All posts by Kim Lehman

Health Partners at the McAllen Public Library

Changing Lives with Community Partnerships

McAllen Public Library is proudly partnering with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Needymeds to offer patron access to invaluable benefits programs. In partnership with HHSC, MPL has a computer workstation at each of its three locations specifically dedicated to self-service enrollment in Your Texas Benefits. On the Your Texas Benefits website, families and individuals may enroll for SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid, TANF, Medicare savings programs and long-term care benefits.

Needymeds provides a free drug discount card, as well as resources for free and low-cost medical clinics, funding opportunities for medical expenses, medical bill mediation and much more. Both organizations are always looking for additional library partners to support these programs. Contact HHSC and Needymeds directly for more information.


Bots and Books Update

May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in!

The Smithville Public Library got some wonderful newspaper coverage of their Spring Break events!

Taylor Public Library patrons were lucky enough to have a big Maker Fair on March 17!

Harker Heights had a big turnout at their Build A Bot event on March 16.

And the Corpus Christi Public Library is working with local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts groups!

Smithville Public Library
Taylor Public Library
harker heights
Harker Heights Public Library
Corpus Girl Scounts Q3 4
Corpus Christi Public Library


Midland Library Works with the Symphony


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MIDLAND, TX – The Midland Public Library and Library Foundation are teaming up with the Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale to present 7 free concerts at local libraries between now and November. The initiative has been funded by a grant from the Arts Council of Midland.

The series includes concerts for both children and adults, and will feature a mix of each of the symphony’s four chamber ensembles. Tonight’s debut concert features the Permian Basin String Quartet at 4:00pm at the Downtown Library.

Family Place Libraries

Congratulations to the staff of the six CTLS libraries who are going to New York for Family Place Library training. This is GREAT news!

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove
Bryan+College Station Library
McAllen Public Library
Nueces  County Library, Robstown
Pasadena Public Library
Wilson County Library, Floresville

The Family Place Libraries Mission

The mission of Family Place Libraries™ is to increase the capacity of libraries throughout the nation to recognize and realize their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement and lifelong learning beginning at place

National Library Week in McAllen

The staff from the McAllen Public Library Main, Palm View and Lark locations posed this question to staff and patrons, “What unlimited possibilities do the McAllen Public Libraries provide for you?” The video was produced by Danica Salazar, Teen Assistant, and members of the Teen Theatre Club. The final product can be viewed at