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.

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Click the “OVERDRIVE NOW AVAILABLE” picture to access our collection of online E-Books and Audiobooks. Next, click the LOGIN button and select SAMMY BROWN LIBRARY from the drop down box. Now enter your library card number (if your library card number is not 5 digits in length, please contact your librarian) and pin number (last 4 digits of your phone number). You are now signed in and can start browsing the collection by clicking OVERDRIVE HOME.

Christmas Wreath Contest

Written by Debbie Godwin.

The Sammy Brown Library is getting an advance start on the Christmas holiday season. The library is holding its annual Christmas wreath decorating contest and silent auction. In order to get the wreaths decorated and to the winning bidders by December 1st, the process has to start in September.

The profit from the wreath auction is donated to charity. This year the library will be donating the proceeds to the Samaritan House.

If you are interested in decorating a wreath this year, the library will be supplying the unadorned greenery wreaths. This will give volunteer decorators from now to the end of October to complete their designs and return them to the library by October 31st.   On November 3rd the wreaths will be on display and available to the public for viewing. The silent auction and voting on the wreaths will start on the 3rd of November and continue through the end of November.

The wreaths can be paid for and picked-up on December 1st so the lucky bidders can enjoy their beautiful wreaths during the holiday season.  

The library is looking for 14 people or organizations that will be willing to donate their time and money to decorate the wreaths. If you are interested in helping your community, please call Debbie Godwin or Michele Powell at 903-693-6741 and reserve a wreath before October 1st. Or you can email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sammy Brown Library Report

Written by by Debbie Godwin.

The summer is waning and fall is near. It is time to start reading all the wonderful books our favorite authors have published for September and October.

Let’s start with the mystery and suspense novels, such as Lee Child’s, Personal. You know I am a big fan of Child’s character Jack Reacher. Reacher, the retired military cop, is pulled back into service for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. Very few snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence. As Reacher gets closer to finding the killer, the killer makes it personal.

The Eye of Heaven is the newest book in the Fargo Series from Clive Cussler. Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved—and filled with pre–Columbian artifacts from Mexico.
As they plunge into their research, tantalizing clues about a fabled object known as the Eye of Heaven emerge. Soon they find themselves on the run through jungles, temples, and secret tombs, caught between treasure hunters and crime cartels. Will they find the solution to a thousand-year-old mystery - or death?

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.
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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.

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We’ve got the kids' homework covered too!  Check out these great study sites.

EBSCO Student Research Center
EBSCO resources selected especially for youth in grades 6-12.

EBSCO Kids Search
EBSCO resources selected specifically for primary and middle school students.

Searchasaurus
A kid-friendly interface to EBSCO resources for elementary school aged children.

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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.

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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. 

In designing our new library we tried to balance the current need for printed materials with the growing need for tech centers, reading rooms, meeting rooms and comfortable areas for reading, relaxing and technology-centered activities. 

Books in print make up the biggest percentage of our circulation and physical collection. Non-print materials, including audio books, video materials and electronic book collections are also a vital part of library services. According to current reports video and audio books will stay a vital medium for library collections at least until 2016.  When and if the DVD and CD become a footnote in technology history, the library will strive to provide patrons with the resources to support streaming media and digital downloads. 

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. 

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