It's got a new name, but the goal is the same.
Nueces County Commissioners last week announced committee members for the "Buy-A-Book, Launch a Dream" campaign, which was formed to help stock the new county library in Robstown with books.
County Judge Loyd Neal and Precinct 3 Commissioner Betty Jean Longoria will be two of 20 individuals from around the county, ranging from a public information officer of Lyondell Chemical Co. to the owner of a car dealership, who will be responsible for raising funds to stock the new Keach Family Library with new books, audiovisual equipment and computers.
A press conference was also held outside the commissioner's court Sept. 19 to introduce the name of the campaign, which was originally titled simply, "Buy-A-Book." Longoria said the change fits in more with what the county is trying to accomplish.
"We're launching a dream for so many people in the county," Longoria said.
County officials said the goal is to raise $400,000 by December in order to stock the library, which will be added to about $100,000 that has already been budgeted by the county for books. In addition, the city of Robstown has offered to donate at least $20,000 in funds later this year leftover from centennial celebrations. Book donations are also currently being accepted at the current library's location inside the Johnny Calderon Building at 710 E. Main Ave. in Robstown.
The books must be within a 15-year timeframe, meaning they cannot have been published before 1992, county officials said.
"We're not asking people to give books to Robstown," Neal said. "We're asking people to donate books to a county library that happens to be located in Robstown."
District 34 state Rep. Abel Herrero said last week the new library is vital to the growth of not only the city in which it is located, but also the region as well.
"It's not just a Robstown project, it is a Nueces County project," Herrero said. "I view education as a vital resource, a life jacket, if you will."
Neal agreed with Herrero, adding that the library is not a library solely for the city of Robstown.
"I don't want anyone to think this is focused on Robstown," Neal said. "This is a county-wide effort to build a county library in what happens to be the center of the county geographically."
The new 16,000-square-foot library will serve a population of about 36,000 people, county officials said. It is currently scheduled for completion near the end of October.