Huntsville Public Library celebrates 35th anniversary

More than 200 people attended the Huntsville Public Library last Saturday to celebrate its 35th anniversary. The doors of the library opened on Oct. 16, 1967. The purpose of celebrating the 35th anniversary was to invite people to visit the library and become familiar with its collections, said Judy Hunter, library director.”We had a full day,” Hunter said.Many SHSU students use the library’s 20 Internet computers. Library science and education students use the library’s children’s collection.Huntsville Public Library houses several special collections: Genealogy, Texana, Ornithology, Adult Literacy and Local Military History. All materials in these collections are included in the library’s online public access catalog. The Genealogy, Texana and Local Military History collections are housed in the Genealogy/Texana/Local History Room and do not circulate. The Ornithology collection is included in the general reference collection. Adult Literacy materials are housed in the adult nonfiction area and circulate for two weeks unless otherwise indicated.Huntsville Public Library offers an extensive collection, approximately 3,000 items, of genealogical materials with a strong emphasis on Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia information. U. S. Census data on microfilm for Texas from 1850-1920 and miscellaneous other states and dates are available. Family histories, bible records and maps of Texas counties are also included in the collection. Members of the Walker County Genealogical Society are on hand daily to assist patrons with family research. The library’s Ornithology Collection has approximately 400 volumes on the study of all known species of birds, including vintage issues of ‘The Auk”. Virginia Gibbs Smyth, presented the collection in memory of her father, physician James Philip Gibbs. A collection of approximately 2,200 items, including reference titles, biographies and Texas genealogical information, comprise the library’s Texana Collection. Photographs and other items documenting military service of local residents, including Company F of the 36th Texas Division are included in the Texana Collection. The Adult Literacy Collection contains materials on basic life skills like applying for jobs, balancing checkbooks, citizenship, basic English language and bilingual materials. All items in this collection are available for checkout and are housed adjacent to the adult nonfiction materials. This collection supports the Adult Literacy Tutoring Program and the Limited-English Tutoring program sponsored by the Library and coordinated by Don and Fran Weil. Hunter, the library’s third library director, will retire on Halloween after 31 years with the library. Hunter came to the library in 1971 after it had been open for only three and a half years. “I’m retiring on the 31st after 31 years,” she saidThe incoming library director will be Linda Dodson.The Huntsville Public Library, located at 1216 14th St., is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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