Conversations about Leander library policies to continue

The city of Leander is reviewing its library's policies and procedures.

The city of Leander is reviewing its library's policies and procedures.

Conversations about Leander Public Library policies and procedures are to continue.

Leander City Council discussed updating its library policies during a July 18 meeting but voted 5-1 to take no action. Council Member Christine Sederquist voted against taking no action. Council Member Michelle Stephenson was absent. The meeting went past midnight before the decision was made. 

Policy changes surrounding programming and meeting room use are being discussed in the wake of a Drag Queen Story Hour event that sparked conversations on what types of events should be permitted at the library. Since June 1, the city has halted accepting new rental applications for library meeting spaces while the city is completing a review of its rental policies, procedures and activity programming, according to a statement on the city’s website. 

Sederquist said she voted against taking no action because she feels a decision on policies needs to be made now, since library room rentals have been put on hold for a while already.

“We have not been transparent on this issue,” Sederquist said. “We are putting our residents at a disadvantage by not allowing the room rentals.”

Proposed policy changes have been amended by city staff since the city originally posted the proposed policy in its agenda packet on the city website. Council Member Kathryn Pantalion-Parker said she thinks this is an important issue and did not want to make a decision until it is clear what the council is voting on.

“It’s been very hard for me to follow, and I’m not comfortable making a vote until I see what we’re voting on finished, in my hands,” Pantalion-Parker said. 

Around seven community members spoke during the meeting, sharing their thoughts on what the library should be used for.

City council has received letters from the American Civil Liberties Union and Texas Library Association opposing some proposed policies. 

City spokesperson Mike Neu said city staff is interested in bringing more policies back to council to consider. A date has not yet been set.
By Marisa Charpentier

Reporter, Cedar Park | Leander

Marisa Charpentier joined Community Impact in September 2018. After working as an intern, she became a reporter for the Cedar Park | Leander edition in October 2018. Charpentier graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in journalism and Plan II Honors.



MOST RECENT

See how COVID-19 continues to impact Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County surpasses 300 total COVID-19 deaths

The county also reported more than 400 new cases.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has named a new executive director. (Courtesy Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority)
James Bass named executive director of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority

Bass, the former executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, replaces Mike Heiligenstein, who stepped aside Jan. 24.

Previous headliners included Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours, Aaron Watson and Mark Chestnutt, among others. (Courtesy KOKEFest)
KOKEFest releases dates in Hutto; Marisol's Mexican Grill taking orders in Georgetown and more area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Williamson County will add two new justice courts over the next two years. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County looks to add two new justice courts

The county will request state legislative approval to add a new district court and a new county court of law, officials said.

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Williamson County. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County nears 30,000 total confirmed COVID-19 cases

Here are the latest coronavirus case count updates in Williamson County.

people
Perky Beans Coffee brings drinks, growing food menu to north Leander

The coffee shop is adding more sandwich and food options to its menu to meet its customers’ demand.

Construction at Q2 Stadium is on schedule to be completed by late March or early April. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin FC will play at newly named Q2 Stadium starting this summer

Austin FC announced the naming partnership with Austin-based tech company Q2 Holdings Inc. at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 25.

cookies
Eileen's Colossal Cookies to close in February plus more Cedar Park business news

The Cedar Park location announced it will close its doors in February.

Here is what you need to know today about the coronavirus in Williamson County. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County adds 294 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths Jan. 22

Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Williamson County.

Hays County opened its COVID-19 vaccine portal Jan. 22. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Vaccine portal opens in Hays County; read Austin business news and more Central Texas info

Read the latest business and community news from Central Texas.