Summer reading programs are underway at the Cedar Park Library. The popular library has become the go-to hotspot for Cedar Park residents featuring summer reading, kids chess, knitting classes, veteran's activities and reading and music programs for infants, toddlers and kindergarteners.
The library, located at 550 Discovery Blvd., also offers a wide range of educational and instructional activities in addition to its traditional literary and research programs.
"We try to be a place where people can come to find what they need to make their lives better," said Library Director Julia Mitschke.
The 25,000-square-foot library, which was built in 1999 and then expanded in 2001, is a Cedar Park success story. More than 380,000 patrons a year use the library, regularly filling a community room that holds 180 people for any one of several youth programs.
Mitschke, a working mother of two children, said the youth programs, especially those for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers are among the most popular services the library offers to the community.
"We have Lapsit Storytime for infants up to 18 months, Toddler Storytime for 18 months to three years and Pre-School Storytime for ages four to five where the kids can read and sing," Mitschke said. "These programs fill up and are very popular."
Currently, the Library is beginning its summer reading program this week. "I would encourage readers to participate in this fun summer program. You can track your reading and earn prizes," Mitschke said.
"Our whole goal is to help people transform their lives for the better, to make their lives what they want them to be," said Mitschke, who has been with the library for 10 years and has been the director for the past two years. "We want to help the community."