Friday, June 13, 2014

Why Small Town Libraries are The Best

Internet access on modern computers
Comfortable seating and wide selection
I have been heading into the local library to charge up my laptop, read up on some construction techniques, and get out of the heat for bit. Today I met a fellow teacher who moved here for the same reason I did! She even built a cabin-style Shouse. She moved here from Texas and was quite excited today to find out she got a teaching position secured for next year. She shared some great ideas and filled me in on some very cool hacks to get through this rough time of roughing it.

Children's Area
Tiny toilet!
The local librarian has been wonderful. She got me set up with a library card and internet access. She has been very friendly and helpful with getting me materials. She has been a wonderful resource! This library is small compared to ones in major metropolitan cities, but you would never know it. The selection is broad and the activities the library offers are varied. For the kids this summer they have a reading program every Thursday and on Tuesdays a teacher from the school across the street brings over laptops so the kids can take their Accelerated Reading tests all summer and keep up on their reading. The library has a meeting room in the back for the community to use (as long as it is a not-for-profit group). The children's reading section is really wonderful. One of the bet parts of it is the miniature sized bathroom facility. I swear that toilet is not even twelve inches off the ground! Adorable and kid-friendly!

Folks recognize you when you come in, welcome you, and help you find all the materials you need. No getting lost or just being another face like at over-sized, big-city libraries. Small town libraries are simply the best!


  1. Hello there! I hope I find you well...I also was hoping you might be able to give me either the name of this charming library, or the town in Texas where its located? Don't worry I'm not crazy, I just run a book blog and I'm participating in the April A-Z blogging challenge. Tuesday is L day, and I'm covering Libraries; your photo popped up in a Google search and I added it to my pre-scheduled post (I hope that's okay?) And then I realized it came from a blog so I thought I'd check for permissions too... Anyways, I was just hoping to give a name to the face.

    I clicked the "Notify Me" button, so if you just comment here, I should get the conversation...or of course you can stop by my blog. @Get Lost in Lit

    1. That would be fine if you would like to use the picture. The photo is of the Prague Public Library in Prague, Oklahoma. I will stop by and read your blog!