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Community Library Seeks Support

Creative Economy at work in Jarrell

The previous two centuries were heavy on manufacturing and technology. The 21st century is more about creativity and innovation—the world of information in your pocket—so where does that leave libraries?

First, it’s not news that Williamson County is a rapidly growing community and many are working hard to keep up with services, education and amenities. Not the least among these is the Community Library of Northern Williamson County, which has a small group of dedicated board members and supporters working to find or build one.

Second, while this planned facility will still have books and videos, the modern role of libraries is providing informal education in a safe space. Members of the community can work with emerging technologies for essential services or participate in the innovation that drives our economy. President Julia Dade says, “We have a long way to go but having a place where the past, present and future come together to serve the residents is worth it.”

The Board is reaching out for local and regional support to lease or build a facility that will provide more than the standard library materials; literature and movies. There will be public wi-fi connections, business services, emergency shelter, community meeting rooms, visiting scholar series and possibly an amphitheater for outside performances. “These services are critical for individuals who otherwise do not have access to research materials or Internet connections to apply for jobs, classes or benefits,” Dade says.

Costs for leased space or construction of a new building as well as operating costs will be substantial. Some will come from grants and government entities but local contributions must demonstrate community investment in the project.   

They are organizing volunteers and fundraisers in the meantime to provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to be a part of the process and get some positive exposure in the process.

Donations of books, computer equipment, office supplies, silent auction items, or event services are welcome.

Cinco de Mayo fundraiser May 5th at the American Legion Post 317 in Jarrell 7pm–midnight. Dinner, dancing to live music, Silent Auction and 50/50 raffle. Business sponsorships and silent auction opportunities are available. Ticket information on Facebook at Community Library of Northern Williamson County Businesses or individuals interested in helping contact Julia Dade at 512-943-8301 or Robin Barfield at 512-496-7956.

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