Library celebrates 50 years in same location

Books have a way of filling the reader with knowledge. Often times, books provide the backdrop for learning about other people and even allow the reader to take an adventure to another land all by simply turning page after page.

For the past 50 years, the Daingerfield Public Library has been located at 207 Jefferson St. near the downtown area. In 2017, the library hosted an open house to celebrate the milestone Aug. 3.

The library, then known as the Morris County Library, first opened in 1955 at the old courthouse and then moved to the sheriff’s building, the jail and then to city hall. After several moves, various clubs decided it was time for the library to finally have a designated location.

“The clubs raised the money, purchased the land and built the building,” Librarian Earlene Walton said. “It has been here on Jefferson Street since 1967.”

Three local clubs joined forces to make the current location possible. The Lions Club contributed $6,000 to the project and the Pandora and Maia Clubs each contributed $500.

Walton, who has been at the library for nearly 29 years, has always had an affinity for books.

“I love books and reading and love connecting other people to books,” she said. “When you read a book, you can go anywhere and be anywhere and be in any time frame. That’s the joy in books. You can learn so much from books.”

The library, which has undergone a remodel of its interior in recent years, now has five computers with internet access and DVDs for rent as well as ebooks purchased by The Friends of the Library. Currently, there are 3,985 patrons registered at the library.

“We have people from Hughes Springs, Lone Star, Naples and Omaha who regularly visit the library,” Walton said.

Since the advent of the internet and with the addition of computers, more people are drawn to the library.

“Last month there were 4,404 items checked out,” she said. “That includes people on the internet. We now have automated books and with the internet, we’ve seen a lot of changes.”

Summer programs have also become a big deal at the library in the last several years.

“The Friends of the Library paid for three of the eight programs we had this summer,” Walton said.

The local library also received a donation of refreshments from The Friends of the Library for the anniversary celebration and Janice Bryant of Something Special in downtown Daingerfield donated a sign-in book for the event.

The Daingerfield Public Library is opened Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. For more information, call (903) 645-2823.

By MARLENE BOHR

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