Still improving: Area library still enhancing environment for learning

LAGUNA VISTA — It once was a one-room library, about the size of a dorm room.

Now, it’s a beautiful freestanding building with a view of the bay.

The Laguna Vista Public Library is one of the main attractions this small town has to offer.

Just recently, library officials announced additional improvements currently being installed in an effort to enhance the environment for learning.

The public works department is currently installing eight library carrels/desks, said City Manager Rolando Vela.

Each carrel will have a power outlet for patrons who want to us their laptop computers.

The total cost of these eight carrels and chairs is $6,222.

Earlier this year, the town council accepted the recommendation of the Community Development Corporation to fund the purchase of the desks and chairs in the amount of $5,222.

Friends of the Library organization donated the additional $1,000.

“This is a perfect example of what happens when people work together. The town, CDC, and the Friends of the Library came together to bring this project to fruition,” Vela said.

“It is our hope that when patrons walk into our library that they, indeed, will see the town’s commitment to fostering an environment for learning.”

Many years after its humble beginnings, no one could imagine how the residents of Laguna Vista managed in the small library for so long.

Slowly, the improved building was filled with wall-to-wall books and computers for everyone to use.

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Pura Mireles has been the director of the Laguna Vista Public Library for two years and Elizabeth Baldwin has been a clerk for 3 ½ years.

Where’s the Library

Town officials encourage the public to stop by the library and visit. It’s located at 1300 Palm Blvd.