Satellite library location a possibility at Lake Walk

Rendering of floor layout of potential satellite library location at Lake Walk
Rendering of the interior of a satellite library location at Lake Walk.

The Bryan + College Station Public Library System is exploring the possibility of building out a satellite library location at Lake Walk to help serve residents in western and central areas of the community.

The satellite location is slated to be located in the 2,371-square-foot space between POV Coffee House and The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley at the Lake Walk development in western Bryan.

Library System Director Bea Saba made a presentation to the Bryan City Council on June 14 outlining the conceptual plans for the location. It features open space, display art, work stations, and a changing collection display. There will also be a separate children’s area with moveable seating, which will be a creative, adaptive space that will cater to kids and their imagination.

“It’s not going to just be a warehouse of books,” Saba said. “It going to be a space for the community.”

Saba said the space was designed to mimic the feel of the community it would be built in – with warm, comfortable and stylish details that took inspiration from the Lake Walk neighborhood. The space will be focused on providing services that the community has asked for, including arts, culture, creativity, digital inclusion and community partnerships.

“As people come to the cities, we need to find ways to provide the resources they want and need,” Saba said. “This is something the community came to us wanting, and we want to provide those services as much as we can.”

The Library System is currently partnering with the Friends of the B+CS Public Library System, the Bryan Business Council and individual residents in the community to fund the build out of the space. Estimated costs for that are approximately $250,000. If the project is ultimately approved, additional funding could be provided by the City of Bryan for continued operations.

While there is not a solid timeline for construction nor funding for operations identified yet, the Library System is actively seeking additional community partners who want to help make the Lake Walk location a reality. Those interested should contact Saba at 979-209-5611 or bsaba@bryantx.gov.

Rendering of floor layout of potential satellite library location at Lake Walk
Rendering of children’s area at potential Lake Walk satellite library location.

Rendering of floor layout of potential satellite library location at Lake Walk
Rendering of floor layout of potential satellite library location at Lake Walk.

Rendering of east wall shelves of potential satellite library location at Lake Walk
Rendering of east wall shelves of potential satellite library location at Lake Walk.

Rendering of west wall layout of potential satellite library location at Lake Walk
Rendering of west wall layout of potential satellite library location at Lake Walk.

Kim Lehman, The Buzz About Bees Workshop: Summer Reading Program 2021

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, the Bryan + College Station Public Library System is proud to present:

The Buzz About Bees Workshop with Kim Lehman

Starting Tuesday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m. and running through July 20.

Show will include demonstrations of beeswax crafts; supplies will be available for Teens and Tweens from Mounce starting July 6 while supplies last. 

Kim LehmanKim Lehman will share stories about the life of a beekeeper, the biology of honey bees, and the different products of the hive. You will learn how to make beeswax food wraps, lip balm, simple skin care products and easy to make honey treats.

Kim Lehman is a beekeeper, storyteller, musician, and author. She writes for Bee Culture Magazine and is author of the book “Beekeeper’s Lab: 52 Family-Friendly Activities and Experiments Exploring the Life of the Hive.

Live Zoom Q&A to follow on July 15 with Kim!

For more information, contact the Mounce Library youth services desk at (979) 209-5600.

This performance and the Q&A session are a part of the Bryan + College Station Library System’s 2021 Summer Reading Program; the Q&A will be live online, and the recorded performance will be available for one week only. The performance and Q&A were funded by a grant to Mounce Library from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by funds from the Friends of the Library.

The Strike, Scrape and Shake Show with Mark Shelton, Percussionist: Summer Reading Program 2021

mark shelton

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, the Bryan + College Station Public Library System is proud to present:

The Strike, Scrape and Shake Show with Mark Shelton, Percussionist

Starting Wednesday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. and running through July 23.

Enjoy the sounds of percussion as Mark Shelton strikes, scrapes and shakes drums, dulcimer, handpan, tambourine, electronic percussion and more!

Live Zoom Q&A to follow on July 14 with Mark! (Please note the new date and time for the Q&A: Wed., July 14 at 12 noon).

For more information, contact the Mounce Library youth services desk at (979) 209-5600.

This performance and the Q&A session are a part of the Bryan + College Station Library System’s 2021 Summer Reading Program; the Q&A will be live online, and the recorded performance will be available for one month only. The performance and Q&A were funded by a grant to Mounce Library from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by funds from the Friends of the Library.

TAMU Chemistry Roadshow: Summer Reading 2021

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, the Bryan + College Station Public Library System is proud to present:

The TAMU Chemistry Roadshow

TAMU Chemistry Department presents Dr. Pennington’s Chemistry Roadshow with amazing feats of chemistry, explosions, goop and more!

(Recorded from the Live / Zoom event held at Mounce Library on Saturday, June 19.)

