Views of the Neighborhood – Lake Travis Community Library

Today we are visiting the Lake Travis Community library in Lakeway. Here is a bit of history quoted from their webpage.

“The Lake Travis Community Library was founded in 1985 and through the generosity of Lake Travis ISD, shared space with the Lake Travis High School Library for over 20 years. In May 2004, voters approved the formation of a Lake Travis Community Library District as a means to create public funding for a regional library. The library district includes Hudson Bend, Lakeway, The Hills, Spicewood, and Briarcliff.

In March 2011, the library received a generous donation of land from Haythem Dawlett in the Tuscan Village development. The new library opened in February 2013. This 11,000 square foot building includes a meeting space for community use, dozens of public computers, a teen room, study tables, a book sale area, a coffee bar, a patio, and ample space for children’s programming.”

Views of the neighborhood

The library overlooks some beautiful scenery.

A sculpture of a boy reading a book.

The bookmobile.

The building is expansive with over 50,000 books, audiobooks, magazines, and movies

The entrance.

The audiobook and movie corner.

Nancy’s Nook has fiction and non-fiction books for sale. Several times a year, the library has a flash sale where a reader can buy a bag of books for $10.00. Coffee is available as well.

A peaceful and comfortable place to read.

The stacks

Plenty of computers.

The patron’s recognition wall where gifts of $10,000 to over $100,000 are acknowledged.

The grand opening commemoration.

Supporter’s walk with personalized bricks.

This is a beautiful library and I hope you enjoyed the tour.

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  1. Wow! What a fantastic library! I live there. 🙂 I love the bookmobile, too! Thanks for sharing, John. Happy Sunday!

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    1. I could live there!

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      1. Me too, Jill. Thanks. 😊

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    2. Thanks, Jill. Have a great​ weekend.

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  2. What a tremendous facility.

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    1. It is terrific for sure. Thanks, Keith.

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  3. Thanks for taking us along to this lovely library, John. It’s looks like a place where we could spend hours browsing and reading.
    Wishing you a happy Sunday from Norway.

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    1. It is the kind of place where you don’t feel rushed to leave. Thanks, Dina.

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  4. A beautiful library, John, inside and out. Good pictures. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne

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  5. Open and well-lit. Seems like a welcoming place for readers.

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    1. It is a beautiful place, GP

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  6. I stopped cold when I saw the sculpture of the boy reading the book. It certainly looks like the work of the sculptor who created four kids crossing a log that was installed at the Brazoria Wildlife Refuge. I’m going to make a couple of phone calls after the holiday and see if that might be so.

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    1. I guess I could check and see who the artist is. There are several kid sculptures around town and it may be the same artist. Thanks, Linda. I’m going to do a feature on the sculptures and will have the info by then.

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  7. Looks like a great place to relax and read in. Wish Bookmobiles were still a thing around here.

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    1. Yeah. They are alive and well here for sure. Thanks, Charles.

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      1. I think they’re rentals here, but I could be wrong.

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  8. I enjoyed this, John. I am happy to see libraries thrive in an era when many were predicting they would be gone. I think there’s still a need for community-based education and a focus on reading and learning.

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    1. I have to agree with you, Dan. Thanks

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  9. Wow! What a fabulous library. Our school is undergoing a major renovation this year, and when it is complete, the library will have Jennie’s Cozy Corner in honor of me. Nancy’s Nook reminded me of that. I love the brick donors pathway.

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    1. Congratulations on Jennie’s Cosy Corner. What an honor. 😁

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      1. Thanks, John. I’ll post photos when it’s completed next year. 🙂

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  10. This is a great facility, John. It looks inviting and relaxing.

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    1. it is very relaxing I must say.

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  11. I love libraries, big or small, new or old. Passing through the doors is like entering a cathedral. No matter how hurried I am, I seem to lose that urgency once I’m inside. I never want to leave. Thanks for sharing this post, John. I loved it!

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    1. You’ve described it beautifully, Jim

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  12. What a lovely place to visit – regularly!
    I miss going to a library, to tell the truth…then again, I miss reading. Seems once I’ve gone through all the blog posts and whatnot on the Internets, sitting down with a book seems like too much. Must change my ways.

