Northeast Tarrant

Colleyville Library celebrates a decade

From top to bottom, shelf to shelf, the Colleyville Pubic Library is a busy place.

On the second floor, nursery rhymes can be heard from the Tiny Treasures story time, where small children learn and play. Two doors down women are gathering for the Books ‘n’ Brunch club, with coffee, stacks of novels and plenty of chatter.

Downstairs the scene is more quiet as librarians help visitors find their favorite book. A handful of men sit in a corner, reading newspapers and working on laptops.

It’s a scene that is played out daily as the library celebrates its 10th anniversary.

In the colorful children’s room Hurst resident Gillian Parsons reads Peek-A-Baby to 13-month-old Emma, who asks to have it read three more times.

“She loves it,” Gillian Parsons said of her daughter. “I like it because it’s a routine.”

In another room, Colleyville resident Carol Harvey stops chatting with her book club members to talk about why she loves the library.

“I feel like everyone here is my friend,” she said.

Library Director Mary Rodne said fostering a spirit of community is one of the library’s purpose.

“There are residents here that that's where they've met their friends,” she said. “They moved into this area and went to the story times.”

Rodne was the first person the city hired to bring Colleyville’s library to life, which opened Nov. 24, 2003.

“The residents here have wanted a library so long and were so excited when they got their first library,” she said.

Marie Edgington, youth services assistant, leads the story times for young children and said it’s important to meet the needs of both youth and their parents.

“Every parent wants their child to be able to read a book,” she said.

Colleyville resident Carmen Bost brings her four children — ages 14 months, 3-year-old twins and a 6 year old — regularly to the library.

“It’s just so interactive,” she said.

In the children’s story time room, 3-year-old Hagen Bost stops playing with a giant teddy bear to say that the library is her favorite place to go.

“Yeah, cause we go to story time,” she said.

Rodne said she hopes the library can continue its mission for another 10 years and beyond.

“We really want to keep focusing on being a place where people can connect,” she said. “We're here to serve the community that's our main function.”