Welcome to George & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library


Location:
8125 Ashlane Way
The Woodlands, TX 77382
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Phone: 936-442-7728

Branch Manager:
Donna Dzierlenga ext. 6307

Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday & Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Bookdrops remain open during closings and holiday hours.

2017 Holiday Closings Calendar

January 2: New Year's Day
January 16: Martin Luther King Day
February 20: President's Day
April 14-15: Good Friday.
May 29: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
September 4: Labor Day
November 10-11: Veteran's Day
November 22: Close at 5:00 p.m.
November 23-25: Thanksgiving
December 23-26: Christmas

Amenities:

Public Computers Public Computers Wi-Fi Wireless Internet
Wi-Fi Photocopier (b/w) Printer Printer (b/w & color)
Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms Study Rooms Study Rooms
Computer Classes Computer Classes eBook Assistance eBook Assistance
Displays Displays/Exhibits Group Tours Group Tours
Outreach Outreach ServicesChildren's Computers Early Learning Computers

Library Friends of South Montgomery County
Click here to view the SMC Friends of the Library website or email us for information on upcoming booksales, events, or meetings.

Growing demands on the South Regional Library prompted the establishment of a new branch library in the western part of The Woodlands. January 2002 saw the acceptance of a Facilities Master Plan by the Planning Task Force. A $10 million bond issue was approved by the community in November 2002 for the replacement of the existing R.B. Tullis and West branch libraries and the addition of a new branch in the far western portion of The Woodlands. Design of the three new library facilities was initiated in 2003.

Land for the new branch in The Woodlands was donated by The Woodlands Operating Company. Ground breaking for the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library took place on July 21, 2004. The Grand Opening for the library was held on July 6, 2005. The George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library houses a collection of 107,863 items.

The branch was chosen as a finalist for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This award is the nation’s highest honor for extraordinary public service, recognizing institutions that are valuable community anchors. Mitchell Library was nominated for the award by Congressman Kevin Brady and became one of only fifteen libraries to be recognized as finalists in 2017. Finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service are selected because of their significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

Statistics: During FY 2015, the Mitchell Library circulated 517,858 items and increased to 35,360 cardholders.


Computer classes

Offered throughout the month - free of charge. Check Class Calendar for dates and more information.

Crafternoons

If you’ve got hundreds of “pins” on Pinterest, but just can’t get started, or you would like to meet other Pinterest and craft fans, Crafternoons is for you!  Each month will feature free crafts that adults can create and take home, while supplies last.  No advanced skills are needed - just show up ready to have fun, meet other community members, and create something amazing! 
 
All ages welcome, but be aware that crafts are intended for adults and older children.  Free supplies and instructions provided, no registration needed.  Don’t forget to check the Events Calendar for the featured crafts each month! 

Date: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month
Time: 1:30PM
Location: Community Room 102

Visit us, call us at 936-442-7728, or email us with questions or to be added to our Crafternoons bimonthly email list!

Adult Fiction Book Club

If you like to talk about good books and meet other book lovers, please join us! We will have light refreshments and a book discussion. The South Montgomery County Friends of the Library has graciously donated copies of the books being read. Names will be drawn and books will be distributed at Book Club. Questions? Call 936-442-7728 or email Emily Osburn.

Time: 2:00pm (exceptions will be listed below) on the first Thursday of the month.
Location: Community Room on first floor

Adult Nonfiction Book Club

If you enjoy interesting discussions, delicious refreshments, and the congeniality of like-minded readers, please join us. The South Montgomery County Friends of the Library has graciously donated copies of the books being read. There will be monthly drawings for a copy of the next month's book choice. Ages 18 and up. Questions? Contact Jackie Greene, Reference Librarian, at 936-442-7728 ext. 6314 or jgreene@countylibrary.org

Time: 1:00pm on the third Thursday of the month (exceptions will be indicated below)
Location: Community Room on first floor

Adult Evening Book Club

Loved it, hated it, we want to hear about it! Join us for an evening discussion on the current month's selection. Each month, we raffle off select copies of the next month’s selection to a few lucky readers, courtesy of The South Montgomery County Friends of the Library. Ages 18 and up. Questions? Visit us, call us at 936-442-7728, or email us.

Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Community Room on first floor, Room 102 (any exceptions will be listed below)



Children's Activities
For children's Summer Reading calendar, click here.
Contact: 936-442-7728 ext. 6327


 

George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library Joins
Family Place Libraries™ Network In Building Foundations for Early Learning

George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library will be joining the Family Place Libraries™ national network, providing a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children's development and early learning during the critical first years of life. The Library’s new Play - Learn - Grow Early Literacy Space was unveiled on April 10, 2017. “As a Family Place Library, the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library strives to ensure that parents and caregivers of young children recognize the Library as a place to play, learn and grow,” stated Children’s Librarian Shelly Lane.

Located in the Children's Area, the specially designed space for children from birth to age five will feature toys, books and a parenting collection containing carefully chosen works on early childhood. Young children can play in the area to learn new skills, develop small motor movements and interact socially with others, as well as read books together with their parents. Through play, children learn about their world and develop essential early literacy skills. The educational toys selected for the Children’s Area were chosen to encourage imaginative fun and include a fully equipped play kitchen, blocks, puzzles, dinosaurs and much more.

As a Family Place Library, the Library will feature the following core elements:

  • A specially designed space in the children's area for families with young children to relax, play, share books and meet other families.
  • Collections of books, toys, music and multimedia materials for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents and caregivers.
  • Access to resources that emphasize emergent literacy, reading readiness and parent education.
  • Developmentally appropriate programming, such as Family Storytime and Toddler Playdate for younger children and their parents.
  • Parent-Child Workshops: A five week series of fun, play-based activities for toddlers and their parents and caregivers. Rich with toys, books and art activities, the workshops provide an opportunity for families to spend time together, make friends and talk one-on-one with specialists on various aspects of child development and early literacy. The workshops will begin in the fall of 2017.

Once the program is fully in place, the George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library will partner with local family-serving agencies and professionals to help parents of young children build foundations for early learning. Research has proven that the ways adults respond to and interact with children from birth to five years have dramatic effects on the brain, stimulating a child's social, emotional, and intellectual development. Parents and caregivers are their children’s first teachers and the Library is here to help them in that role. George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library’s implementation of this expanded public library role is made possible in part 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 in part by a State-funded grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The Family Place Libraries™ model is now in over 400 libraries in 29 states serving thousands of young children and their parents/caregivers. Learn more about Family Place Libraries.