Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Quitman Library Connections by Delene Allen


April 26, 2017 Wood County Monitor – Quitman TX     

    The Quitman Public Library appreciates businesses in our community who offer their time and services in support of their local library. Special thanks to Quitman Garden Club for maintaining the library’s patio areas, Hog Computer for keeping our computers up to speed, McCluney Pest Control for keeping the library pest free, SuddenLink for providing television cable service for the Thurman Shamburger Community Room, Ray Roberts Service of Quitman for providing routine inspections of the library’s heat and cooling system, and Peoples Wireless for providing funding for this year’s Story Time program and crafts.
  The 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam at the Quitman Public Library is Friday, May 12, 2017.   Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to join in from 6 – 9 p.m. in the library’s community room. There will be an open mic set-up for those who wish to perform. Listeners are always welcome.
  Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Keep up with current events on at www.facebook.com/quitmanpubliclibrary and on our website at www.quitmanlibrary.org.

Adult Services
  GED preparatory classes meet each Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. to help you prepare for the test. 
The class is taught by certified instructor, Susan Resnik. 
  Instructors Rebekah Yeager and Virginia Hoffpauir invite students of all ages and skill levels to bring their own supplies and join the group for free knitting and crochet instruction each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery.

Advisory Board
  The library advisory board will meet on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 1 p.m. Among the items on the agenda will be a library policy update. Board members are: Barbara Coleman, Theresa Dunn, Sandra Evans, Dorothy Harbin, Wayne McCluney, Ulna McWhorter, Diane Moseley, and Bob Phipps. The public is welcome to attend this meeting.

Children’s Services
  Story Time will not meet on Thursday, April 27th, but will meet again on May 4, 2017 at 2 p.m. with “Let’s Go to Mexico!” We will read stories about Mexico and learn about maps and travel.
  Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students, but anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome. Special thanks to Peoples Telephone – Quitman TX for sponsoring this year’s crafts and activities.

Friends of the Library
  Friends of the Quitman Public Library meet Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at noon for a Pot Luck Lunch. Spend your lunch hour among Friends – an active group of men and women dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.

Genealogy
  The Wood County TX Genealogical Society meets at the library on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 7 p.m. An early workshop begins at 6 p.m. Visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/woocotx.

On Display
  In the lobby showcase, the Quitman Garden Club has displayed a beautiful collection to celebrate gardening in Texas. The club invites anyone interested in gardening to join them at their next meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2013 from 2 – 4 p.m.

New Arrivals

  The latest books, audiobooks and movies that have been added to our collection can always be found by visiting our online catalog at http://quitman.biblionix.com/catalog. Also, download the OverDrive® app to connect to our library’s vast collection of eBooks, audiobooks and streaming videos for your electronic devices.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

QPL Connections by Delene Allen

April 12, 2017 Wood County Monitor – Quitman TX     
   Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, and the Quitman Public Library is highlighting this event with a display near the front check-out area. Because poetic fragments have been found on monoliths and rune stones, historians believe that poetry originated from people reciting or singing as a way to remember things – like we still do to this day!  
  The 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam at the Quitman Public Library is Friday, April 14, 2017.   Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to join in from 6 - 9 p.m. in the library’s community room. There will be an open mic set-up for those who wish to perform. Listeners are always welcome.
  What you may not know about the Quitman Public Library: TexShare Databases are licensed e-resources that are available 24/7 for Texas library patrons. Within the TexShare database, you can find the most up-to-date online resources for homework help, health or business information, academic journals, popular magazines, genealogy, or job and career development. Call, stop by or visit our website at www.quitmanlibrary.org to log on and search.
  Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Keep up with current events on at www.facebook.com/quitmanpubliclibrary.

Adult Services
  GED preparatory classes meet each Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. to help you prepare for the test. 
The class is taught by certified instructor, Susan Resnik. 
  Instructors Rebekah Yeager and Virginia Hoffpauir invite students of all ages and skill levels to bring their own supplies and join the group for free knitting and crochet instruction each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery.

Children’s Services
  On Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m., Story Time is “All About Loving Your Library” to celebrate National Library Week.  Upcoming Story Time calendar: April 20 “All About Rainy Days” and we will play board games; April 27 “All About Being Money Smart” and we will play money games.
  Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students, but anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome. Special thanks to Peoples Telephone – Quitman TX for sponsoring this year’s crafts and activities.

Friends of the Library
  Friends of the Quitman Public Library meet Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at noon for a Pot Luck Lunch. Spend your lunch hour among Friends – an active group of men and women dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.

Genealogy
  The Wood County TX Genealogical Society meets at the library on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 7 p.m. An early workshop begins at 6 p.m. Visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/woocotx.

On Display
  In the lobby showcase, Beverly Chamberlain has displayed a beautiful collection to celebrate gardening in Texas.