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    1. Yes. I always read just before bed. Not long but consistently​.

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      1. Same here… even if its 2 am!

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  13. What a beautiful look at the local library! I can smell the books! 🙂 I lived in libraries growing up and I still get excited when I walk into one. Thanks for sharing, John! I hope you have donated them copies of your books to go on the shelf!

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    1. I have yet to speak to the director. That’s coming up.

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  14. Yes, I enjoyed the tour! A lot of thought must have gone into planning this space to be a vital part of the community. I love the reading alcove looking out over the view.

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    1. Yeah, that alcove was lovely. Thanks, Liz.

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  15. Enticing pictures, John. Maybe I need to move! 😉

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    1. Ha haha. You would miss the country. Not the deer. We have plenty of them.

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      1. Very likely so.

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  16. What a wonderful library, John. You are most fortunate. I believe a nation’s libraries tell you a lot about the psychology of the people.

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    1. I think people here like to read.

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  17. Yes, I enjoyed this tour very much, John. It’s a marvelous facility. Seeing it gives one hope. (Maybe that sounds like an odd reaction, but so few people seem to want to learn or read anything). Thanks for bringing us along. Have a sublime Sunday. Hugs!

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    1. Looks like reading is alive and well here. I purposefully took shots without people in them per the request of the staff. There were kids and adults all over the place.

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  18. It’s not a library so much as a palace! Whoa Nellie!

    A bag of books with a cup of Joe? Yep, I’m sold.

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    1. Hahaha. It is the place to be.

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      1. It wouldn’t be the worst place to find yourself when the shit hits the fan, tell you what.

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      2. Umm, bring the bourbon?

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  19. Gwen M. Plano · · Reply

    Wow, what a wonderful library! It says a lot about your community, that residents would want a library of this caliber. Enjoy the day!

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    1. I think it does say a lot for sure, Gwen. Happy Sunday.

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  20. Wonderful area, dear John. Are there any of your books already?

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    1. No. I haven’t talked to them yet.

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      1. I’m sure they will be impressed!

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      2. Thank you, Maria. We’ll certainly see.

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      3. 😉 The country must know its heroes.

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  21. I never turn down a visit to a public library, John, so I enjoyed seeing yours very much. Our city’s library is one of the Andrew Carnegie public libraries in Central Illinois and is one of my favorite stomping grounds! Lovely scenic view at yours (we, too, have those personalized bricks out front, but no statue of a boy reading a book).

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    1. The Carnegie libraries are great. Thanks, Debbie.

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  22. What a beautiful setting for an outstanding library! I like Nancy’s Nook with books for sale and coffee. They should have your books, John!

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    1. They should for sure. Thanks, Jo.

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  23. Great library. We still have bookmobiles in Idaho.

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    1. That’s great.

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  24. Thank you for the tour, John. It’s a beautiful library.

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  25. That’s a great library … and I love libraries!!!! You’re very lucky. Thank you for letting us in on this little gem.

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    1. I love libraries too.

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  26. D.L. Finn, Author · · Reply

    Looks like a beautiful place to spend the day:)

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    1. It is very lovely, Denise. Thank you.

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        🙂

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  27. I loved this tour very much, John! That library is so beautiful. Makes me want to move to Lake Travis 🙂

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    1. It is a lovely place for sure.

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  28. Looks like a very special place to sit a spell. Beautiful, John.
    I love Lake Travis!

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    1. It is a pretty lake for sure.

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  29. I got excited when I saw it was a tour of the library. I could totally curl up with a book in that corner overlooking the water.

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    1. Me too, Teri. Thank you.

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  30. What a beautiful library with a beautiful view.

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    1. Yes, it is, Rhonda. Worth visiting for sure.

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  31. What a beautiful library in a lovely setting! I would never want to leave.

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    1. It is a beautiful place, Michelle. Thanks.

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  32. I always enjoy a library tour John. This is a beautiful example and I particularly liked the supporter’s walkway.

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    1. Thank you, Lynne. The walkway is very cool.

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  33. What an amazing resource John and wide open spaces, places to sit and enjoy the books and other activities.. brilliant, the community is certainly lucky to have this purpose built library..

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    1. Thank you, Sally. Yes, it is quite a place.

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