Martindale library: Big heart in small town

locals can attend free programming at the Martindale Community Library like storytime that happens every Thursday at 11 a.m. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE Martindale Community Library

The Martindale Community Library in idyllic downtown Martindale is having its third annual fundraiser from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23.

The library will be sharing the spotlight with the Ninth Annual Texas Mamma Jamma Ride for a Cure, the Monthly Martindale Market and the Martindale Motorcycle Works’ Rider Built Bike Show.

There will be plenty to do and see for all ages. The library fundraiser will consist of a silent auction and a raffle. Many area businesses and community members have donated items. Silent auction prizes include gift cards, jewelry, collectibles, artwork and home decor items. The raffle includes a Yeti Tundra 45 cooler and a custom, restored vintage church bench with a hand-stained Texas flag. Raffle tickets are for sale now at the library and will be available on event day for a donation of $5 each or $20 for five tickets. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. – at the close of the silent auction.

“Our library is the life of downtown Martindale,” Mary Evelyn Grant, lifetime Martindale resident and Friends of the Library co-chair said. “It offers so much to area residents. We are supported totally by donations, so this event is a great way to participate in the vital work that is being done. Come join in the fun and help our library to continue providing quality programming and services.”

The Martindale Community Library began as a small lending library housed in the Methodist church. It is 100 percent donation-funded and volunteer-staffed. The library is free to use and offers free memberships for anyone in Caldwell, Hays and Guadalupe counties.

Area children learn how to do computer coding at the library using an MIT program called Scratch.

Free programming, such as Pre-K Story Time – every Thursday at 11 a.m. – is a boost to early education. Other successful programs have been the AARP Tax Preparation program, Voter Registration Drives, free garden seed distribution in partnership with the Caldwell County Master Gardeners and a unique coding seminar using MIT’s Scratch software.

“I've lived in Martindale most of my life, and the library is possibly the nicest thing to develop in all those years,” Loraine Harrison, a former Martindale mayor and Friends of the Library co-chair said. “There is no other entity that has done so much to bring the community together. It is used and valued by all from various age groups, educational levels, ethnic groups. There is a focused effort to meet the needs of all of our varied citizenry."

“This little library is just different. Of course it has books, computers and the other things you expect to find in a library, but it also has a librarian and a staff of volunteers who make each person feel welcome," Jane Latham, Martindale Community Library Board president and founding member of the Friends of the Library said. “Every little town needs that kind of a place. In some small towns it's a coffee shop. In Martindale it is the library.”

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