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 Holley St. The grant wasn’t funded until 2011.
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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. in Alba.

“It’s been quite a ride,” said past pre

sident 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 in 2010 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. 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.

Tonight is the night!!! Halloween Pajama or Costume Party at the library for the kiddos at 6 pm! Stories, snacks, crafts...
10/27/2023

Tonight is the night!!! Halloween Pajama or Costume Party at the library for the kiddos at 6 pm! Stories, snacks, crafts, and The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown movie! Come on out and have some fun! 🎃 👻 💀

Halloween Pajama or Costume Party at the library for the kiddos on Friday night, October 27th at 6 pm! Stories, snacks, ...
10/18/2023

Halloween Pajama or Costume Party at the library for the kiddos on Friday night, October 27th at 6 pm! Stories, snacks, a craft, and The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown movie! Come on out and have some fun! 🎃 👻 💀

10/05/2023

No story time today. Sorry for the inconvenience! We'll be back next week!

09/21/2023

Story time is canceled for the day today. Both Chesa and Alicia's kiddos aren't feeling well today. We will resume next Thursday! Sorry for the inconvenience.

08/02/2023

Get Your Game On!

Anyone Interested in a game day at the Alba Library is invited to attend a meeting on August 5th at 1:00 PM at the library. We will discuss organization for a game day for anyone who would like to participate.

08/02/2023

Notice: Hours Changing

Next week (starting 8-8) we will be open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We are closing Wednesday and opening Friday because of the new 4 day school week starting this year

We would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to Art by Lauren Pitre for making this summer reading activity a HUGE succ...
07/22/2023

We would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to Art by Lauren Pitre for making this summer reading activity a HUGE success!! Thank you to all those who came out for the event and some painting fun!! We are grateful for our community and look forward to hosting more events like this is the future😁💝

Thank you to everyone who came out to join the Minecraft Art Madness today!! We had a great time😁
07/06/2023

Thank you to everyone who came out to join the Minecraft Art Madness today!! We had a great time😁

06/12/2023

LEGO STEM Challenges
tomorrow @ 1:00pm!

Come and join the fun!!

06/09/2023

Don't forget to come comfy to movie night! Bring your blankets and pillows if you want.

12/15/2022

See y'all in 30 minutes! Santa is here! You don't want to miss it!

12/14/2022

Pajama party story time THIS Thursday evening at 6! Come join us for our Christmas themed party in your PJ'S and enjoy Christmas stories, snacks, crafts and How the Grinch Stole Christmas movie!

12/06/2022

No story time this Thursday, December 8th. Alicia's whole family has come down with the junk. Should be back next week. Also next Thursday evening, the 15th at 6 pm, is the last pajama party story time for the season! Christmas theme!

11/17/2022

Tomorrow is the night! Thanksgiving Pajama Party Story Time at 6 pm! Stories, snacks and crafts!

11/14/2022

Thanksgiving Pajama Party Story Time this Thursday evening at
6 pm! Come in your Jammie and enjoy some snacks, books and crafts!

11/02/2022

No story time tomorrow. Lil Kolterman is sick. 😔 We should be back next Thursday! Hope you all have a good weekend!

10/26/2022

Our next pajama party story time is Thursday evening, November 17th at 6 pm! Thanksgiving and fall theme! See you then!

Thank you to all who came tonight to the Halloween party! It was fun! So much fun, I forgot to take more pictures! 😳😁🎃👻💀
10/26/2022

Thank you to all who came tonight to the Halloween party! It was fun! So much fun, I forgot to take more pictures! 😳😁🎃👻💀

10/25/2022

Halloween pajama party story time at 6 this evening! Come in P.J.'s or your costume! Stories, crafts and snacks!

10/13/2022

Our first Pajama Party Story Time will be Tuesday, October 25th at 6 pm! Stories, crafts and snacks! Dress in costume or wear your pj's! 👻🎃💀

10/06/2022

Pajama Party Story Time is back for the season!

We'll have a spooktacular time Tuesday, October 25th at 6 pm at the library.

A thankful time Thursday, November 17th at 6 pm.

A holly, jolly time Thursday, December 15th at 6 pm!

Don't forget to wear your P.J.'s and come for some crafts, snacks and stories!

10/06/2022

No story time today. One of Alicia's kiddos is on the mend from being sick this week. Should be back next week! Have a great weekend!

