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McAllen Public Library Gains State, National Exposure Following Interior Design Award

The McAllen Public Library’s conversion from a Wal-Mart and its recognition by the International Interior Design Association as a winner in the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition has drawn state and national coverage.  Here’s a list of media outlets that have published articles or aired interviews about the McAllen Public Library: 


NBC Latino 

L.A. Times Newsfeed 

Toronto Star–how-an-empty-walmart-was-transformed-into-a-library 

International Business Times

Angelo Young


Texas Monthly 

ABC Radio – San Francisco (Monday, July 9, 2012)

Sandra Firpo

KGO 810 News / ABC Radio San Francisco

(415) 216-1300 

Univision – Paty Sesma

National Public Radio – Los Angeles

Jacob Margolis, freelance reporter

Publication TBA 

Daily Texan – publication week of 7/16/12

School Library Journal – publication due in August, print and online

Lauren Barack 

Library Journal – due out September, print and online

“Library by Design” supplement

sarah bayliss []


Library Journal Design Slideshow 

Time Magazine

 The McAllen Public Library is also featured on the cover of an academic book, working title: Walmart and the American Dream, by Christine Labuski and Nick Copeland
Virginia Tech University
Department of Sociology

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