Reflect, be thankful this month

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November is a time for thankfulness and reflection on the on the past.  There are so many things we are grateful for at the library this year.  We started out 2016 getting a grant that allowed us to a new library automation system for the library. This is the program that holds our digital library catalog and does everything from checking items in and out and maintaining our records, to creating the reports we need to help us provide the best materials for the library. We had an outstanding summer reading program this year and we are always enthused by the people who use this library and attend our summer events and programs.  We are thankful for the grant we received that is allowing us to checkout hotspots to our library patrons.  Most importantly, we are very grateful for the support we receive from our county commissioner. 

In November of 1966, the library was just seven months old.  The library founder, Betty Adamson, was still asking for donations of books and for other support for the library.  At that time she would have still been telling people she met in the grocery store or at other places in the community about the new library.  Starting a library is not an easy task.  Keeping a library is even more difficult.  Fifty years later Betty Adamson is still an active participant in the library.  She sits on our library board and she is still telling people about what is going on at the library.  Advocacy and belief in the success of a program go a long way towards creating a community centered library.  This little library has fought hard over the years to be able to continue to serve the people of Grand Saline and Van Zandt County and we will continue the fight into the future. 

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