Alba Public Library & Museum

Alba Public Library & Museum We aim to improve the lives of local people by providing free resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment.
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In 2008, a group of residents with the same vision met to discuss the possibility of creating a library/museum in Alba. On Saturday, March 5, 2011, the thousands of hours of volunteer blood, sweat, and tears finally came together as the library hosted its Grand Opening. The event took place at the Alba Library and Museum’s permanent home at 109 E. Holley St. in Alba. “It’s been quite a ride,” said past president Carey Carpenter. “We started with a donated building that had leakage problems, scraped together mismatched shelves donated from already established libraries that no longer needed them, and received thousands of books from local residents and remnants from other libraries’ book sales.” Saundra Burge had a vision of collecting local historical artifacts to preserve the city’s rich heritage. “Many local residents had items from previous generations that they wanted to preserve. They were happy to donate or loan them so thousands could enjoy them.” The same core group of volunteers tirelessly worked to fix, clean, and set up a library for the community to use. Computers were donated for public internet use, a computerized library cataloging system was installed, and thousands of books were inventoried, labeled, and filed. The Alba Economic Development Corporation and the City of Alba were in complete support of the endeavor and offered financial assistance as the budget would allow. Fundraisers were held, the wild hog cook-offs sponsored, and the group continued a community presence in all local events. The library was on target to open in2010 when an unexpected gift was awarded. The board had applied for a $50,000 grant from the Tocker Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging rural libraries. Librarian Cheryl Gill called the Tocker Foundation to find out when the grants would be rewarded, and Mr. Tocker himself happened to answer the phone. “I was so surprised that Mr. Tocker was on the other end of the phone call, and even more surprised when he told me that the Alba Library and Museum had been awarded the full $50,000 we had requested to buy matching shelves and furniture. The grant wasn’t funded until 2011. Among other items, we included some really cute children-sized durable furniture to include in our highly popular children’s section.” While waiting for the delivery, the volunteers continued the painstakingly slow process of entering each book into the cataloging system and then packing them back into boxes while awaiting the shelves. Once they arrived, the library floor-plan was rearranged, and all books were unpacked and shelved. Originally half of the front was designated for the museum, but due to the need for more shelving space and the need for a more antique artifact friendly lighting, the museum area was relocated to a back section of the library. Up until the Grand Opening the library had been staffed with volunteers to be opened on a limited basis. “Now, with our new facelift, so many of the books shelved, and our wonderful furniture in place, we’re ready to show it off and invite the public to come in and enjoy it,” says Librarian Cheryl Gill. The library is doing well and is still staffed strictly with volunteers. We would love to have more volunteers, so let us know if you are interested. ~ Adapted from an article written by Carey Carpenter.

Dr. Seuss Birthday party celebration is TOMORROW at 1 pm at the Alba Library! Don't forget! 😃 I also heard that the C...
03/02/2019

Dr. Seuss Birthday party celebration is TOMORROW at 1 pm at the Alba Library! Don't forget! 😃 I also heard that the Cat in the hat might make a special appearance to read some Dr. Seuss books! I sure hope so! 😁

Don't forget about celebrating Dr Seuss' birthday THIS SATURDAY, March 2nd at 1 P.M. at the Alba Public Library and Muse...
02/26/2019

Don't forget about celebrating Dr Seuss' birthday THIS SATURDAY, March 2nd at 1 P.M. at the Alba Public Library and Museum! Games, stories, crafts, and cupcakes!

01/05/2019

Sorry such a late post! Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year! Happy 2019! Thank you to all of those that came out to the Christmas pajama party nights! We had 20+ kids! It was a wonderful turnout! We all had so much fun! Looking forward to possibly more evening storytimes in the future. Keep on reading and feeding your minds. 😊📖📚😁

12/13/2018

Parents & kids! Don't forget about this evening at 6! Storytime in your PJ's, cookies, milk and hot cocoa! Rain or moonshine! 😉🎄🎅⛄❄📚📖☕🍪

Sorry for the short notice, but Santa and Mrs Claus are making a stop in Alba, TX.! They will be at the Alba Public Libr...
12/05/2018

Sorry for the short notice, but Santa and Mrs Claus are making a stop in Alba, TX.! They will be at the Alba Public Library and Museum THIS Saturday December 8th, from 11am-1pm! Light refreshments will be served.

