Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Other writers have talked about their favorite libraries, and I just have to tell you about mine. The Tom Burnett Memorial Library is located on the corner of Pacific and Alameda, Iowa Park, TX. The library is the community’s only historic landmark; the house, built in 1924, was the former home of Tom Burnett, founder of the Triangle Ranch. The property was donated to the City of Iowa Park by Mr. Burnett’s granddaughter, Mrs. Anne W. Phillips Marion. Funds from the Burnett foundation were used to restore the property. It is now a gorgeous library. I wish I’d seen it as a home. It must have been the talk of the town.


 Tom Burnett Memorial Library is quite active. Last Saturday they had a Hop Into Spring Craft Show. Wow!  I’ve never seen so much creative, lovely work from obviously talented men and women. The products, except for a few exceptions, had to be home made. I saw everything from jewelry to clothing, to creative lamps and lovely pictures made from broken glass. Yes, when I break something it goes in the trash. This artist created flowers from her scraps of glass. Bowls carved from wood, doll house furniture that I wanted so bad, and I could go on and on. Of course, I had a table to showcase and sell my books. I also renewed acquaintances with former students of mine as well as friends.

The library also has been having Pineterest Nights where they’ve made scarves and wreaths and I don’t know what all since I haven’t attended.

An After School Tutorial Program has been started, too, for students who need help. The creator of the program is a high school student, Samantha, a member of the National Honor Society, taking honors classes along with college courses through Vernon College. She’s also involved in many school activities and is offering her help for free, after school.
In addition, the library has a staff that’s always willing to help whatever your needs are. There’s no telling what they’ll come up with next. So you see why I love my local library.


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