A Public and School Library in Rocksprings, Texas
This year marked the eleventh annual release of America’s Star Libraries by the Library Journal, and the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library has earned the title of an American Star Library every year. Even more impressive, for the eighth year consecutively, the Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library has earned the highest possible star rating of 5 stars! In fact, this public library has received the highest star rating in the entire state over the past eleven years!
Although the library staff play a crucial role in ensuring the library is providing services and responding to the needs of the community, it is important to understand that this is a community award that is earned by library patronage and program utilization. Without our patrons, we are just a building that houses the potential for learning and connecting.
According to the American Library Association, there are approximately 119,487 public libraries in the United States. Only 260 public libraries across the nation earned star status by the Library Journal this year and only 10 public libraries in Texas. The Gilmer Library is one of only 72 libraries to have earned this distinguished award every time since its inception. This makes the Gilmer Library's earning five stars even more impressive!
The Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library, located in Rocksprings, TX, is pleased to provide service to both the Rocksprings Community and the Rocksprings Independent School District. Due to the unique characteristics of our community, we offer materials and public library services to residents, long-term visitors, and frequent guests.
Our materials collection is made up of books for all ages, audiobooks, Texana (stories, historical records, and other related books relating to Texas) books, Spanish/English books, Spanish books, magazines, movies, and family resources. We also provide our patrons access to many digital resources including eBooks (electronic books), multiple subscription services, and databases for use in research and learning. These resources can be accessed through our website, and can be used anywhere patrons have Internet access.
In addition to materials, the main library offers comfortable seating areas and work spaces equipped with public use computers, self-serve printing, iPads, coffee bar, health station, and a courtesy device charging station. Patrons can access free wireless Internet on all library computers and devices or use their own personal devices. Other areas within the library include public restrooms, a toddler learning area with a computer, children's story-time area, and an additional room for distance learning opportunities.