The history of the Terrazas Branch spans over 40 years. It began back in 1961 with the opening of the Pan-American Station in a small room within the Pan-American Recreation Center on E. Third Street. Then in 1969, having well outgrown its space at the Center, the branch was moved to a 2,000 square foot storefront facility at the corner of Canadian and E. First streets, and was renamed the Canadian Street Branch. Seven years later, the branch moved to its own, 5,400 square foot building on E. César Chávez Street. This iteration was named Terrazas in honor of Henry S. Terrazas, a young Marine from East Austin who died in 1966 while fighting a forest fire.
The Terrazas Branch features two pieces from the Austin Art in Public Places collection: El futuro es una página en blanco. ¿Qué escribirás en ella? (The future is a blank page. What will you write on it?) by Connie Arismendi, an aluminum bas-reliefs sculpture and Rayo de Esperanza/A Beacon of Hope: A Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Sculpture by Laura Garanzuay and Connie Arismendi, both found outside of the branch.
What you will find at the Terrazas Branch:
- a meeting room
- a New Immigrant Center with computers and materials for to learn English and study for the US citizenship exam
- three Spanish speaking staff members
- outstanding collections of graphic novels for youth and adults
- a Teen Center Computer lab and regular programs for youth
- a large collection of books and audio-visual materials in Spanish for children and adults
- a large collection of DVDs for adults including classic films, cult favorites and recent releases