‘Mini library’ now available at local Boys & Girls Club

McCoy's Building Supply, Habitat for Humanity provided the bookshelf

VICTORIA, Texas – Victoria children now have access to Victoria Public Library books at the Boys & Girls Club in Victoria.

The process

The public library partnered with McCoy’s Building Supply and Habitat for Humanity to create a “mini library” for the Boys & Girls Club. McCoy’s supplied the materials to build a bookshelf. Habitat for Humanity then built the shelf. Finally, the library stocked it with fiction and nonfiction books for children ages four to 12.

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McCoy’s Building Supply provided the materials to build the bookshelf for the “mini library” hosted by the Victoria Public Library at the Boys & Girls Club. Shown from left are Cory Klingler, McCoy’s Building Supply; Katrine Villela, Victoria Public Library access and technical services manager; Jayla Akin, Victoria Public Library assistant; and B.K. Harrison, McCoy’s Building Supply store manager.

According to the City of Victoria, library assistant Jayla Akin reached out to the Boys & Girls Club with the idea. She described the mini library as a way to serve the Victoria Public Library’s goal of promoting early literacy.

Every six months, the library will cycle out the book collection.

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Habitat for Humanity built the bookshelf for the “mini library” hosted by the Victoria Public Library at the Boys & Girls Club. Shown from left are April Sobotik, Habitat for Humanity construction manager; Jayla Akin, Victoria Public Library assistant; Lisa Jones, Habitat for Humanity repair construction manager; and Katrine Villela, Victoria Public Library access and technical services manager. Not pictured is Lisa Kainer, Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator in charge of community programs, who also assisted with the project.

Akin also expressed her hope for encouraging children to visit the Victoria Public Library if they are able to do so. The library’s staff has explored ways to make the library more accessible to children, such as allowing them to use their Boys & Girls Club membership cards as library cards.

To learn more

You can learn more about library services by visiting www.victoriatx.gov/library.

The City of Victoria Communications and Public Affairs Office provided the above information and photos.