George & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library
Join Us for the Family Place Library Dedication!
On Thursday, Feb. 15, at 10:00 AM, Mitchell Library will be formally recognized as a Family Place Library and our Play-Learn-Grow early literacy space will be dedicated. Kathleen Deerr, the National Coordinator of Family Place Libraries, will be making the official presentation in the Children’s Area.
Library staff have been working towards this designation during the past year and a half, earning the George & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library a place among more than 500 sites across 31 states committed to serving as a hub for healthy child and family development within their communities. Staff members travelled to the Family Place Training Institute in New York for a 3-day intensive training. Following the training, the library implemented an early literacy play area to encourage child development; added books, toys, music, and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, parents, and caregivers to the library’s collection; and presented a 5-week program of workshops promoting healthy child development and early literacy skills. Mitchell Library’s participation in the Family Place Libraries movement has been supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, and a State-funded grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Branch Manager: Donna Dzierlenga ext. 6307
Due to the growing demands on the South Regional Library, a new branch in the western area of The Woodlands was approved. The George & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library opened to the public in the summer of 2005, and today serves more than 35,000 cardholders.
After a nomination by Congressman Kevin Brady, the branch was chosed as a finalist for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the IMLS. Also in 2017, the Mitchell Library joined the Family Place Libraries national network, which provides the community with resources to help families nurture their children's development and early learning.