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Electra Public Library
Electronic Book System

Electra Public Library

401 N. Waggoner
Electra, Tx. 76360
Phone: 940 495 2208
Fax: 940 495 4143

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Monday thru Friday 10-6
Closed Saturday and Sunday

With many fun and educational
programs for all ages and extensive
genealogy material, books (of course),
computers, movies and much more.

Storytime, Tuesday 10:30am (3-5yr)
Friends of the Library
Self Motivated GED and pretest
Reading: Ages 3-18 (June/July)

"A Little History"
The P.T.A. through the president, Mrs E.J. Tarvie, got the idea of
establishing a library. The city could not handle all the expense of
it, but gave Mrs. Tarvie $1300.00 which was matched by Reese
Allen; others gave lesser amounts until they had over $3,000. The
school board let them use the 22 X 26 building on the First Ward
grounds after an overflow classroom was no longer needed. It was
later moved to the Waggoner School.

An open house was held on June 17, 1925, with Mrs. J.E. Olmstead
(who left after a few weeks) and Mrs. Tarvie was in charge until 1934
of some 5,000 books the townspeople had gathered. Myrtle Russell
became an assistant from 1928-29. In 1932 plans were made to build
a rock building on lots A.L. Robb had given, but the Depression stopped
that and the library was closed for several months in 1933.

Many Books and Comfort

and Movies Too !!

After temporary locations and efforts being made in every direction,
the City and Library Board got a KYA project approved and a brick
building was erected at Harrison and N. Waggoner with an open house
held December 11, 1941. The library prospered for some time with Miss
Myrtle Russell, who had been named librarian December 13, 1935. Then
came the deluge--literally-- in March 1965. Much water on the flat roof
caused it and a wall to fall, ruining over 4,000 books.

Children's Library

Childrens Library

Childrens Library Inside

On February 26, 1966, Mr. and Mrs Frank Wood gave $10,000 as a
memorial to her parents. Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Hughes of Electra, toward
the new 40 X 90 foot building. The state paid half and individuals gave
more. The furnished library was dedicated February 26, 1967, with Miss
Russell still continuing at the helm in 1982.

The Library Staff
Come by and Visit Terry (on right) and Patti
See what "friendly" really means.

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