Bryan + College Station Public Library System teams up with Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, and International Leadership of Texas to expand access to Ebooks and Digital Audiobooks for students

Sora partnership between public library and local school districts

Sora partnership between public library and local school districts

As educators seek more creative ways to support students’ learning, a key resource for schools is the local public library. Now, we have formed an innovative new partnership to increase students’ access to eBooks and digital audiobooks by combining the library and school digital reading resources in one app. The Public Library CONNECT partnership is facilitated by OverDrive, the popular digital reading platform serving both the library and school.

The partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for student’s use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. Through Sora, the new student reading app, students can now borrow from the school’s collection of classroom and pleasure reading titles as well as from the Bryan + College Station Public Library System’s juvenile and young adult digital collection. Students can easily log into the library’s digital collection through Sora using their school credentials/student ID rather than requiring a separate library card. In addition, Sora supports teachers by offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes, and reading progress that encourage individualized learning.

The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019 and is available for students to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available to use in web browsers on any computer.

This service is available to Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, and International Leadership of Texas (Brazos area) students.

Nutcracker Ballet Storytime

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Nutcracker Ballet Storytime

Ballet Brazos has provided us with a video that includes BCSPLS children’s librarians reading from the Nutcracker storybook and excerpts from the 2019 Nutcracker ballet performance. We hope you enjoy this online take of a traditional holiday classic

Ballet Brazos will be at Mounce Library on Tues., Dec. 14, 2021, at 5:30 PM, and at Ringer Library on Thurs., Dec. 16, 2021, at 5:30 and 6:15 PM, for Nutcracker Ballet Storytime. Ballet dancers from Brazos Ballet will perform excerpts from the Nutcracker Ballet, and children’s librarians will read from the Nutcracker storybook. Free tickets will be available before each Nutcracker Ballet storytime to ensure that we do not exceed the fire code capacity of the library meeting rooms. For more information, contact Youth Services at Mounce (979-209-5600) or Ringer (979-764-3416).

Carolina Storyteller: Dia de los Muertos

Carolina Storyteller: Dia de los Muertos - Click here to watch

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, Clara B. Mounce Public Library is proud to present:

Carolina Storyteller: Dia de los Muertos - Click here to watch

Carolina Storyteller: Dia de los Muertos

Starting Friday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and running through Nov. 1.

Carolina will excite, enthrall and educate your children with her distinctive bilingual style of storytelling that shines with poetic intensity (and bilingual subtitles).

Carolina Storyteller is a Texas Commission on the Arts performer who brought to life a wide repertoire of myths and traditional tales from Hispanic and Latin America. Her performances find common language and meanings to convey powerful images in her tales.

Come join us virtually to share in the wonderful bilingual folktales come to life through puppetry, songs, and more!

Please submit feedback about the performance for a chance to win a special Dia de los Muertos themed prize for kids. Prizes will be given to the first feedback entries submitted to jstadler@bryantx.gov. Supplies are limited so be sure to watch the video and submit your feedback as soon as possible!

For more information, contact the Mounce Library youth services desk at (979) 209-5600.

Extended Library Hours Beginning Sept. 8, 2020

Mounce Library

Curbside Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Saturday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Ringer Library

Curbside Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Monday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Carnegie History Center

Monday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

 

 

Grandma Bobbee: Story Songs

Bobbee Pennington

Performing online in an Exclusive Limited Engagement, Clara B. Mounce Public Library is proud to present:

Grandma Bobbee

Starting Wednesday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. | One Week Only

Grandma Bobbee is a library legend in the Brazos Valley.

Bobbee Pennington spent 15 years working as a storyteller and family literacy librarian with Clara B. Mounce Public Library until she retired in 2019. But don’t let that fool you. Bobbee is still very active in literacy and storytelling.

A member of the Tejas Storytelling Association, Bobbee is the program coordinator for the Brazos Valley Literacy Coalition and she performs and tells stories in schools, libraries, and museums.

She is also now a registered trainer with the Texas Early Childhood Professional Development System certified in the following areas:

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Development Through Play
  • Emergent Literacy: Reading and Writing
  • Language and Communication: Listening, Speaking, and Vocabulary
  • Supporting Skill Development

Come join us virtually to listen to Grandma Bobbee take us on a storytelling adventure.

This performance is a part of the Bryan + College Station Library System’s Summer Reading Program and will be available for one week only.

Zoom Backgrounds: Make the libraries your online meeting background

meeting area at library

The Bryan + College Station Library System has meeting rooms that are used frequently by the public. With social distancing guidelines in place, and in-person meetings not happening at the moment, we thought you might like to still get that library feel for your Zoom meetings.

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mounce library

mounce library

downtown bryan in 1871

ringer library

ringer library

ringer library

carnegie library