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The Hub teen space at the library gets a facelift

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    TV personality and author Patsy Swendson will be at the library on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the main lobby. She’ll be happy to sign copies of her books, which will be available for purchase.

The Hub – the second floor space for teens in grades 6 and up – is about to undergo a major renovation. We’re not only increasing the area and brightening the space, but we’re also creating more flexible, zoned spaces for teens.

This is all in hopes of creating more of a destination space for the large numbers of teens coming to the library every day during the school year.

Teens have been heavily involved in the planning of the new space by participating in a focus group and survey over the last eight months.

In the newly created space, which will be closed off from the larger space with a garage door, we can conduct programming, such as maker and craft activities and movies, which is currently not possible;

provide gaming and computer options when the space is not being used for programming; and offer space and technology to serve many user groups.

In the rest of the space, teens can do homework, read and socialize. An additional study room, which addresses the need for more quiet space in the library, is also being added and can be accessed from the main second floor space and from The Hub.

The teen space is currently 900 square feet, and the final space will be 1,530 square feet (including 60 square feet for the study room). You can find out more by visiting our website and clicking on the banner at the top of the main page.

We are so grateful to the Boerne Library Foundation for funding this important project!


Please stop by our library lobby on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Author Patsy Swendson will be on hand selling her books. She is a well-known TV personality and the author of many books. Her newest is titled “Gracie, Love is Blind: Tales of Life, Love & Healing.”

Pasty has a passion for animals and has had several award-winning therapy dogs. This new book tells the story of one of them.


Did you wind up with a newfangled piece of technology for Christmas, and you don’t know what to do with it? We have a solution for you! Each week you can come into the lobby for one-on-one assistance from one of our Tech Team members!

Because of the holiday, the first tech time this week is Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m, and on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

During the week of Jan. 7, you can stop by at 1 p.m. on Monday, and on Tuesday, either at 10 a.m. or at 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary, so just come to the library and sign in at the main desk in the lobby during the above times.


As of Jan. 1, some of our prices for services and lost materials are changing. You now will be charged just 25 cents each day for late videos. We still want you to return your items in a timely manner so that all patrons have the opportunity to check out videos, but we hope the new late fee will ease your burden a bit. This does not apply to fines you’ve already accrued.

The other big change is the fee we are charging for our proctoring services. School students will now be required to pay $10 per exam, and for people taking vocational exams, e.g. real estate, the fee is now $20 per exam.

There are other changes as well, and you can find them on notices around the library as well as on our website under Policies.


The Bookshop Under the Windmill is opening this week after taking a two-week hiatus. You can shop for some great deals on used books, movies, audiobooks and much more! Just drop in Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Bookshop is operated solely by volunteers with the Friends of the Boerne Public Library. The large majority of proceeds from sales goes right back to library programming, resources and services.

The Friends recently concluded a highly successful annual campaign, during which they received nearly $12,000 in donations. The Friends and library staff are so grateful for everyone’s generosity! Thank you!


We are in the process of hiring two new part-time library aides, so keep an eye out for new faces. Also, Maribel Dodd will no longer work a full week after this one. As you may know, she is a member of our Tech Quartet; her final tech hour will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 10 a.m.


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