Raised over $240,000 to purchase the Riomobile, New Braunfels’ first “traveling library,” to bring library services to children and seniors and others with limited mobility. Almost every service found in the library including computers, classes, job search assistance and programs are available in our Riomobile.
Renovated completely the 3,000 square foot Children’s Room, partnering with the Edwards Aquifer Authority to educate children and families about the ecosystem of the Comal River and springs. The number of children attending programs has grown to over 13,000 annually.
Installed a Starbucks coffee kiosk, which encouraged patrons to stay in the library for extended times. This has resulted in a more productive utilization of library services and has created a feeling of community and camaraderie not seen in many public facilities. Some consider it to be the “heart of the Library.”
Created a Teen “Corner” with retro books, murals and lighting, encouraging youth to stay longer and use more materials provided just for them. Circulation in that area almost doubled.
Raised matching grant funds for the construction of the new library and its furnishings.