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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Select Gale databases now available through
Sammy Brown Library
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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.

Sammy Brown Library Report for January 2014

Written by Debbie Godwin.

Here’s a look at the great new reads we have to look forward to in January and February. 

We’ll start with the novels that are flying off the shelf.  Stuart Woods is always a popular author with our readers.  His first novel CHIEFS won the Edgar Allan Poe award and was made into a hugely successful six-hour TV drama in which Charlton Heston took the starring role. Two of his novels, UNDER THE LAKE and WHITE CARGO are under development as feature films.

In Wood’s newest novel, STANDUP GUY, a misunderstanding leads Stone Barrington to take on ex-con John Fratelli as a client at the start of this, the 28th outing for the suave New York City attorney (after 2013’s DOING HARD TIME).  Stone’s advice to Fratelli causes complications that Stone isn’t able to handle with the ease fans have become accustomed to, though he continues to enjoy the considerable perks of good friends, fine food, and beautiful women.

WORTHY BROWN’S DAUGHTER is the new novel by legal thriller writer Phillip Margolin. Inspired by a true story, Margolin turns his hand to historical fiction in this masterful saga about justice in the American West. Margolin weaves a powerful story of murder, deceit and slavery in frontier Oregon. Woven through with rich historical detail, its deeply human scope is still defined by the suspense and energy his fans expect from his books. 

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.


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.

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


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.



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. 

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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