When you enter the new A.H. Meadows Library and take a look around, you will see various people enjoying the many amenities of the library - a little boy staring wide-eyed at the dinosaur in the pop-up book from the children’s section; two young girls stifling giggles as they share in the experiences of Junie B. Jones from the young adult section; students grouped around a computer gathering information for a history project; and a gentleman searching for his next weekend project in the non-fiction section. Tucked here and there among shelves and volumes of books are pockets of people expanding their imagination, furthering their education, and exchanging ideas.
The friendly staff of the library is constantly striving to provide the patrons with the most up-to-date information and entertainment. With an inventory of nearly 30,000 items – including books, audio books, movies, and music – and nearly two dozen computers, Meadows Library is one of the fastest growing libraries in the state. Over the past year alone, the circulation has increased 122 percent. Even more items are available online with a membership to the library. With a subscription to the A.H. Meadows Library, patrons also have access to the three additional databases of reliable and current information, including TexShare. This program allows subscribers to borrow materials from more than 500 participating public and academic libraries throughout the state of Texas.
Yet with all the innovative technology, Meadows maintains its small-town feel by providing an inviting and friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. A.H. Meadows Library began as a small school library thanks to a generous donation to the school district by A.H. Meadows in 1985. In 2005 the Midlothian ISD demolished the building which housed the library to make room for a new addition to the Midlothian High School, which included new library facilities. Today, the library is a joint venture of the Midlothian ISD and the city of Midlothian.
There are a number of events at the library for every age group.
• Story time is every Friday at 11:00 am.
• Teen Book Club meets every Thursday at 4:00 pm.
• Free GED classes every Tuesday & Thursday @ 5:00 pm.
• Writer’s Group meets the 3rd Tuesday @ 7:00 pm.
• Midlothian Reading Club will start again on Feb. 5th @ 7:00 pm.
• Free movies are shown each Thursday at 6:00 pm.
• Senior (citizen) Book Club meets the 2nd Monday at 10:30 am.
Other events include the Field of Readers, a community reading event held at the Midlothian Multi-Purpose Stadium. From 6:00 – 7:30 pm, families are invited to bring books and blankets to the stadium to read and participate in storytelling, face-painting, a bookwalk game, and a half-price book fair. “We had over 500 people participate in the Field of Readers last year at our stadium, and we won a state library award for the program,” said Susie Yarbro, head librarian. Various book fairs are also held throughout the year.
Residents who would like to participate in the support of the library may choose to become a member of the Friends of the Library. This support group is currently recruiting community members who would like to promote and support new library programs, such as a gardening club for the library patio. Individual membership is $15.
Subscriptions to A.H. Meadows Library are free to all Texas residents.
For additional information check out the library website at http://web.mac.com/ahmeadows/ iWeb/Site/Welcome.html or call (972) 775-3417.