Friday, October 25, 2013

Library Notes by Delene Allen - Wood County Democrat, Quitman TX

The Quitman Public Library is participating with the Greater Quitman Area Chamber of Commerce on October 31st to present “A Haunting in Hogg Park” from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Activities will be concentrated around the Stinson House, and a schedule of events will be posted near its front gate.  There will be three contests for best costume, loudest scream, and best pre-carved/decorated pumpkin.  Award-winning storyteller, Dru Woods, will share spine-chilling stories around the campfire every half hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Trail of Terror is back this year, for $1 per person.  For those too young for the trail, there will be a fortune teller for tots and a timed Coin-Search-in-the-Haystack booth. Vendor booths will be serving drinks, hot dogs, chips and brownies, along with loads of candy with lots of tricks and treats. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 903-763-4411.  
October is National Popcorn Month, so stop by and check out a movie from the Quitman Public Library.  Our DVD collection is growing, and patrons may check out up to four movies to keep for one week.
Friday Night Bluegrass Jam Fever is always on the second Friday of the month in the library’s community room.  The next acoustical jam is Friday, November 8th, 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, and please visit our website at

Adult Services
Class is in session each Thursday for GED preparation from 10 a.m. – noon and English as a Second Language (ESL) from 4 – 6 p.m. in the library’s conference room.  These classes run concurrently with the Q.I.S.D. holiday schedule.  ESL and GED classes are taught by certified instructor, Sandra Grider. To sign up for either class, just stop by during class hours.
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
Join us for Story Time at the Quitman Public Library, 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX each Friday from 11 a.m. - noon for an hour of story time activities. The program is designed for young readers and home-schooled students, however anyone who wants to hear 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 of the Library invite the public to hear local author, Larry Black, on November 12th at noon in the library’s Shamburger Community Room.  Larry Black will be discussing his latest novel and the writing process from start to finish.  Refreshments will be available, but you are always welcome to bring your lunch and spend your lunch hour among Friends.
Friends of the Library is a lively group of men and women dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.  
             The Wood County Genealogical Society recently celebrated its 30th anniversary and celebrated October 2013 as "Family History Month."  Whether you're new to family history research or have devoted a lifetime to it, the Quitman Public Library has the resources you need.  We offer on-site access to NewspaperArchive, Ancestry, HeritageQuest and AncientFaces at no charge to patrons, and we are a designated LDS FamilySearch center. 
For more information or to make an appointment with a genealogist, contact the library at 903-763-4191 or visit  Also, visit the society’s website at for links to photographs and family histories.

New Arrivals
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, Wyoming Bold by Diana Palmer, Forsaken by B.J. Daniels, Red Sky Blue Moon by Broce Golden, A Search for Purple Cows by Susan Call

Friday, October 4, 2013

This is Quitman Public Library’s third year to partner with A Circle of Ten’s Gateway to Libraries initiative that allows our library the ability to offer adult GED preparatory classes and ESL classes to those in our community. 
I appreciate how the initiative has grown to include children by offering Summer Family Literacy activities for the entire family.   
This program has allowed our library to reach out and better serve those in our community. 
Helping people connect with the information they need to achieve their goals is what our library is all about.
- Delene Allen, Library Director