Lone Star College- Kingwood Library offers much to community
- Written by Anne McIlhany
Right in the middle of the beautiful wooded campus of Lone Star College-Kingwood there is a secret treasure – the school library. Many people are unaware it is available not only for students, but for anyone in the community. There is even a children’s section, and a summer reading program. The LSC-Kingwood Library is part of a consortium along with Harris and Montgomery County Library systems. Anyone who has a card for either of those library systems can also use it at the LSC-Kingwood Library. Peggy Whitley, dean of Educational Services at LSC-Kingwood, says she is enthusiastic about the possibilities. “It triples what we can do for people,” she said. “If someone sees a book they would like in the Harris system, even if it is in the far reaches of it, we can get it for them in just two to three days.” The library also offers approximately 50 different databases for students and patrons to use. “All of our databases can be accessed right from home with your card,” said Whitley. One unique aspect of this library is Second Life, an online, 3D virtual world where users create an avatar and can use it to explore all over the world. “We are the only library at this time that has this,” said Whitley. “We are really having a good time doing this.” Recent journeys via Second Life include NASA, the world of Jazz, World War II and Holocaust History. In addition to the vast amount of borrowing materials, databases, and virtual journeys, the library offers seminars and tutoring on a regular basis. Topics range from how to search the internet, how to use the databases and general studying tips, to name a few. A computer lab is available during regular library hours providing Internet access and Microsoft software programs. Another valuable resource offered by the library is the online collection of Research Assignment Guides. Prepared and created by the librarians, these guides include a tremendous amount of information on several different subjects. Some of the categories include the arts and humanities, business and government, history, geography, literature, health, medicine and science among others. According to Librarian Becky Bradley, the library is a place where students and patrons can find help any time. The librarians are helpful, knowledgeable, and always available to help. “Every hour that the library is open, there will be a reference librarian available,” said Bradley. “This is not a ‘shushing’ library,” said Librarian Hope Beggan. “Students are encouraged to collaborate, work and talk.” Librarian Jimmi Rushing agrees. “The first thing I noticed when I came here was the noise level – it isn’t absolutely silent,” she said. “It is quiet in the back, but overall the noise level seems self-regulated.” Whitley believes everyone should come find out what the LSC-Kingwood Library can offers. “I think the big reason people should come is that above all, our librarians are so helpful. They really understand the information,” she said. “And it’s just a friendly place; it’s a comfortable place.” The LSC-Kingwood Library is located in the center of the Lone Star College-Kingwood campus, at 20000 Kingwood Drive. For more information, or to chat with a librarian through the library’s Web site, visit kclibrary.lonestar.edu. Library cards are available on line or apply in person at the library. Montgomery County Public Library and Harris County Public Library cards are also accepted. Library hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The library is closed Sundays. LSC Kingwood Librarians Jimmi Rushing, from left, Becky Bradley and Hope Beggan in front of one of their many ongoing projects.