Citizens choosing Brownsville Library branch over another


More foot traffic seen in Brownsville Main Library. (Source:  CBS 4 Photo)

With Advanced Placement exams just around the corner, studying is on top of the list for high school seniors like Jillian Garza.

She says many of her classmates live in the Southmost area and they prefer to take a 15-minute drive or hour bus ride to the Main Library Branch in Central Boulevard.

“We’ve studied here at the Southmost library twice. Compared to the central library, we’ll be there all the way to the closing time,” Garza said.

“The differences are huge. There’s huge computer labs, the kids’ section is just amazing, it’s really nice. The resources are just way up-to-date than they are here.”

It’s an issue local resident and retired Brownsville ISD Assistant Superintendent Rachel Ayala addressed to Brownsville city commissioners Tuesday evening pushing for changes at the facility.

“This place is depressing, it’s not adequate for the children in this area and I get sick and tired that the Southmost area doesn’t come to the library because the only thing they want to check out is the movies,” Ayala explained.

Brownsville City Commissioner Nurith Galonsky says it’s an issue that has come to her attention that she hopes to change.

“It’s significantly different from the central library and it probably gets much fewer resources than the central branch. I’m glad to have helpers to help advocate and we should dedicate the same time and attention and resources mainly to this program,” Galonsky said.

Resources that can turn to reality simply starting by making more visits to the library branch. Commissioner Galonsky says the possibility of this library closing is not likely.

She wants the public to voice the types of resources they’d like to see at the library in order to get the funding and help to implement them at the facility.

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