Friday, July 5, 2013

Quitman Public Library Notes - July 10, 2013

July 10, 2013

Wood County Democrat – Wood County, TX

Library Notes by Delene H. Allen

July is National Anti-boredom month, and what better place to combat boredom than at your local library?  In addition to being a comfortable, quiet place to read and study, the library is brimming with benefits.  The Quitman Public Library carries nearly 30,000 items like these: bestsellers, series books, audio books, reference materials, genealogical resources, biographies, movies, magazines, regional daily and weekly newspapers, trade journals, encyclopedic databases, and much more including access to nearly 27,000 full-text books online in .pdf format.  Patrons also have access to high-speed wireless Internet.  The library’s knowledgeable staff is always ready to connect you with the information you need.
Friday Night Bluegrass Jam Fever is always on the second Friday of the month at the Quitman Public Library.  The next acoustical jam is Friday, July 12, 6 - 9 p.m.  Come early to tune up.  Acoustical musicians of all ages and musical levels are invited to join in, and listeners are always welcome.  Refreshments will be available. For more information, call 903-952-8305.
Everyone who lives, works, attends school or owns property or a business in Wood County is entitled to a free library card at the Quitman Public Library.  Borrowing privileges are available to those who can provide photo identification and proof of residency, taxpayer status, school enrollment, or proof of employment in Wood County.  A guardian must sign for children ages 5-17.  Library hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  Visit our website at and stop by to check out what your library has to offer.
            The library appreciates businesses and individuals 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, and Ray Roberts Service of Quitman for providing routine inspections of the library’s heat and cooling system.
Adult Services
GED classes conclude for the summer on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.  To learn more about GED and ESL classes or to sign up for Fall classes, call the library. 
Knitting and crochet instructor, Virginia Hoffpauir, invites everyone to bring their own supplies and join her group for a fun time of free instruction.  Stop by the library’s main gallery each Thursday, 2 – 4 p.m. 

Young Adult and Children’s Services
Summer Reading Month has ended at the Quitman Public Library! Summer readers got their game on by playing classic board games in the Thurman Shamburger Community Room, learning outdoor games of yesteryear at Gov. Jim Hogg Park, and by playing swimming pool games at Quitman City Pool.  The program ended with popcorn and a movie sponsored by ETMC-Quitman.  Thanks extend to Quitman-Lake Fork Kiwanis, Subway – Quitman, Forever Young Senior Center, Glowing Hearts Ministry Youth – Golden TX, Quitman City Pool Staff, Amelia John, Delbert Herron, Lillian Gray, Sara de la Rosa, Angela de la Rosa, Eugene Allen, Dorothy Harbin, Virginia Hoffpauir, Lou Mallory, Diane Moseley, Teresa Meeks and Gary Simpkins.

Advisory Board
            The Quitman Public Library Advisory Board will meet Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the library’s main gallery.  Among the items on the agenda will be recommendations for policy revision. The public is always welcome to attend advisory board meetings.

Friends of the Library
            The Friends of the Library are accepting donations of books of all types in preparation for the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale scheduled for October 2013.  In addition to books, the Friends will accept movies, magazines, video games, board games and jigsaw puzzles.  Call 903-763-4191 for drop-off information.  Friends of the Library is an active group of volunteers dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.  For more information about joining Friends, call us. 

            During the week of the Old Settler’s Reunion - August 2013, the Wood County Genealogical Society invites visitors to the library’s genealogy department to view family files and records of early settlers of Wood County. We offer Wi-Fi, and you may research online genealogical records using Library Edition, Heritage Quest,, Geni, and digitized images from our database.  Also available is a microfilm reader/printer for viewing the Wood County Democrat (1914-2011).  The library has several copies of Wood County 1850-1900 available for $15.00 each.  Proceeds benefit the Wood County Historical Society.  Please visit the society’s website at for current events.

Memorials and Donations
During the month of June, the Quitman Public Library received the following gift: Carolyn R. and John R. Landers gave a donation in memory of Larry Robertson, former Mayor of Quitman.