Converse Public Library

Mission Statement
The Mission of the Converse Public Library is to enhance purposeful learning, creative discovery, and to serve our community with the expansion of knowledge, technology, and responsive library services.

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Converse Public Library offers:


  • Accelerated Reader Books
  • Bluebonnet, Lone Star and TAYSHAS books
  • Graphic Novels and Manga
  • Current Releases
  • Large Print Books
  • Weekly Story Times
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Interlibrary Loan Service
  • Free Public Computers
  • Fax and Photo Copy Service
  • Free Notary Service (please make an appointment)
  • Readers Advisory Services
  • TexShare Card Program
  • ....and so much more!

Who may get a Library Card?

  • Free to Converse residents (zip code 78109) with your photo ID and proof of residency such as a utility bill that has your name and address
  • Free to Converse business owners with proof of business ownership
  • Free to Educators teaching within Converse City Limits and all Judson ISD educators with current school ID
  • $25 annually to non-residents

Books, Movies, Electronic Resources and More . . .

The Converse Library currently holds approximately 23,700 material items (books, videos, audiobooks, etc.) available for checkout with a library card, not including our e-books through OverDrive!

Learning Express Library - free study guides for a wide variety of entrance exams: SAT, GED, ACT, NET, TEAS, and more.  Learning Express Library also includes tips on finding careers and developing your resume.

Mango Languages - create a free account to learn a new language. 70 + languages to choose from and movies to watch too.

TexShare Databases - provide thousand of full-text magazines, newspapers, World Cat, legal resources and more.  

Go to our Online Catalog click on the links and start exploring today!


Activities



Adult Lunch Bunch Book Club

meets on the third Friday of each month from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Bring your lunch and munch as we chat...what could be better!  Scheduled book picks: 

Feb: Rebecca by du Maurier
Mar: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
April: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
May: Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
June: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni
July: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Aug: Becoming by Michelle Obama
Sept: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Oct: Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanna Fluke
Nov: Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Dec: Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Home School Hangouts


Home School Hangouts is for the home schooling community. Games will be provided. This activity is self-directed and geared toward the children's social development. It is held the first Monday of the month 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm from October to May.

LEGO Builders Group
Weekly meet up to challenge your building skills.  This group is open to all ages and meets every Tuesday from 4:15-5:30 pm with a new challenge weekly.

Once Upon a Crime Book Club 

meets on the second Friday of each month from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  Bring your lunch.  Focus is on mysteries, particularly murder mysteries!  Scheduled picks:

Feb: Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
Mar: An Unwanted Guest by Shari LaPena
Apr: Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich
May: A Serial Killer's Daughter by Kerri Rawson

STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics) Event
Held monthly on the third Thursday, we will explore various STEAM activities from 3:30-5:30 pm.  We will be having larger STEAM Carnivals throughout the year with multiple activities.  

StoryTime


Join Miss Melissa every Wednesday from 10:30 am - 11:15 am for our weekly storytime!  Different themes are featured weekly and can be found on our Facebook page or on our monthly calendar.  Experience early childhood development through stories, songs, and crafts.  

***Be sure to check our Calendar as well as our Facebook Page - we have activities almost every single day!

History

In 1988, the City Council , the Lions Club, Converse Grange, and a host of other volunteers combined their efforts to make the library a reality. On September 1, 1991, the Converse Area Public Library opened its doors and was accredited by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in 1993. The library is now known as the Converse Public Library.

In June of 2015, the Converse City Council appointed a Citizens Committee of 21 members to study the needs of the City of Converse. Throughout the summer of 2015 they met and toured existing facilities, analyzed costs and presented a list of six capital needs to the City Council at their August 2015 meeting, one of which was an expansion of the library. The following November, Converse voters approved $800,000 for the library expansion project.

The contract firm of Sabinal Construction and the architectural firm of RVK was chosen as the builder and designer. The Converse Public Library had a Groundbreaking Ceremony Event on March 15, 2017. Construction began shortly thereafter on April 19, 2017.  The expansion project was completed in February 2018 with the Grand Reopening Ceremony held on March 7, 2018.