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Posted on: September 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Fine-Free Fiesta at Helen Hall Library on Sept. 24

Bright colored decorations and maracas

Join Helen Hall Library this Saturday, September 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a Fine-Free Fiesta! In conjunction with a celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the event will feature food trucks and live performances by Ballet Folklorico Herencia Mexicana de Houston and Texas City High School’s Sting Band, Mariachi Raya.

Event Details

  • Saturday, September 24
  • 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker Street
  • Food trucks and live performances

The event will also feature the GRAND OPENING of the “Family Place Library!” Helen Hall is the first library in Galveston County to have this designation. A Family Place Library provides enhanced programming and resources for families to encourage literacy and early childhood development. It also includes the addition of a special family literacy corner in the children’s section of the library. Be sure to check it out while you’re enjoying the Fiesta!

Going Fine Free

In May of this year, League City Council voted to make Helen Hall Library a fine-free library. This means the library will no longer charge late fees for overdue materials, a trend that is catching on across the nation. The goal is to encourage patrons to return their materials without any shame, and to visit the library knowing they will have access. The Helen Hall Library checkout policies are now more clear and straightforward. If your checkouts are late, you won’t be fined. If your materials aren’t returned after 30 days, you will be charged for the price of each item, but if you bring back all your late items, your account will be clear!

Family Place Library

Helen Hall Library was awarded a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission earlier this year to help fund the Library’s vision of becoming a Family Place Library. The funding from this grant was used to create the family literacy corner in the children’s section of the library. Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities play a critical role in a young child’s growth and development. The overall goal of Family Place Libraries is to develop and institutionalize a family friendly environment by transforming libraries into community centers for literacy, early childhood development, parent education and engagement, family support, and community information.

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