Friday, April 29, 2016

QPL Connections by Delene Allen

Wood County Democrat – Quitman TX
May 4, 2016

The public is invited to the Friends of the Quitman Public Library regular meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at noon, to meet author Mary Gail Reed, one of three authors who write as Helen Foster Reed. Gail will be discussing their latest book, A Flock of Sparrows, a novel about five Texas widows, the storm of the century, and the strength of faith and friendship. There will be a covered dish lunch to celebrate the Friends last meeting of the season, so bring a dish and enjoy the fellowship.
The next 2nd Friday Acoustical Jam Circle is Friday, May 13, 2016. All skill levels and ages are welcome. Everyone is invited to stop by and play or just listen to some great acoustical music.
Keep track of your library account using your mobile device by entering in your browser. Log in using your library card number, and your password is the telephone number we have on file for your account (include dashes).  Search our online catalog for books, see if they are in, and place your hold.  You may track items you have checked out and renew them yourself.  To avoid overdues, there is a notification option where you can set reminders.
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.  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. Keep up with current events on our Facebook page at

Adult Services
General Educational Development GED® preparatory class, taught by Virginia Haney, will hold its last class for the year on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the Quitman Public Library. There is no charge for GED classes, so stop by and Virginia will be happy to tell you more about the program and what to expect for classes this fall.
Art Class meets each Thursday from 5 – 6 p.m. and is taught by Sara de la Rosa. For more information and updates visit
Free knitting and crochet instruction is offered each Thursday 2 – 4 p.m. in the library’s main gallery and is taught by Virginia Hoffpauir. Students of all ages and skill levels may bring their own supplies and join the group.

Children’s Services
Join the Story Time Gang on on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 2 – 3 p.m. to learn about this week’s theme: Mothers! Lillian Gray will be reading Are you my Mother?, How Many Kisses Do You Want?, and for a craft, the children will make their mothers hand flowers. Story Time is an educational hour filled with stories, crafts and plenty of fun. It 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) or email Lillian Gray at

Friends of the Library
The Friends invite everyone to a Potluck Dinner at noon on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, for a special hour of community fellowship at the Quitman Public Library!  Guest speakers will be authors Gail Reed and Helen Myers who make up two-thirds of the writing trio who write under the pen name of Helen Foster Reed. Their partner Madeleine Foster is unable to attend. They will be discussing their current book, A Flock of Sparrows. This will be the last meeting of the season, and after a summer break, the Friends will meet again on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. The Friends of the Quitman Public Library is an active group of volunteers dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.

The Wood County TX Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 16, 2016 at the library. Volunteers are available, by appointment, to assist anyone who would like to learn more about family history research. Visit the group’s Facebook page at

On Display
In the lobby showcase is a display, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, arranged by the Elizabeth Denton English Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Among the interesting items are boots, medals, dog tags and a model of a 187th Assault Helicopter.