09/15/2022

No story time today. It'll be back next week! Have a wonderful weekend!

08/25/2022

Alicia and her kiddos kiddos have colds so there will be no story time today. Sorry for the inconvenience! Should be back to it next week!

08/04/2022

Today is THE day! Pirate science show at the Alba Community Center for the FINALE of the summer reading program! The show starts at 1, we will be serving pizza and drinks starting at 12:30! Don't forget to bring your reading logs because prizes will be given out!!! Woohoo!

07/14/2022

Due to the much needed thundershowers, we will not be meeting at Alba Park for water day, but we will be meeting at the library! So sorry for the change of plans! We are very thankful and grateful for the rain though! See y'all at the library for day 3 of our summer reading program!! We will be doing a coloring contest! 📚🐋🐬🐟🦈🐙🚢🖍

06/30/2022

Note: Story time has been moved to 10:30 a.m. starting 06/30/2022.

There will be NO STORY TIME on July 21.

06/23/2022

Tomorrow is the second day of our summer reading program! 10:30-12:30 at the library! Stories, crafts, snacks and movie! Come log how many books you've read so far this summer!

06/11/2022
The kick off to our summer reading program was amazing! We had 30 kids! We'll meet again on June 23rd here at the librar...
06/11/2022

The kick off to our summer reading program was amazing! We had 30 kids! We'll meet again on June 23rd here at the library at 10:30 for stories, crafts, snacks and a movie! Thank you Mr. JDarrell Kirkley for the Space Cat story!

Join us for a special reading Thursday June 9th from 10:30AM to 12:30 as we kick off our summer reading program.  JDarre...
06/08/2022

Join us for a special reading Thursday June 9th from 10:30AM to 12:30 as we kick off our summer reading program. JDarrell Kirkley will be reading:

Space Cat

Author Michael Baldwin and Artist, JDarrell Kirkley.

All about the Solar System. Written very factual and very educational for children from ages of 5 - 12 years old.

Star is the space cat. Emma and Riley are cousins visiting Grand Mother and Grand Father's house for the summer.

06/08/2022

Thursday is the day! The start to our summer reading program! 10:30-12:30 this Thursday the 9th at the library. Stories and crafts and we'll start writing names and progress down on a posterboard in the race for prizes!

05/26/2022

No story time this morning. Mrs. Alicia's kiddos are not feeling well. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it should be back next week!

Summer reading program presents, "Oceans of Possibilities" this summer! All ages welcome! Come pick up a reading log at ...
05/13/2022

Summer reading program presents, "Oceans of Possibilities" this summer! All ages welcome! Come pick up a reading log at the beginning of June to get started! Awesome prizes to those winners and a fun grand finale!

The Wood County Sheriff's Office Kid Fish is on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 8:00 a.m.  Grab the flyer when you are at the ...
05/10/2022

The Wood County Sheriff's Office Kid Fish is on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 8:00 a.m. Grab the flyer when you are at the library or visit the library's website to see it on line.

http://albalibrary.org

Ted Levitt - President J. Darrel Kirkley - Vice President Dena Johnson - Secretary Donna Lansdowne - Treasurer Robin Honaker - Media Relations Joe Plese - Member at Large

East Texas Giving Day 2022The Alba Friends of the Library is a part of East Texas Giving Day 2022. Click on the link for...
03/23/2022

East Texas Giving Day 2022

The Alba Friends of the Library is a part of East Texas Giving Day 2022.

Click on the link for details.

https://www.easttexasgivingday.org/albafriendsofthelibrary

Spread the word to all your friends and relatives!

Our Mission Statement * Support library services * Organize fund raising events * Provide information resource for the community

02/23/2022

Due to winter weather, the library will be closed tomorrow. We will reopen Saturday from 10-2. Sorry for the inconvenience. Stay safe and warm!

Come one, come all, let's have a ball celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Saturday, March 5th from 1-3! Decorate and ...
02/12/2022

Come one, come all, let's have a ball celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Saturday, March 5th from 1-3! Decorate and wear a silly hat to win a prize in the crazy hat contest!

Join us for our 2022 Dr. Seuss birthday celebration.
02/10/2022

Join us for our 2022 Dr. Seuss birthday celebration.

Address

109 E Holley Street
Alba, TX
75410

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Thursday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm

Telephone

(903) 765-2665

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