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Dear members of the community,

At Driftwood Public Library, we want to be a place of discovery and possibility that enriches our community members’ lives by providing plenty of ways to educate and entertain yourself or your family. The mission of Driftwood Public Library is to provide open access to diverse popular and informational materials, technologies, and programs for the entire community.

We work hard to be a warm, welcoming space for all community members, starting from the core principle that “libraries are for everyone.” For those who want a bit of quiet and respite, we provide the Distad Reading Room at the north end of the library. With the exception of its use for special library events, this room – which has doors that may be closed – is kept as quiet as possible. Cell phones and conversation are not allowed here, and it is a perfect place to study or read a newspaper.

Our community members also need space for group work, collaboration, and to make connections with each other. Additionally, some members of our community are hard of hearing and have difficulty speaking in quieter tones. For this reason, we do not severely restrict noise in the other areas of the library, although we do ask people to keep their conversation to a reasonable volume and use headphones with their electronic devices.

Exploration for our little ones can be exuberant, and it is important that children view the library as a welcoming space where they can be themselves and learn in their own ways. This fosters a love of literacy that will hopefully last their entire lives! For this reason, we have a children’s area at the south end of the library filled with books, toys, and games that support their learning, and also offer engaging programs. At times, children are upset because they aren’t ready to leave the library. This can cause frustration for adults who want quiet and are not used to noise in a library, as well as embarrassment to their parents as they try to complete their business and leave as quickly as possible. The last thing we want is for parents to feel uncomfortable bringing their children to the library, so we try to treat these situations with sympathy and humor, and hope that the other members of our community will do the same.

If you are visiting the library and encounter something that is disturbing your enjoyment, please let a staff member know as soon as possible so that we can find a solution! Members of the public are also welcome to write to me with suggestions or comments, or attend a meeting of the library advisory board, which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 3:30 PM in the library’s Fischer Room.

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