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Paris Public Library

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326 S Main St, Paris, TX 75460
http://www.paristexaslibrary.com
(903) 785-8531 Additional Contacts
 
History: The Library Association of Paris, Texas, held it's first meeting at the home of Mrs. T. M. Scott, August 26, 1926. The library opened to the public February 1, 1927, in a building on Church Street. The collection included 685 books. Miss Gert...read more
History: The Library Association of Paris, Texas, held it's first meeting at the home of Mrs. T. M. Scott, August 26, 1926. The library opened to the public February 1, 1927, in a building on Church Street. The collection included 685 books. Miss Gertrude Drummond was the librarian. With a generous contribution by Mr. And Mrs. J. J. Culbertson, the library moved into it's own building on South Main Street in 1932. Mr. Culbertson donated the land and financed the $50,000 building, which was to serve as both a library and art gallery. Local labor and materials were utilized whenever possible which was a boon to the area economy. The collection included both adult and juvenile titles and works of art including paintings and statuary on loan from the Culbertson's . The library was a hub of activity from it's opening day. Art exhibits and reading clubs dominated the calendar. In 1934 the four Jerry Bywaters panels were given places of prominence in the library. The print collection continued to grow and circulation steadily escalated. By the 25th anniversary year, 1957, library service was extended to all citizens of Lamar County. The collection had grown to 18,300 items. A children's area had replaced the art gallery in order to provide special services to the growing number of juvenile patrons. The Bywater's panels and other important historical art works remained. The original building was much too crowded and in disrepair by the mid-eighties. Library advisory board and friends of the library waged a well publicized campaign and voters responded favorably on May 4, 1985, with the passage of a $975,000 bond issue. The 63% winning margin clearly indicated strong community support for the library. A matching federal grant enabled the library to renovate the original building and extend it by 9,000 plus square feet at the back. The new facility would include more accessible shelving and counter space, yet would maintain the charm of the original building. In November 1987 the library's new wing opened to the delight of readers who would finally have pleasant surroundings in which to select their materials and in which the staff could provide better patron and technical services
 
 

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History: The Library Association of Paris, Texas, held it's first meeting at the home of Mrs. T. M. Scott, August 26, 1926. The library opened to the public February 1, 1927, in a building on Church Street. The collection included 685 books. Miss Gertrude Drummond was the librarian. With a generous contribution by Mr. And Mrs. J. J. Culbertson, the library moved into it's own building on South Main Street in 1932. Mr. Culbertson donated the land and financed the $50,000 building, which was to serve as both a library and art gallery. Local labor and materials were utilized whenever possible which was a boon to the area economy. The collection included both adult and juvenile titles and works of art including paintings and statuary on loan from the Culbertson's . The library was a hub of activity from it's opening day. Art exhibits and reading clubs dominated the calendar. In 1934 the four Jerry Bywaters panels were given places of prominence in the library. The print collection continued to grow and circulation steadily escalated. By the 25th anniversary year, 1957, library service was extended to all citizens of Lamar County. The collection had grown to 18,300 items. A children's area had replaced the art gallery in order to provide special services to the growing number of juvenile patrons. The Bywater's panels and other important historical art works remained. The original building was much too crowded and in disrepair by the mid-eighties. Library advisory board and friends of the library waged a well publicized campaign and voters responded favorably on May 4, 1985, with the passage of a $975,000 bond issue. The 63% winning margin clearly indicated strong community support for the library. A matching federal grant enabled the library to renovate the original building and extend it by 9,000 plus square feet at the back. The new facility would include more accessible shelving and counter space, yet would maintain the charm of the original building. In November 1987 the library's new wing opened to the delight of readers who would finally have pleasant surroundings in which to select their materials and in which the staff could provide better patron and technical services