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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  • Internet use, document printouts, and fax services
  • Job searches, resume creation, and digital scans
  • Free Wi-Fi access for your laptops and mobile devices
  • Research and databases for your school projects
  • Print tax forms and other important government documents
  • Email creation and Facebook

How do I get my library card?

To apply for a library card visit the library with a picture I.D. and proof of residency, such as a utility bill or insurance card, and fill out an application. Library cards are free to residents of Converse (78109). If you live outside of Converse City limits, you may purchase an annual membership for $25.

Books, Movies, Electronic Resources and More . . .

The Converse Library currently holds approximately 23,200 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: SATS, 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.

NewsBank - diverse source types included printed and online newspapers, journals and more, from the San Antonio Express News to the Northeast Herald to newspapers around the world.

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 once a month on a Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.  We will discuss the book picked from last month's meeting.  If you haven't finished the novel come anyway, but beware of spoilers!  You can help decide on the next novel.  Make sure to bring your lunch!

CRAFTERNOON


Crafternoon is an hour of free arts and crafts activities open to all ages and skill levels. From 11:30 am to 12:30 pm the second Saturday of the month from September to April.

Homeschool hangouts

Homeschool hangouts is for the homeschooling community. Games and snacks will be provided. This activity is self-directed and geared toward the children's social development. It is held every first and third Tuesday of the month 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm from September to May.

StoryTime


The Converse Public Library holds weekly story times from September to May every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 11:15 am for our morning session and from 1:30-2:15 pm for our afternoon session.  Same great program two times to choose from! This is designed for young children up to pre-kinder. It features stories, music, and a crafting session designed to activate whole-brain development.

Summer Reading


Libraries Rock! We had lots of rockin' programs for all children up to age 18! Check back in May of 2019 for next summer's programs!  

Teen Book Club

meets once a month on the third Tuesday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. We will discuss the book that was selected by the teens the previous month and have a lot of fun doing it! Ages 11 to 18 only please! Parents feel free to drop off your middle/high schooler and pick up afterwards! Snacks will be provided.

***Look at our Calendar for special activities throughout the year, like Mini-Con, Star Wars Reads Day and Author Visits!

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.