Your library card is a portal to literature, learning, technology and entertainment
If you have a library card, you can access the world through literature, technology, entertainment and more.
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when libraries nationwide join together to remind parents and students that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.
Your library card is a pass to free educational resources and activities. The Tom Green County Library System provides access to homework help; STEAM programs with hands-on activities; a teens-only space with great programs and young adult literature; book clubs; story times; cultural and literary events; free computer access and classes.
A TGC library card also provides access to digital media, including e-books and powerful databases such as Lynda.com (thousands of video courses on career paths, software and devices), and Pronunciator for language learning. TGC Library staff are happy to help you find what you’re looking for or to help you learn a new technology.
If you haven’t been to your TGC library branch lately, September is a great time for a visit.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since STEAM Central was first funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through a Texas State Library and Archives Commission grant. We have just learned that TGC Library will receive a third (and final) year of funding.
STEAM Central was first envisioned by Assistant Library Director Wanda Green. She says the latest funding will provide virtual reality equipment for both viewing and creating; coding equipment for pre-K to eighth grade; and a larger, more powerful laser cutter.
STEAM has been so successful that it now has three staff members to conduct classes and provide assistance while people use the many pieces of equipment. The space also has a fresh new look thanks to the Friends of the Library providing properly finished walls and white paint with teal accents. It’s much brighter and more cheerful.
Watch for new adult crafting classes starting in October.
Adulting 101 classes
Stephens Central Library is considering having Adulting classes – those everyday, necessary subjects that many of us could use a little more instruction and guidance on.
We’re thinking basic finances, basic vehicle maintenance, the right way to care for clothing, etiquette, entertaining and insurance. But we need to hear from you. What topics do you need and what are the best times for you to attend? The survey will be up through September at www.tgclibrary.com.
The Friends of the Library Book Clubs are starting back up at both branches after their summer breaks. West Branch meets at 5 p.m. the third Tuesday each month, and North Branch meets at 6 p.m. the third Thursday. New members are always welcome.
Teen Republic also has “Book Buzz” for students in grades 6-12 at 5 p.m. the second Thursday each month. Teen Republic is on the second floor of Stephens Central.
Details about the clubs, what they are reading and all library events can be found at www.tgclibrary.com.
Annual Genealogy Fair
During September, stop by the display cases in the Stephens Central lobby to see the fascinating genealogy studies done by our local Society members, and mark your calendars for the eighth annual Genealogy Fair, presented by the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society.
The event will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Stephens Central. There will be over 50 information tables, Ancestry and MyHeritage door prizes, help with finding your ancestors, website demonstrations and much more. Someone will win a DNA kit. Attendees are invited to bring their genealogy questions.
See you at the library.