Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Gift from Center Point

     We got a surprise donation of new books from Center Point Large Print books.  Publisher, Paul Garelli, says, "[The books are] our gift to your library.  We're doing a little housekeeping in our warehouse making room for new releases.  We hope your readers will enjoy them!"
     We will, Paul!  On behalf of the Quitman Public Library and the community it serves, we say THANK YOU!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

2nd Friday Night Bluegrass Acoustical Jam

2nd Friday Night Bluegrass Acoustical Jam

at the

Quitman Public Library

6 - 9 p.m.

all ages and skill levels welcome; listeners welcome, too!

Doors open at 5 p.m. if you want to tune up!
  Refreshments courtesy of Quitman Public Library. Donations accepted.

For more information, call Eugene at 903-975-5745 or 903-952-8305 and listen to 99.9 KMOO!

Delene H. Allen, Director
Qutiman Public Library

Friday, September 6, 2013

Library Notes by Delene Allen - Wood County Democrat – Wood County, TX - September 11, 2013

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month to remind people that one of the most important learning tools is a library card.  Patron cards are available for those residents who can provide proof of residence in Wood County and photo identification.  A guardian must sign for children ages 5-17. 
This month also marks the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attack, and the library is honoring this tragic event with a media display near the check-out area.
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, September 13, 6 - 9 p.m.  Come early to tune up.  Acoustic 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.
            Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Call 903-763-4191 for more information or visit our website at Stop by soon and check out what your library has to offer.

Adult Services
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes will resume Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and will run concurrently with the Q.I.S.D. holiday schedule.  ESL and GED classes are taught by Sandra Grider, Certified Instructor.
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. to join the session. All levels welcome. 

Young Adult and Children’s Services
Story Time is back! Join us at the Quitman Public Library, 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX each Friday from 11a.m - noon for an hour of story time activities. The program is designed for young readers and home-school students, however anyone who wants to hear is a great story is welcome. Elizabeth Soutendijk, who works with Gateway to Libraries - Reading Literacy, has designed a wonderful thematic program that teaches as well as entertains. For more information, call 903-763-BOOK

Friends of the Library
            The Friends are accepting donations of books of all types in preparation for the Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale scheduled for October.  In addition to books, the Friends will accept movies, magazines, video games, board games and jigsaw puzzles.  Call the library for drop-off information.
Friends of the Library is an active group of men and women dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.  The Friends invite the public to join them each 2nd Tuesday of the month at noon in the Shamburger Community Room. 
            Officers for the 2013-14 year are Teresa Meeks - President; Tony Ragsdale - Vice President and Program Chairman, Diane Moseley – Secretary, Melba Hargrave - Hospitality Chairperson, and Annette Wilbourn - Treasurer.
             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, Heritage Quest,, Geni, and the library’s database of digitized images.  Also available is a microfilm reader/printer for viewing the Wood County Democrat (1914-2011). 
Please visit the society’s website at for more information including current events.

New Arrivals
Large Print arrivals: War Relic by Mackey Murdock, Bad man’s Range by Jackson Cole, The Red Raider by William Colt MacDonald, Redemption: Hunters by James Reasoner, Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter by William W. with J.A. Johnstone

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Quitman Public Library News - Sept 2013

September 2013
Quitman Public Library News

Welcome back Friends of the Library for another great year! This fall marks my 11th year as Director of the Quitman Public Library, and I am still as excited as I was my first day on the job. 
A lot has happened since our last meeting on May 14, 2013, so I will give a few highlights to get you up to date:

May 2013

·         The library “adopted” the City of Quitman from the Texas State Historical Association
June 2013

·         Wood Co. Electric donates oak showcase unit; now our “Sissy Spacek” display

·         Subway regional office donated 25 children’s meals for Summer Reading

·         Friends of the Library volunteers helped with “Board Game Day @ the Library”

·         The Blind Place installs energy-efficient shades in library’s main gallery

·         Summer Family Literacy begins sponsored by grant from Gateway to Libraries

·         Forever Young volunteers sponsor “Outdoor Games of Yesteryear @ Hogg Park

·         Quitman Public Library is Sweet Expression’s “Business of the Week”

·         Quitman – Lake Fork Kiwanis give 50 swim passes for “Swimming @ City Park”

·         ETMC sponsors popcorn for “Movie Day @ the Library”

July 2013

·         Director submitted completed grant application for USDA – RUS grant requesting $68K to create a Distance Learning Lab at our library that would serve our rural community providing classroom space and serving as a testing center for regional colleges and universities.

August 2013

·         Tocker Foundation awarded $4000 in books from Texas A&M University Press

Here are a few more tidbits:
Elizabeth Soutendijk, who worked with our Summer Literacy program, will be leading Story Time each Friday from 11 a.m. – noon.
            The Quitman Public Library Advisory Board will meet Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.  Friends of the Library members are always welcome to join these bi-monthly meetings.
GED classes are in session each Wednesday from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and English as a Second Language (ESL) meet on Thursdays from from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The classes are taught by Sandra Grider. 
Knitting instruction is offered by Virginia Hoffpauir in the library’s main gallery each Thursday, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Bring your own supplies and join the group for a fun time of free instruction.  Light refreshments and finger foods welcome.
            The crowd is really growing at the Acoustical Bluegrass Jam which is held here at the Quitman Public Library on the 2nd Friday of each month 5-9p.m. The public is invited to join in and play, sing, or just listen.  It’s free and lots of fun!  Next one is Friday, September 13, 2013!
There are so many new things and services offered by our library, and we want to share our excitement with the community. As always, I thank the Friends of the Library for its generous support of the Quitman Public Library.
Delene Allen, Library Director