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!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Quitman Library Connections by Delene Allen

Quitman Library Connections by Delene Allen
March 1, 2017 Wood County Monitor – Quitman TX         

   Now is the time to get your garden in shape for spring and summer blooms, and the Quitman Public Library has information you need to get ready. Near the front desk is a seasonal display of books, selected by the Quitman Garden Club, with tips for planting, gardening, food preservation and processing. The Quitman Garden Club invites interested gardeners to join members at the library on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. Also, special thanks go to Beverly Chamberlain for donating a 2-year subscription to Birds & Blooms.
  The 2nd Friday Acoustical Music Jam at the Quitman Public Library is Friday, March 10, 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. 
  Mark your calendar for the Friends of the Library Spring Cookbook Sale scheduled for March 16 – 17, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. If you want a preview, stop by and help the Friends set up at 8 a.m. on March 16.
  The Quitman Public Library will not host the AARP Tax Assistance program this year. To locate the nearest free AARP preparation site, call 1-888-227-7669. Public computers are available at the library for filing online during regular business hours, and Wi-Fi is available 24/7.
  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
  During March, the General Educational Development (GED) preparatory class will only meet on March 2 and March 23. Due to Spring Break, class will not meet on March 9 and March 16 due to Spring Break. Class time is 4 – 6 p.m. and is taught by certified instructor, Susan Resnik. 
  Knitting and crochet instruction class will continue through Spring Break. Instructor, Virginia Hoffpauir, welcomes all ages and skill levels each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery.

Children’s Services
  The Story Time Gang meets each Thursday at 2 p.m. Lillian Gray plans an educational hour filled with stories, crafts and plenty of fun. Upcoming themes are: March 2 “All About Line Dancing!” – March 9 “All About Ezra Jack Keats,” and we will make comic book place mats. There will be no Story Time on March 16 due to Spring Break.
  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 crafts and activities.

Friends of the Library
  Friends of the Quitman Public Library meet Tuesday, March 14, 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 “5-Minute No Spoiler Book Review,” a short presentation of “What You May Not Know about Me” from one of the members, and musical entertainment provided by Mike Gilmore who will play the bagpipe in full regalia in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
  Friends is an active group of men and women dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.

Advisory Board
            The Quitman Public Library Advisory Board will meet Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Shamburger Community Room. Among the items on the agenda will be updating library policy.  The public is always welcome to attend advisory board meetings.

Genealogy
  The Wood County TX Genealogical Society will meet at the library on Monday, March 20, 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.

Monday, February 27, 2017

  Get your boots ready! Story Time is All About -- Line Dancing! on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library, 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX.
  Join us for an educational hour filled with stories, crafts and plenty of fun as Ms. Charlene shows the kids (and parents) how to line dance!
  Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students; however anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome. For more information, call 903-763-BOOK (2665).

Story Time - All About Line Dancing!

  Get your boots ready!  Story Time is All About -- Line Dancing! on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library, 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX. 
  Join us for an educational hour filled with stories, crafts and plenty of fun as Ms. Charlene shows the kids (and parents) how to line dance!
  Story Time is designed for young readers and home-schooled students; however anyone who wants to hear a great story is welcome. For more information, call 903-763-BOOK (2665).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quitman Library Connections by Delene Allen

February 15, 2017 Wood County Monitor – Quitman TX  

  The library is highlighting February as National Black History Month with a media display near the check-out area.  One book, Black Texans by Marion Barnes, celebrates such notable persons as Bessie Coleman who was born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892.  Bessie received her pilot license in 1921, two years before Amelia Earhart. By 1923, she had purchased her first airplane and performed her first air show in Houston, Texas.
  There will be no free Federal Income Tax assistance at the Quitman Public Library this tax season. Call the AARP help line at 1-888-227-7669 to find the nearest free tax preparation site. Public computers are available at the library for filing online during regular business hours, and Wi-Fi is available 24/7.
  What you may not know about the Quitman Public Library: In 2006, the Quitman Garden Club began its Beautification Landscaping Project for the library’s east and west patios. Members and volunteers have spent countless hours creating and maintaining the beautiful gardens for the enjoyment of our library and community served. Most of the trees, plants and flowers in the gardens are native to this region. The Quitman Garden Club meets at the library on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
    Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Call 903-763-4191 or visit our website at www.quitmanlibrary.org. Keep up with current events on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/quitmanpubliclibrary.

Adult Services
  The General Educational Development (GED) preparatory class meets at the Quitman Public Library each Thursday from 4 – 6 p.m. and is taught by certified instructor, Susan Resnik. 
  Knitting and crochet instruction class, taught by Virginia Hoffpauir, meets each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Some of the projects involve special causes like caps and blankets for babies, and you can help make a difference.

Children’s Services
  The Story Time Gang meets each Thursday at 2 p.m.  Lillian Gray plans an educational hour filled with stories, crafts and plenty of fun. Upcoming themes are: Feb 16 “All About Bessie Coleman” – Feb 23 “All About the Poetry of Langston Hughes.”
  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 funding and sponsorship of crafts and activities.

Friends of the Library
  Friends of the Quitman Public Library meet Tuesday, March 14, 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 “5-Minute No Spoiler Book Review,” of Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, a short presentation of “What You May Not Know about Me” from one of the members, and musical entertainment provided by Mike Gilmore who will play the bagpipe in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. 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, March 20, 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 vi