Bulverde/Spring Branch Library receives grant

Monies to be used for reference books, computer catalog


By Richard Zowie

Times Guardian Staff Writer


The Bulverde/Spring Branch Library recently became the recipient of a $3,700 grant, which library officials say will allow the library to perform a much-needed upgrade on its reference materials.

"I'm always thrilled to get something we can use to buy more for the library," said Doris Haecker, head librarian. Haecker said she and reference librarian Mary Pettit worked together in requesting the materials.

The grant money, given by the San Antonio-based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, will also be used to acquire a computer catalog with a stand. The grant was given in memory of Michael J. Balint, former executive director of the foundation.

In December 2002, the foundation gave the B/SB Library $3,245 for shelves to house, in part, the library's 26,000 books, periodicals and media materials.

The grant request was submitted by the Friends of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library Grant Writing Committee in late April. The non-profit corporation works to supplement the library's materials and promote its programs.

"In a community growing so rapidly, it is a great challenge for the library to service its many patrons," said FOL Grant Writing Committee Diane Hazel in a statement. "The FOL and the library staff and its Board of Trustees have as a common goal to not only to meet the population demands, but to do it exceedingly well while offering itself as a community hub."

FOL volunteer Linda Quintero wrote and submitted the grant request and will also report to the foundation the details of how the grant money has been used.

In the grant request, Quintero wrote: "With a limited budget for books, the immediate demand for day-to-day book materials takes precedence over more expensive reference books. Some of our reference books are over 10 years old. With this grant, we would be able to purchase yearly updates and also add new resources. These materials are very useful for children and for adult patrons in our literacy programs."

Quintero said that some of the references upgrades include the Encyclopedia Americana 2004, the World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia 2004, Encyclopedia Hispanica 2004 and People and Places. "The new catalog computer made possible with this grant will supplement the two already in place, thus alleviating the frequent lines of patrons waiting to use the catalog," she added.

The library's monthly circulation, as of May, was averaging more than 6,000 while the monthly door count was averaging more than 6,600 patrons.

The library is on the Internet at www.bsb.lib.tx.us.

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