Friday, March 21, 2014

Library Notes by Delene Allen - March 2014

Each Thursday is filled with learning opportunities at the Quitman Public Library. GED preparatory classes are available from 10 – noon 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.
Family Bilingual Literacy Sessions are available 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.
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.
Also on Thursdays, test proctoring and tutoring is available by appointment. To sign up for any of these opportunities, stop by during class hours or call 903-763-4191903-763-4191.
As a reminder, 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.
Regular library hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.   For more information, please call 903-763-4191903-763-4191 and visit our website at

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-BOOK903-763-BOOK (2665).

             The Wood County TX Genealogical Society will meet Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the library’s Shamburger Community Room. Guest speaker will b Nancy Walker who will present “Sweet Memories of Hawkins, Texas.”
For more information or to make an appointment with a genealogist from the Wood County TX Genealogical Society, contact the library at 903-763-4191903-763-4191 or visit the society’s website at for links to photographs and family histories.

New Arrivals
Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb, The Return: A Steve Dancy Tale by James D. Best, A Bullet for Billy the Kid: A Western Trio by Will Henry, and several new e-Book additions to OverDrive.  For more information about OverDrive and how to check out e-Books from this library, visit or stop by the front desk.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Library Notes - March 2014

March 2014 - Quitman Public Library News

Mark your calendar early for Tuesday, May 13, 2014 for the Quitman Public Library's Spring Open House. Join us for a fun day filled with interesting guests and events.  Special guest, Cheryl Rogers-Barnett will be here 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
Also on that day, local artist, Bart Soutendijk, will present his newest sculpture to the Quitman Public Library.  Bart wall sculpture will be displayed on our front tower as pictured. Bart  has illustrated with wire since 1972, and his art is represented by galleries in the US, and and he has sold to collectors all over the world. Visit his website at
Of course, the last meeting of the season for the Friends of the Library will take place at noon on Tuesday, May 13th, and the Quitman Garden Club will meet later that day from 2 – 4 p.m.   
Our GED, ESL and Bilingual Family Literacy programs are gaining momentum. Instructors Sandra Grider and Owen Neace are working with the Gateway to Libraries project that provides all classroom materials. To learn more about these free opportunities, call 903-763-4191 or stop by the library on Thursdays.
The Wood County Genealogical Society is inviting everyone to their meeting Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. here at the library.  Special guest, Bobby J. Phipps, will be speaking on “How Genetics Affect Our Family History.” Bobby holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Also at that meeting, the public can learn more about the society’s Family History Field Trip to Jefferson, Texas planned for April.
Our patrons are excited about OverDrive® -- our library’s online source for the latest eBooks! People stop me everywhere, most recently in the dentist’s chair, to ask me about OverDrive! 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®. Stop by or call, and I’ll help you get started.

  •          2nd Friday Acoustical Bluegrass Jam on Friday, March 14th 6-9p.m.
  •          Elizabeth Soutendijk (wife of Bart 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