Generous Gift To Area Library Begins New Chapter

Submitted By Lacee Sowell

The award-winning Bulverde/Spring Branch Library is turning the page to a new chapter! In response to a generous gift from the Mammen Family Foundation to the library’s Capital Campaign, the Bulverde Area Rural Library District’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously at their May, 2018 meeting to rename the library the “Mammen Family Public Library.”

“The Mammens have been great supporters of the library over the years, true lovers of literacy, and great community members,” stated Library Director Susan Herr. “I am in awe of what this gift will provide for our community’s future! The funds are specifically designated to ensure the community benefits from the library’s wonderful programming for many, many years to come.”

The BSB Library, now known as the Mammen Family Public Library, offers hundreds of free programs each year that encourage community members to develop literacy skills and to pursue lifelong leisure learning goals. Thousands of individuals participate each year in library programming that helps them obtain a GED, learn a number of languages (including English), and master technology. Children develop early literacy skills during story times, and parents participate in programs that teach them how to help their children learn. Lifelong or leisure learning goals are also fulfilled with other library programming, such as the Great Decisions foreign policy programs, arts-and-crafts classes, musical performances, summer reading programs, and many more.  

The library’s mission is to promote literacy, inspire a lifelong love of learning, and support the art, science, and literary needs of our community. These goals fall directly in line with the goals of the Mammen Family Foundation. With the funds received, the library will continue to fulfill its mission by enhancing lifelong learning and educational programs for many, many years to come.

The name change comes on the heels of the building expansion construction, which began in May 2018. As the Library District Trustees look toward the future, a change in branding was welcomed as part of the masterplan to serve the community for many years to come.  

Library programming this July includes a Book and Author program featuring Andrew Carroll on July 7; a Blood Drive with South Texas Blood and Tissue Center on July 14; and Shark Week for Teens: learn more about sharks and sharks along the Texas coast and then make your own shark craft July 23-28. Please check the library’s online calendar or call (830) 438-4864 to verify program location before attending. The library calendar can be accessed at