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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@ConverseLibrary


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.

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 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: 

Nov: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by See
Dec: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Stein
Jan: Winter Garden by Hannah
Feb: Rebecca by du Maurier

​Baby Time  

Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.  This is intended for babies through age 2, interacting with the caregiver.  Sensory activities are included.

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 the third 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 4-5:30 pm with a new challenge weekly.

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 to 11:15 am or 1:30-2:15 pm 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.  

Teen Book Club

meets on the second Thursday of the month 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.  Runs October through May.

***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.