Sunday, February 23, 2014

Library Notes by Delene Allen

Federal Income Tax assistance will not be available this year at the Quitman Public Library due to a shortage of AARP volunteers in Wood County. The nearest locations and times for assistance are the Lindale Public Library, each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Wesley United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs, each Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Media displays throughout the library for February will highlight President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, National Heart Month, and Black History Month. Stop by soon and 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.
Regular library hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information, please call 903-763-4191 and visit our website at

Adult Services
Family Bilingual Literacy Sessions are available each Thursday from 1 – 3 p.m. and are taught by Gateway to Libraries Instructor, Owen Neace. The focus is to teach parents to read to their children in a manner to insure that children understand what is being read to them.
GED preparatory classes are available at the library from 10 – noon each Thursday to help you prepare for the GED test. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are also offered on Thursdays 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.
Knitting and crochet instructor, Virginia Hoffpauir, invites students of all ages and skill levels to bring their own supplies and join the group for free knitting and crochet instruction. If you have a pattern to share, please bring it. The class meets each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery.
To sign up for any of these free opportunities, just stop by during class hours or call 903-763-4191.

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. Elizabeth Soutendijk, who works with Gateway to Libraries - Reading Literacy, and her assistant, Jessica King, have designed a wonderful thematic program that teaches as well as entertains. The program 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).

The Wood County TX Genealogical Society will meet Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Shamburger Community Room. For more information or to make an appointment with a genealogist from the Wood County TX Genealogical Society, contact the library at 903-763-4191 or visit the society’s website at for links to photographs and family histories. For those who wish to browse the library’s collection of Wood County Democrat newspapers dating from 1917, has a microfilm reader/printer to help with your research.

New Arrivals
The complete Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz, The Knight Marshal by Karen L. Azinger, Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range by Spur Award-winning author, Rod Miller.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

2nd Friday Bluegrass Jam - February 14, 2014

2nd Friday Night Acoustical Music Jam which will be Friday, February 14, 2014
at the Quitman Public Library, 202 East Goode Street, Quitman (2nd block east of the Wood Co. Courthouse)
6 -- 9 p.m. but you can come early as you like to tune up and practice in groups (some folks show up at 4 p.m.)

All ages and skill levels welcome. Acoustical instruments only. Listeners are always welcome, too!

Call 903-952-8305 if you need more information.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February 2014 FOL Newsletter

February 2014 - Quitman Public Library News

Spend your lunch hour with the Friends of the Quitman Public Library at noon on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Special guest will be Linda Kunze, Educational Curator with the Tyler Caldwell Zoo. There will be light refreshments, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch.
Mark your calendars for May 13th! Cheryl Rogers-Barnett will be visiting our library on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from noon until 3 p.m.  Cheryl is the adopted daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and she will present a 1-hour program about her life that includes a short film and a Q&A session. She is the author of two books: Cowboy Princess and The All-American Cowboy Grill.  Cheryl and her husband, Larry Barnett, are co-founders of Happy Trails Forever™ - Preserving the Legacy of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. To learn more, please visit these links at and

Castro Roofing has completed our roof and Ray Robert’s Service has installed all of our new HVAC units. The roof was over 20 years old, and some of the units were original to the building, so a change was in order. We can already tell the difference in efficiency.
For the next few months, you will see a new face around the library on Thursdays.  Owen Neace is a bilingual instructor from Yantis, with a degree from the University of Missouri, and he will be working with the Gateway to Libraries project that provides Bilingual Family Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes here at the Quitman Public Library.
So many patrons have stopped by or called to get online with OverDrive® -- our newest way to offer you the latest eBooks! If you have a library card you can check out up to 5 of the newest eBooks for 1 or 2 weeks to read on your computer, download to your smart phone, and download to your reading device such as the Nook® or Kindle®. We still need libraries, but I have to admit that this is pretty cool!


  • 2nd Friday Acoustical Bluegrass Jam on Friday, February 14th 6-9p.m. 
  • Thursday GED classes meet from 10 – noon, Family Literacy 1 – 3 p.m., and English as a Second Language (ESL) meet from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Both classes are taught by Sandra Grider; volunteers welcome.  
  • Elizabeth Soutendijk is the director of Story Time each Friday from 11 a.m. – noon.
  • Knitting instruction by Virginia Hoffpauir in the library’s main gallery each Thursday, 2 – 4 p.m. 

 As always, I thank the Friends of the Library for its generous support.

Delene Allen, Library Director