Tag Archives: Austin Public Library

Monday, June 1, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City begins reopening library, pool facilities

City libraries and pools are reopening for the summer beginning this week.Beginning today, Austin Public Library begins its phased reopening of library branches across the city. In phase two, which started today, book drops at branches are open.Books returned to…

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Library Commission discusses proposed FY21 budget

In a virtual meeting convened April 27 to discuss its proposed Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget, the Library Commission recommended a 3.2 percent (or $1.7 million) increase over Fiscal Year 2019-20, including an increase to the materials budget by 3.6 percent…

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Library Commission punts fine-free initiative amid Covid-19 uncertainty

The Library Commission pledged to keep working on its Fine-Free Libraries program Monday, with the understanding that it may take a year or more to win City Council’s approval due to the budgetary uncertainty caused by Covid-19.“I think there is…

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Petitioners may collect signatures outside libraries

The Austin Public Library has adopted new rules relating to free speech and petitioning at city libraries, according to a memo Library Director Roosevelt Weeks sent to the mayor and Council last week.That memo states that the new rules were…

Monday, March 2, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Drip, drip, drip

Givens has broken… It turns out that Givens Pool is failing faster than predicted, and a February memo from the Parks and Recreation Department advises its immediate closure. The department identified Givens as one of seven pools in critical condition…

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Faulk Library renovation opens conversation on Downtown Community Court

The Austin History Center downtown is ready to expand into the first floor of the adjacent John H. Faulk Library, but the building needs some work.City Council will consider a contract for design services Thursday to get the ball rolling…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by Jerry Quijano

Austin Public Library is checking out whether to stop charging for overdue materials

The Austin Library Commission is looking into eliminating overdue fees for all materials in the city’s public library system.The Austin Public Library stopped charging fees on overdue materials checked out for kids in 2018. Now the commission has created a…

Monday, July 29, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: APL Director Roosevelt Weeks

Curious about the latest at Austin Public Library? This week we go straight to the stacks to discuss just that. Listen in below as Austin Monitor reporter Jack Craver talks with Library Director Roosevelt Weeks.Austin Monitor Radio is produced in…

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by DaLyah Jones

After 13-year-old’s arrest, black advocates demand library policies that create safe spaces for all

Teacher Njera Keith was entering the Carver Branch of Austin Public Library with a 6-year-old student when they saw a police officer patting down 13-year-old LaTashia Milligam. The teenager was handcuffed and had no shoes on.Keith said her young student…

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by Jack Craver

Tense meeting over arrest at library

The Library Commission heard impassioned testimony Monday night over the arrest last month of a 13-year-old girl at the Austin Public Library’s Carver branch.Activists showed up to the meeting at the Terrazas branch on Cesar Chavez Street to urge the…

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by Jack Craver

City proposes ditching Recycled Reads

Some City Council members are alarmed at a proposal from city staff to phase out Recycled Reads, a service operated by the library system that repurposes, recycles or sells books that are discarded by the library or donated by residents.Staffers…

Monday, January 7, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: We’re back, and so is this

Taking her talents… Ellen Troxclair, whose term on Austin City Council concludes with today’s swearing-in ceremony that’ll install Paige Ellis as the new representative for District 8, is taking her focus on property tax issues to the state level. News…

Monday, December 3, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Lord of the files

Pig-headed politics… At a recent City Council work session, Council members were discussing proposed changes to the ordinance that dictates the extent to which people can exercise their First Amendment rights on library grounds. Specifically, what limits, if any, should…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Libraries plan to designate areas for petitioning

After a month of consultations with the Law Department over the language of the rules governing petitioning on library property, the Austin Public Library may have found a compromise.Instead of limiting petitioning to sidewalks surrounding the libraries, which groups have…

Monday, March 19, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Parking and … other … concerns

Still hanging around… We have it to thank for our intimate knowledge of celebrities’ lunches, Capital Metro’s train delays and the president’s spontaneous thoughts, so why not also give Twitter pre-emptive credit for helping to establish a working urban cable…

Friday, October 27, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s new Central Library opens Saturday. Will people use it?

Taylor Barnett, 24, hasn’t had a public library card since the 1990s, when she was a kid growing up in Victoria, Texas. She would frequent the local library with her grandparents, especially after they bought a computer with little idea…

Friday, July 14, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Arts panel faces procedural misstep

On Monday, the Art in Public Places panel felt caught in the middle of a procedural misstep taken by the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation, which wanted donated art installed at the new Central Library.John Gillum, the library facilities planning…

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Austin public libraries to expand videoconferencing

The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation received a $120,000 grant from Google.org last Friday for Austin Public Library to expand videoconferencing to the rest of its branches.The foundation applied for the grant that will fund needed technology, and it will…

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Construction of new Central Library overdue, again

City Council members learned last week that the completion of the new downtown public library has been hit with delays, again.“I do think that it is getting very close, but I don’t have a specific date that I can give…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

New library cost could climb to $126 million with Council’s OK

City Council will consider what is hoped to be the final spending increase for the long-in-the-works Austin Central Library on Thursday, with the total price tag for the project set to fall somewhere just under $126.6 million.The agenda item asks…

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