The mission and function of the Outreach Office of Montgomery County Memorial Library System (MCMLS) is to identify, contact and facilitate service to those individuals and groups in our community who are, or believe that they are, underserved by the Library.
Devery Johnson has been the Outreach Coordinator since 2008. She has a Master's Degree in Information Science from UNT. In 2010 she became a TALL Texan, which is a leadership program awarded to 26 librarians throughout Texas once a year.
Young at Heart is a newsletter for Seniors throughout Montgomery County. Read the current edition.
Find links with helpful information on our Young at Heart page. Here you will find information regarding healthcare, legal issues, helpful organizations, books and more.
At Home with Books (Currently closed to new accounts)
The At Home with Books is a program of the MCMLS designed to provide those living in assisted living facilities or nursing homes with access to reading materials.
Young at Heart Partners
Enjoy knitting and crochet every Second and Fourth Tuesday from 6pm - 8pm in the small meeting room at the MCMLS Central Library. We meet to show current work, talk, and work on current projects.
Every four months this group makes baby blankets for donation as a way to give back to the community. You do not have to make baby blankets to join the group.
In June, they do an art installation called Texture to Text. This is where they "Yarn Bomb" the area in front of the circulation desk to help patrons "Explode into Summer Reading". Again, you are not required to yarn bomb to join the group, but it is a lot of fun. You can find this group on Facebook. Take a look at some photos of the Yarn Bombing at Central Library.
Bilingual Story Time/Cuentos Bilingües
Seconed Monday every month at 6:00 p.m.
Segundo Lunes de cada mes a las 6:00 p.m.
On the Same Page is an annual reading initiative focused on promoting the simultaneous reading or listening to a selected title by those living along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.
Each year, a representative committee of librarians selects a title that has a broad appeal to adults in our communities, is recognized in authoritative and professional journals, is available in multiple formats from print to downloadable content, and preferably, is available in multiple languages. The title should also lend itself to related programming about the themes or subjects within.
The reading initiative's goal is to encourage our communities to read the same title during the month of October in order to encourage readers to come together in discussions about it with neighbors, co-workers, friends and their families, as well as in classrooms and in libraries throughout the region. October is the month to read this year's choice.
For more information about this program, check out gulfcoastreads.org.
Geocaching is a free, real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Families try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can share their experiences online. The library system has 7 geocaches hidden in or near each location. Outreach runs the program. You will need to sign up for a free account to join in the hunt. Go to geocaching.com to sign up. There is a 2 minute video that explains geocaching.
Every year the Central Library Celebrates Black History Month in February. Check out this year's events.
This a health and wellness program that usually runs from January to February. It features a walking competition that promotes a healthy lifestyle. L.I.T.E. stands for Lose weight, Increase confidence, Tone your body, Exercise and energize.
One of the goals of Library L.I.T.E. is that customers will discover resources in the library to satisfy their needs to live well and be healthy. By putting a spotlight on the library's health and wellness resources, hopefully the library can shed light on the many other valuable services and resources that the library provides free for the public. Library L.I.T.E. allows many customers the opportunity to attain their health goals without having to join a gym or pay high membership fees at other locations around the county - a plus for many people keeping a close eye on their finances.
Community sponsors have come together to support this program, giving MCMLS the wonderful opportunity to enrich people's lives in an unexpected way.
For more information about any of these programs, contact the Outreach Coordinator at 936-539-7814 x6276.