New Arrivals

  The latest books, audiobooks and movies that have been added to our collection can always be found by visiting our online catalog at http://quitman.biblionix.com/catalog. Also, download the OverDrive® app to connect to our library’s vast collection of eBooks, audiobooks and streaming videos for your electronic devices.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Quitman Library Connections by Delene Allen

March 29, 2017 Wood County Monitor – Quitman TX       

   Across the country, gardeners will celebrate April as National Gardening Month!  On display this month is a collection of books -- ranging from novice to expert -- to help you grow your best garden ever!  Many of the books were selected by the Quitman Garden Club and purchased with funds donated by club members. Stop in and check the display.   
  The 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam at the Quitman Public Library is Friday, April 14, 2017.   Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to join in from 6 - 9 p.m. in the library’s community room. There will be an open mic set-up for those who wish to perform. Listeners are always welcome.
   What you may not know about the Quitman Public Library:  You can visit the library’s online catalog at http://quitman.biblionix.com/catalog and select “What’s Hot” to see all the latest books, audiobooks, and DVDs ready to be checked out. You can even select “Most Popular” to see what items are checked out the most! While you’re there, sign up for email or text notifications to remind you when your books are due.
   Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Keep up with current events on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/quitmanpubliclibrary.

Adult Services
  GED preparatory classes meet each Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. to help you prepare for the test. 
The class is taught by certified instructor, Susan Resnik. 
  Instructors Rebekah Yeager and Virginia Hoffpauir invite students of all ages and skill levels to bring their own supplies and join the group for free knitting and crochet instruction each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery. If you have a pattern to share, please bring it. 

Children’s Services
  On Thursday, March 30 at 2 p.m., Story Time is “All About Service Dogs,” and we will be reading books to service dogs from K-9 Comforters. Upcoming Story Time calendar: April 6 – meet at Gov. Jim Hogg City Park because it’s “All About Playing!” We will play Red Rover, Red light – Green light and Freeze Tag. Also we will be making bird feeders with bird seed and peanut butter. If you have a peanut allergy, soy nut butter will be available. April 13 – “All About Loving Your Library” to celebrate National Library Week!
  Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students, but anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome. Special thanks to Peoples Telephone – Quitman TX for sponsoring this year’s crafts and activities.

Friends of the Library
  Friends of the Quitman Public Library meet Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at noon in the Shamburger Community Room. The Friends invite everyone to join them for an hour of friendship. The short meeting will include a “5-Minute No Spoiler Book Review,” a short presentation of “What You May Not Know about Me” from one of the members. Special guest will be card mechanic, Earl O’Neal, who will April Fool us with slight-of-hand card tricks.
  Also, it’s Pot Luck in May! Spend your lunch hour among Friends on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at noon in the Shamburger Community Room.
  Friends is an active group of men and women dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.

Genealogy
  The Wood County TX Genealogical Society will meet at the library on Monday, April 17, 2017, at 7 p.m. An early workshop begins at 6 p.m. Visit http://www.facebook.com/groups/woocotx.

New Arrivals
  The latest books, audiobooks and movies that have been added to our collection can always be found by visiting our online catalog at http://quitman.biblionix.com/catalog. Also, download the OverDrive® app to connect to our library’s vast collection of eBooks, audiobooks and streaming videos for your electronic devices.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY COOK BOOK SALE!!



  Friends of the Quitman Public Library Cook Book Sale is today and tomorrow (March 16 - 17) from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
  Books are charged by the stack at $2 per inch or buy a 1-foot stack for $20! Not a bad deal :) 
  Come early for the best picks! Quitman Public Library is located at 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What Can Obituary Records Tell a Genealogy Researcher?

Delene Allen, Director
Quitman Public Library
March 14, 2017

  Obituaries have the unique power to both tell a story and enable individuals to learn more about their family relationships. A well-written obituary contains a wealth of information including facts and details that help capture the legacy of people who have passed on. Facts that memorialize the lives of ancestors will usually have the following facts:
  • ·         Legal name(s) and nick-names
  • ·         Age, birthdate, birthplace and current residence
  • ·         Death location and death date
  • ·         Education, profession, career
  • ·         Military service and distinctions
  • ·         Names of parents, siblings, spouse, children
  • ·         Personal anecdotes

  The average obituary contains the names of about ten family members of the deceased—parents, spouse, children, and other relatives such as aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and inlaws.
  Some obituaries include much more if you read with a keen eye. For example, the cause of death may not be listed, but memorial donations may be requested for such organizations as the American Heart Association or Susan G. Comen Society which may provide a reasonable indication.
  Another not so obvious clues may hint at hobbies or interests of the deceased when there is a request for memorial donations to a particular library, museum, school, or cause such as the ASPCA. Also, a church affiliation may be presumed by noting where the service is held and who is listed as the officiating minister.
  There are national and international online obituaries that can be found at sites like GenealogyBank, FamilySearch and Newspaper Archive.
  The Wood County TX Genealogical Society has alphabetical volumes of obituaries that have been clipped, pasted and cataloged by volunteers (prior to the digital age), and these volumes are housed at the Quitman Public Library – Quitman TX.  Also, there are reels of microfilm of the Wood County Democrat that contain obituary records from 1914 – 2008 that may be viewed at the Quitman Public Library.

  Stop in soon and join members of the Wood County TX Genealogical Society. Get into family history research!