Sammy Brown Library

The mission of the library is to improve the lives of the people of Panola County by providing free resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment.


Link to new card catalog


Select Gale databases now available through
Sammy Brown Library
To view a list of all databases available, click here.

Christmas Wreath Contest

Visitors to the library during November are asked to vote for their favorite wreath and bid on the ones they want to purchase. 

The wreaths will also be displayed on the library Facebook page, and the public are able to vote online by selecting one of the wreaths and clicking “like” under the picture.  This segment of votes has been growing steadily each year and it means that friends and relatives who live out of town can also see and vote on the wreaths. This year the winners of the popular vote and the top bid will be announced on December 1st.  Winning bidders will be able to take their wreaths home on December 1st, just in time for the holidays.

The proceeds will go to the Samaritan House local food bank.  Please open your hearts and wallets to help support the people in our community so they can have enough food to feed their families. The library is a drop-off place for non-perishable food items year- round for the Samaritan House.  

The 14 beautifully crafted Christmas wreaths are available for you to buy for yourself, your office, or they make a fabulous gift for someone special.    

Our generous contributors this year are Gary ISD Student Council, The Samaritan House, American Legion Auxiliary Post 353, Diana Resendez, Courtney Scarborough, Carthage Flower Shop, Kim Turner, Debbie Gates, Vickie Singletary, Kerry Wilson, Tina and Sierra Collins, Book Forum, Linda Howard and Erika White.


Chevron Donation

Chevron Oil Company presents a $3,000 donation to the Sammy Brown Library

chevron-donation-picMike Milliorn, Operations Supervisor and Kim Smith, Operations Assistant from the Chevron Oil Company - Carthage Field Management Team are shown awarding Sammy Brown Library Director, Debbie Godwin (center)with the check to fund the entertainers for the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

Sammy Brown Library is a fantastic resource

Whether you need a Novel or a Notary the Sammy Brown Library can help. You can locate an ancestor with Heritage Quest provided in our Tex-Share databases or enjoy the newest additions to Tex-Share Databases.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
"How-to" instructions for virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Home Improvement Reference Center
Full-text articles and images for home improvement and repair projects.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Search by product type, brand or model for maintenance and repair guides.


A public library is a fantastic resource for any community. 

Come visit the Sammy Brown Library and check-out how we are working to keep our community a great place to live and learn.



Public libraries serve more than 95 percent of population

Public libraries served 96.4 percent of the total U.S. population in 2010, according to a report released January 22, 2013, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with 17,078 public library branches and bookmobiles.

The library is an essential service for children. In the last twelve months we have circulated well over 20,000 children’s books.  Young Adult books are the highest circulation increase in our collection. Story Time is each Wednesday at 2pm. Children’s Director, Kim Turner, often includes a craft along with her story. Crafts are used to extend storybook lessons by helping children to figure out how to express ideas and concepts visually.

Although the majority of our programs are dedicated to children’s programs, we plan to make use of our lovely new meeting room for adult programs as well. 

Public-access computer use continued to be one of the most popular services in the library in 2013. 

What role does the Sammy Brown Library play in our community?

A 2012 Pew Internet and American Life study indicates that 58 percent of Americans age 16 and older have a library card, and even more—69 percent—say the library is important to them and their families. In rural areas, where libraries are fewer and farther between, the figures show 62 percent of residents say the library is important and 48 percent have library cards.

Public Libraries are reinventing themselves to better serve the community

The library is continually changing to keep up with the public’s needs in a time of rapid social and technological change. Digital books are a large checkout for our library.  Sammy Brown Library joined the Northeast Texas Consortium of Libraries to provide the most titles possible to our patrons. Whether you own a Kindle, iPad, Nook or Android tablet, there are thousands of titles from which to choose. OverDrive is the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video worldwide. 


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