Cross Plains Public Library (TX)

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History of the Cross Plains Public Library

At a Town Meeting in 1978, it was determined that for Cross Plains to grow and become a better place to live, more community leadership, pride, and cooperation from its citizens was needed. Three committees were formed to accomplish these objectives, one of which was for the founding of a Library.

Thanks to many volunteer hours and donations from Cross Plains school alumni, current and former residents, the City of Cross Plains and Callahan County, the Cross Plains Public Library was opened in February of 1979. These generous folks made it possible to purchase the "Barr Building" to house the library. Donated books were received from individuals and from publishing houses. Volunteers helped renovate the front of the building, build shelves, and provide necessary furnishings.

Today our library houses a collection of over 20,000 printed and audio books, including - thanks to a very generous contribution - a complete and up-to-date set of Newbery & Caldecott award-winning children's books.  Patrons can use our computers for word processing or internet access. WiFi is also available for those who have wireless access laptops.  Copying, scanning, fax, and computer printouts in either black & white or color are available for a nominal fee. All other services are provided at no charge.

The Cross Plains Public Library, a non-profit corporation operated by its Board of Directors, is funded primarily by private donations from generous loyal supporters and fund raisers organized and run by the Board, staff and volunteers.  Approximately 20% of our operating budget comes from the City of Cross Plains and Callahan County. 

Thanks in part to our former Library Directors, the late Billie Loving, Cherry Shults, and Linda Burns, our Library expanded beyond the original building.  What a difference our new addition has made for the entire library. Our book collection space was greatly expanded and we now have a separate multi-purpose room for library & public use.  Today, our current director, Becky Collier, continues to lead us to bigger and better services for our patrons. Our new Children's Discovery Center better accommodates the many youngsters who attend our Children's Programs.  A vacant lot adjacent to library has been developed into a park for the enjoyment of all who wish to sit and read a book or just watch the day go by.  In 2018 we added a bronze statue to the park and a donor plaque.  In the spring of 2019 the area around the statue will be made into a flower garden.

In 2007, we were selected from hundreds of nominations to be featured in Berkshire Publishing's Heart of the Community: Libraries We Love. In 2010, the Cross Plains Public Library was chosen as one of two finalists in Library Journal's Best Small Library in America contest sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gate's Foundation. In 2013 our library was the sole winner of the EBSCO Award for Excellence in Small/Rural Libraries. 

Thanks to all our very generous supporters and volunteers. Without you, we just wouldn't be...

 "The little library that does!"

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