The Lindale Library was formed in 1992 by a group of Lindale area citizens. A local church loaned a 2000 sq. ft. building. Volunteers collected books, built shelves, painted walls, laid carpet and opened Lindales first library in 1993. It quickly became apparent that we were outgrowing the 2000 sq. ft. area and a building fund was started. The North East Texas Library System advised that we build for the future. Challenge grants were met, and after many years of fundraisers, local donations, foundation support and much work by volunteers, we now have a library that the community can be proud of for years to come. We moved into our beautiful new 10,000 sq. ft. building in July 2002, debt free, and thanks to the generous support of our community, the surrounding areas and foundation grants. Since that time we have grown over 300% in all areas: patron visits, circulation, cards issued, children and adult programs, Internet users and Internet hours. We issue over 100 new library cards each month.The library now employs a Library Director, an assistant part-time director, two senior citizens and two part-time student/interns. We are now open 38 hours per week with the help of many volunteers. The Lindale Library was nominated for the Best Small Rural Library in American in 2004. Recently Northeast Texas Library System nominated the Lindale Library to the Gates Foundation to attend a conference before the Public Library Association conference in Boston that is focused on technology in the rural Library. Only 3 were selected in the state of Texas, and the Lindale Library was the first. Northeast Texas Library System told Gates Foundation they knew the perfect fit and then called us to ask us to apply. Our technology is apparently well respected at Northeast Texas Library System.