Hey parents and kids! We will have 3 nights in December for our Christmas pajama party! Thursday's December 6th, 13th, a...
11/03/2018

Hey parents and kids! We will have 3 nights in December for our Christmas pajama party! Thursday's December 6th, 13th, and 20th from 6-7 pm. We will be making Christmas cards and ornaments and we'll have hot cocoa, Christmas cookies, and other snacks. You won't want to miss it! ⛄❄🎅🎄📚📖🍪☕

08/21/2018

Hey kids and parents! Tomorrow evening at 6 pm is our last pajama party until December! Come celebrate the last days of summer with us. Kids are invited to wear their p.j.'s. We will have popcorn, water, bedtime stories and a craft! 🌛🌠📖📙🌌🌙

08/16/2018

Hey kids and parents! Next Tuesday evening the 21st at 6 pm is our last pajama party until December! Come celebrate the last days of summer with us. Kids are invited to wear their p.j.'s. We will have popcorn, water, bedtime stories and a craft! 🌛🌠📖📙🌌🌙

08/07/2018

Parents and kids don't forget! Alba Library is having a pajama party storytime tonight at 6 and the 21st at 6! Popcorn and waters, stories and craft! Come on out and have a couple more nights of fun befote school starts! 📖🌛⭐

07/26/2018

Thank you all so much to those who came to the summer reading program. You all make this library run. We hope all the kiddos, (and parents, 😉) had such a great time! I know we did! We will be doing storytime two nights in August as a back to school bash. August 7th and 21st will be our Pajama Party Storytime at 6 pm! Wear your P.J.'s and come enjoy stories, snacks and drinks. 📚😃🌛🌠🌌⭐

07/19/2018

Hey kids grab your parents and come down to the Alba Library for our grand finale of the summer reading program Reading Rocks at 1 pm! We’ll be making some tambourines and rain sticks and having a pizza 🍕 party 🎉. We’re giving away awesome prizes...tickets to Splash Kingdom and Science Discovery Place to our reading contest contestants! You won’t want to miss it!

07/17/2018

Hey parents and kids! Come join the Reading Rocks fun at the library at 1:00 today to learn about and listen to music with The talented Gary Swindle. 🎤🎼🎸🥁🎵🎹🎻🎶 Harmonicas to take home will be given to the kids! You won’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity😁

07/14/2018

It was awesome to see so many kids at the park the other day learning about rocks! A special thanks to Geologist Ron Taylor for coming out and showing us so many different kinds of rocks. We will be meeting at the library Tuesday at 1 PM to listen to another special guest, Gary Swindle, talk to us about music! See y'all there!

07/11/2018

Hey kids! We are meeting at the Alba city park tomorrow at 1 PM to listen to Geologist Ron Taylor tell us about the different kinds of rocks and what he does, and then it will be rock hunting time! We will have some water and capri suns too! If it is raining, we will meet at the library. We will bring some book logs for anybody new joining the reading contest. ☺

07/10/2018

We had such a great turnout today at the summer reason program kickoff!! Thank you to all who came out! We had so much fun painting rocks and eating nachos! The kids did FANTASTIC at storytime too! So quiet. 😮☺ Hope we will see you all Thursday at 1 PM at the Alba city park to listen to Geologist Ron Taylor talk about different kinds of rocks, and then the search will be on for the rocks the kids painted today! Even if you didn't make it today, there will be plenty of rocks as most kids painted multiple ones! 😉

07/10/2018

Hey kids and parents of kids ages 6-12, (and even "read-to-me" ages!) Alba Public Libray's summer reading program, "Reading Rocks" starts TOMORROW at 1 PM! We will be serving nachos for our kickoff, the kids will be painting rocks and our library volunteer Alicia Lowery will be reading a couple of "smashing" rock books. Head on over for some summer fun and a reading contest to try and win some Splash Kingdom (ages 9-12) tickets or Discovery Science Place (ages 6-8) tickets! The "read-to-me" ages will get goodie bags. ☺ The more books you read, the better chance you have at winning! 😉 We will meet tomorrow, Thursday the 12th, next Tuesday the 17th, and next Thursday the 19th all at 1 PM! Make sure you're there Thursday the 19th for our finale! We will make instruments, eat pizza and announce our reading winners! See y'all tomorrow!!📚📖🎶🎸🌋🌞🍕

07/04/2018

Summer Reading Program "Reading Rocks" starts in one week! Are you ready kids?! 🌞📚📖👍😀🌋🎸🎶

06/29/2018

Hey Alba-Golden kids! We're having a summer reading program at the Alba Public Library that is only 4 days in July!🌞📖📚The theme is "Reading Rocks!" Come learn about rocks🌋, music🎶, make your own instruments🎸, eat some delicious food🍕 and enter the book reading contest to win an awesome prize!! 🎉🎉🎉 Splash Kingdom tickets for ages 9-12 or Discovery Science Place tickets for ages 6-8! You don't want to miss this! It is going to be AMAZING and SO FUN!! 😀🏊

(To be eligible for the contest for the big prizes, children have to be between the ages of 6-12.)

A beautiful sight....so many kids interested in reading! 😎🤗🤩 Thank you Alicia Lowery for your dedication to the...
06/07/2018

A beautiful sight....so many kids interested in reading! 😎🤗🤩 Thank you Alicia Lowery for your dedication to the foundation of education for these kiddos! Thank you parents for bringing them and supporting our volunteer based library!

