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Posted on: June 7, 2022

Victoria Public Library partners with local groups for ‘mini library’

Kids and two adults pose with books in front of a bookshelf.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library “mini library” bookshelf and library books were delivered to the Boys and Girls Club on June 6. Shown with the books are several club members, along with Nikki Hagel, program director, second from left, and Crystal Saucedo, administrative assistant, right.

Victoria kids can now enjoy convenient access to Victoria Public Library books at their local Boys & Girls Club.

The library partnered with McCoy’s Building Supply and Habitat for Humanity to create a “mini library” for the Boys & Girls Club. McCoy’s supplied the materials for a bookshelf, Habitat for Humanity built the shelf and the library stocked it with fiction and nonfiction books for children ages 4 to 12.

Four people pose for a photo in a work area at McCoy's Building Supply.PHOTO #2: McCoy’s Building Supply provided the materials to build the bookshelf for the “mini library” hosted by the Victoria Public Library at the Boys & Girls Club. Shown from left are Cory Klingler, McCoy’s Building Supply; Katrine Villela, Victoria Public Library access and technical services manager; Jayla Akin, Victoria Public Library assistant; and B.K. Harrison, McCoy’s Building Supply store manager.

Four people pose for a photo with a bookshelfPHOTO #3: Habitat for Humanity built the bookshelf for the “mini library” hosted by the Victoria Public Library at the Boys & Girls Club. Shown from left are April Sobotik, Habitat for Humanity construction manager; Jayla Akin, Victoria Public Library assistant; Lisa Jones, Habitat for Humanity repair construction manager; and Katrine Villela, Victoria Public Library access and technical services manager. Not pictured is Lisa Kainer, Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator in charge of community programs, who also assisted with the project.

Library assistant Jayla Akin reached out to the Boys & Girls Club with the idea for the mini library as a way to serve the Victoria Public Library’s goal of promoting early literacy.

“We want all of the children in our community to have access to new reading material, even if they don’t have the necessary transportation to come to the library,” Akin said.

A bookshelf made of dark wood with a few colorful rectanglesPHOTO #4: This bookshelf, which was built by Habitat for Humanity using materials provided by McCoy’s Building Supply, is used for the Victoria Public Library “mini library” at the Boys & Girls Club. 

The library will cycle out the book collection every six months.

Akin also hopes the mini library will encourage children to visit the Victoria Public Library if they are able to do so. Library staff are exploring ways to make the library more accessible to them, such as allowing them to use their Boys & Girls Club membership cards as library cards.

To learn more about library services, visit www.victoriatx.gov/library