Landa Library Reopens After 2017 Renovations

Landa Library Reopens After 2017 Renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

Landa Library has reopened after being closed from June to September 2017 for renovations. The former historic home looks better than ever, and has a few changes inside to make it more welcoming and efficient for library patrons. A ceremony on October 14, 2017 will celebrate the library branch’s 70th anniversary.

South exterior of Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

Northeast exterior of Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

The exterior got a new coat of paint in subtly different colors—a return to the house’s original palette. The renovations also brought a new roof and repaired the doors and windows.

View of lobby at Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

 

Inside, the entrance lobby is more open and has a welcoming sitting area.

Librarian at circulation desk at Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

Beyond the lobby is a public service area. Here, librarians staff the circulation desk, and patrons can pick up their books on hold. (Landa veterans: this space is where the teen section used to be.)

Teen section at Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

The teen section is now in a room at the house’s northeast corner. The tile floor, in a blue wave pattern, is now visible. (Landa veterans: this room is where the children’s section used to be.)

Children's section of Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

The children’s section, and the desk for the children’s librarian, is in a room at the southeast corner. This space is always a hub of activity after school. Whenever we visit, my kids, G.N. and F.T., like to spend a few minutes at the game computer.

The library’s eclectic architectural details look better than ever.

Entrance lobby of Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

Tile on stairs at Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

 

Lantern near stairs of Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

Lobby ceiling at Landa Library after 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

Landa Library has played an important role in my children’s education at many different stages of their lives. When my son. F.T., was a toddler, we would visit the playground and stop inside to pick up a few board books and picture books. F.T. did not want to sit still for story time, but many children enjoy the sights and sounds; you can find story times (including events for babies and toddler) on the library’s events calendar. As a young mom who sometimes felt isolated and deprived of adult conversation, meeting other parents at the library was a highlight of my days.

As F.T. and my daughter, G.N., developed into readers, Landa Library became our go-to place to get fresh books. F.T. likes to browse the nonfiction shelves, especially science and geography. When your child is hooked on a series like Magic Tree House, you can search the library catalog for the next title and have it sent to your local branch to pick up. The library mobile app helps us stay on top of renewals and due dates.

Making a habit of going to the library will benefit your children’s education during their school years and beyond. I hope you connect with your local branch and get to be a regular there, too.

October 14 celebration of Landa Library 2017 renovations | San Antonio Charter Moms

Fans of Landa Library are invited to a ceremony on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the library’s 70th anniversary with music, food, games, and more. The ceremony will recognize the generosity of Harry Landa, who donated the home in 1946 in memory of his late wife, Hannah Mansfield Landa, and these organizations: San Antonio Public LibrarySan Antonio Public Library Foundation, Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, Monte Vista Historical Association, and Landa Gardens Conservancy.

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2 Comments

  1. This library is also a part of my kids’ childhood. We’ve spent many days both inside and out, enjoying the library, the park and playgrounds, the shade, the tranquility. I can’t wait to see these improvements in person!

  2. I’m so happy this is open again. It’s the closest library to our new home and we moved in just as it closed for renovations. I can’t wait to take our kids there! Thanks for sharing, Inga!

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