Story time today where the kids learned about tortoises and turtles! 🐢 A special visit from a real tortoise made this...
05/04/2018

Story time today where the kids learned about tortoises and turtles! 🐢 A special visit from a real tortoise made this week top notch! Our talented reader and craft person, Alicia Lowery had the cutest turtle craft for the kids to make 🐢

A wonderfully big group of captivated kids listening to story time with our awesome reader, Kim Adair. Spring is here!
04/12/2018

A wonderfully big group of captivated kids listening to story time with our awesome reader, Kim Adair. Spring is here!

Another fun story time on farm animals. Thank you Kim Adair! 👨🏻‍🌾👩‍🌾🐖🐐🐄🐓
02/25/2018

Another fun story time on farm animals. Thank you Kim Adair! 👨🏻‍🌾👩‍🌾🐖🐐🐄🐓

Another fabulous story-time and craft about snakes 🐍 with the very talented Alicia Lowery !
01/25/2018

Another fabulous story-time and craft about snakes 🐍 with the very talented Alicia Lowery !

Christina
10/07/2017

Christina

10/04/2017
Fun at Story Time and Craft Time this morning. Thursday mornings @ 10:00.
08/03/2017

Fun at Story Time and Craft Time this morning. Thursday mornings @ 10:00.

Christmas in July at Story Time today! Join us Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m. for Story Time with Ms. Vicki followed by Crafts w...
07/20/2017

Christmas in July at Story Time today! Join us Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m. for Story Time with Ms. Vicki followed by Crafts with Ms. Meredith.

07/19/2017

Christmas in July themed story time Thursday July 20 @ 10 am. Wear your Christmas, red, or green attire!

Fun today at story time and craft time. Every Thursday morning at 10:00. Join us.
07/13/2017

Fun today at story time and craft time. Every Thursday morning at 10:00. Join us.

Story Time and Craft Time today. Every Thursday morning at 10:00. Join us!
07/06/2017

Story Time and Craft Time today. Every Thursday morning at 10:00. Join us!

Summer reading at the Alba Library and Museum!
07/02/2017

Summer reading at the Alba Library and Museum!

Enjoy Story Time on summer evenings!
06/30/2017

Enjoy Story Time on summer evenings!

Thanks to Meredith Pringle Sanders!
06/29/2017

Thanks to Meredith Pringle Sanders!

Thursdays in July will be packed with FUN!!!

These little boys were so enthralled with the book on reptiles, they had to get down on the floor and discuss every pict...
06/29/2017

These little boys were so enthralled with the book on reptiles, they had to get down on the floor and discuss every picture.

Story time today with Ms. Kim followed by lantern-making with Ms. Meredith. Story time is every Thursdday at 10:00 a.m. ...
06/29/2017

Story time today with Ms. Kim followed by lantern-making with Ms. Meredith. Story time is every Thursdday at 10:00 a.m. Come join us!

Alba Library Summer Reading
06/28/2017
Alba Library Summer Reading

Alba Library Summer Reading

Thursdays in July @ 1:00 Ages 6-12 Join us for fun and reading! Alba Library Represents: Summer Reading Program With Activities Each Day Weaving, Quilting, Dog Trainer Show, Painting, and Much More!

Kids Storytime and Crafts  were a big hit today. We had a bunch of "pigeon heads" running around.
06/22/2017

Kids Storytime and Crafts were a big hit today. We had a bunch of "pigeon heads" running around.

Lots and lots of kids at story time today with Ms. Vicki! They made Fathers Day gifts with Ms. Meredith and Ms. Kim.
06/15/2017

Lots and lots of kids at story time today with Ms. Vicki! They made Fathers Day gifts with Ms. Meredith and Ms. Kim.

Lots of kids and fun today with storytime and crafts.
06/01/2017

Lots of kids and fun today with storytime and crafts.

Fun at story time Thursday with Ms. Vicki.
05/26/2017

Fun at story time Thursday with Ms. Vicki.

Ms. Alicia did a fabulous job with story time today. Then Ms. Meredith did her usual fabulous job with the kids making b...
05/18/2017

Ms. Alicia did a fabulous job with story time today. Then Ms. Meredith did her usual fabulous job with the kids making butterflies.

Miss Piper is one of our favorite library visitors.
05/11/2017

Miss Piper is one of our favorite library visitors.

The kids enjoyed story time with Ms. Kim and then also enjoyed making butterflies with Ms.Alicia for their moms for Moth...
05/11/2017

The kids enjoyed story time with Ms. Kim and then also enjoyed making butterflies with Ms.Alicia for their moms for Mothers Day.

Fun at the library today--making clouds and rainbows after story time with Ms. Vicki.
05/04/2017

Fun at the library today--making clouds and rainbows after story time with Ms. Vicki.

Story time with Ms.Vicki followed by acorn-planting  with Ms. Meredith today at the library.
04/27/2017

Story time with Ms.Vicki followed by acorn-planting with Ms. Meredith today at the library.

Address

109 E Holley St
Alba, TX
75410

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00

Telephone

(903) 765-2665

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