There is a library down the street from my parent’s house but we never went there because of the city zoning. In order to check out books, we would have to pay a yearly fee or go to the library in another town. My mom would take me to a used bookstore or to the thrift store to purchase books. I was always so excited when the scholastic book fair came to my school because I could finally get my hands on new books. I borrowed books from friends constantly because I wanted to know about all of the new books they had and I wanted to be a part of the discussion. I would go sit at the library and admire all of the books and when I was in high school I even borrowed my friend’s library card to check out books. I went to the library book sales so often I signed up for the email list and was ready to go every time there was a sale. When I moved to San Marcos, I discovered my love for the library for the first time. I went a little crazy and checked out as many books as I could fit into my bag. I had never had so many books in the back seat of my car or finished so many books in one week because of the freedom that the library gave me. When I moved to Wimberley, the first thing I did was stop by the library and get a library card. I had such a joyous feeling being in the library and being able to talk to the staff and people who care about books as much as I do. When COVID started I was worried about how to make myself known in the community and how to get my hands on new titles that everyone was talking about. The Wimberley Village Library came up with a plan even amidst the craziness of the pandemic and I was able to check out books that helped everything to feel normal. I started working at the library in September at the circulation desk and got to know the people in the community in a new and exciting way. I got to talk to patrons about books and the way they’ve connected with them in a way I had never done before. I am now the children’s librarian and I have read and learned so much. It is so delightful to talk to kids about what they’re reading and see how reading is shaping them. I love being able to check out books, talk to patrons, and really feel like I belong to the community. I love how the library holds so much information and so much of the heart of the community.

Veronica Leal is our Youth Librarian. Contact her at: youthservices@wimberleylibrary.org or (512) 847-2188 ext.102