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Check it out! Shelves fill at new library

Check it out! Shelves fill at new library
BARBARA KNIGHT Library Director Nicki Stohr (right) is joined by (from left) Kelly Simms, Sheri Mantei, and Lesa McCall Dec. 6, to stock shelves and prepare the La Vernia Library for patrons. An opening date has yet to be set for the full-service library, housed inside the La Vernia News office at 112 E. Chihuahua St.

The new La Vernia Library is taking shape. Technical hitches got in the way of the planned opening at the end of October, but that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of Library Director Nicki Stohr with the Wilson County Public Libraries.

“It will be as full-functioning as we can make it,” she said, as she and library staff worked hard Dec. 6 to stock shelves and prepare the space in the La Vernia News office to serve as a community library.

The city hasn’t had a library for several decades, since the little library on Chihuahua Street closed in the 1980s. But that’s about to change.

An opening date has yet to be set, but the event is inching closer.

“We’ll have an interlibrary loan service to get items for clients from anywhere in the United States,” Stohr said. “And we’ll keep the collection here as current as possible, with titles from 2015 and 2016, coming into 2017.”

A subscription service will allow the La Vernia Library to have 15 New York Times bestsellers on the shelves each month. A standing order will ensure large-print Westerns are available, also due to popular request, Stohr said.

Library patrons will be able to borrow books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs. A teen section will feature teen and young adult fiction and audiobooks, and a children’s section will include a variety of picture books and easy readers, as well as an A.W.E. touchscreen device loaded with 36 different games.

“We’ll build the collection and tailor it to the clientele as much as possible,” Stohr said. “If we don’t have it, we can get it for you!”

Patrons also will be able to use two computers with Internet access and a shared printer. Photocopying will be available, also. A coffee bar will be available for patrons, who can pay for single-cup dispensing and enjoy the library’s offerings, Stohr said.

Once stocked and open, the La Vernia Library, located at 112 E. Chihuahua St. in downtown La Vernia (inside the La Vernia News building), will be open five days each week. Planned hours of operation are:

¢Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

¢Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

¢Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

¢Closed Sunday and Monday.

A grand opening for the county’s main library, the Sam Fore Jr. Wilson County Public Library, was held Dec. 2 in its new premises at 1103 Fourth St. in Floresville. The library had outgrown its premises on Library Lane on the courthouse square and is now open in its new location. Stockdale also is host to a community library, and a small branch library serves the Poth community.

For more information about the La Vernia Library or the Wilson County Public Libraries, call 830-393-7361.

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