New director updating Lufkin library

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The library has always been a go-to spot for parents battling their kids' summer boredom. Kurth Memorial Library isn't any different for Lufkin parents.

"It does keep them doing things other than sitting around watching TV," parent April Wallace said.

Grant Wallace beats the heat at the Lufkin library. This summer he's into Magic Tree Books and his enthusiasm is contagious.

"They're about this Magic treehouse and they never know who's there," Wallace said. "They were walking in the woods and they found a house."

The library's new director, Lorraine Simoneau, feeds off the excitement from kids like Grant. Yet she's not satisfied with the status quo.

"We're trying to bring more resources and more things to the people so we can get more people back in the library again," Simoneau said.

Under her leadership, everything is being updated.

"We're going through collection by collection, getting the older stuff out of there and replacing it with new materials," Simoneau said.

The library's computer system is getting a make-over, ten years overdue.

"People will be able to renew their materials from home," Simoneau said. "They'll be able to go to the card catalogue and request things from home."

New library cards, from paper to plastic. And the children's summer program is also expanding.

"We just started a Spanish-language story hour," Simoneau said. "Tuesdays from two to three."

But the library isn't just for kids. It can also be an oasis of peace and quiet for adults. And a chance to catch up on your reading.

"You can go into a study room and just have some quiet time," employee Jessica Thomas said.

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