An old cliché says bigger isnt always better, but in this case BIGGER is BETTER! The City of Mission currently hosted a grand re-opening of the Speer Memorial Library after completing a major renovation.
What was once a 14,000 square foot facility is now a 48,760 square foot state of the art library that makes us very proud, said Julio Cerda, City Manager. This is a dream come true for the residents of Mission.
Speer Memorial Library is home to over 100,000 books, paperbacks, microforms and audiovisual material. It is considered to be the largest single public library building in South Texas. Patrons can count on a total of 250 computers that are available for public use throughout the library floor and labs. Furthermore, they are able to provide Dial-in Internet Services to over 2,500 patrons who can access this service from their home.
Special programs such as story time, games, GED and computer literacy programs as well as tax preparation classes are planned throughout the year for the enjoyment and benefit of the entire family.
There were many patrons, leaders and VIP guests that attend the festivities. One special group was the delegation from the Prof. Agapito Zepeda Uriegas Public Library in Reynosa. They along with Speer Memorial have a special agreement of cooperation between the two that allows both parties to be able to offer extended services to their respective patrons be being able to borrow books, materials and other items as needed.
Rusty Dove, Library Director invites everyone to visit the Speer Memorial Library. It is a resource center for the entire community of Mission and the surrounding areas. We want it to be a busy place, he said.