Elm Community Newsletter. I love this quaint place! If you're ever in Little Elm, stop by and say hello! :)

Outside the library/town hall building is a memorial dedicated to those who serve/served our country by the local American Legion Post. The eagle statues remind me of my father, who loves all raptors.


Erin O'Riordan said...

I grew up in South Bend, Indiana, which has one of the best public library systems in the country. (Probably because of the proximity to Notre Dame - though ND has its own 8-story library, the one with Touchdown Jesus on the side.) Its three-level downtown library, the one I primarily used when I was a high school student, had every book and CD I ever wanted. Later, when I moved to a smaller town, I moved within walking distance of a decent, but relatively tiny, library. I often miss my big library.

Indiana is a big library state. The one in Fort Wayne has the world's second-largest genealogy research catalog. Only the Mormon Church's collection is larger.

Your library looks very pretty. Cool photo essay.

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