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.

Sammy Brown Library Report-October

Written by by Debbie Godwin.

I have been remiss in not mentioning all the great non-fiction books we have been getting for the collection. I will endeavor to correct that issue now. Meghan has put several interesting fall and Halloween books out on display in the back of the library in front of the lovely picture window. There are books on growing pumpkins, squashes and gourds. Other books on display feature pumpkin carving, Halloween recipes, projects, and entertaining.  

With the Christmas holiday approaching at the speed of Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve, we are getting in our new Christmas cookbooks, such as, Christmas with Southern Living: 2014: Our Best Guide to Cooking and Decorating. We will have a lot of new fiction Holiday books to choose from as well. Songs of Christmas by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer is just one of the new books we have recently received.

If you are not ready to think about Christmas yet, how about the non-fiction book by Bill O’Reilly, Killing Patton: the Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General; or How Google Works, How We Got to Now: The History and Power of Great Ideas. I love looking through the 2015 Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide: America’s Bestselling Antiques Annual. If you enjoy biographies Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh may be just the book you want to curl up with.

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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