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Welcome To The
Houston County Public Library

Storytime begins September 5th at 10:00 am. 
It will be held each week on Thursday while county schools are in session.

Commemorative Ornaments are on sale of the old Courthouse.  These are a first in the series. $15

Welcome New Librarian Lou Ann Weakley 

Welcome our new librarian Lou Ann Weakley

FREE Computer Training Classes Offered
click here to see classes offered & schedule.    
 

 

 

 

We are excited to announce that as of July 1, 2012 our

Circulation Catalog is now ONLINE!!

You may go online, look for what books we offer, reserve them, read reviews,
read about the author and MORE>>>>

You will need to have a current email address on file with the Library and your Library card number
in order to log into the system.

 

 


The Houston County Library now has free internet hook-up to the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, thanks to the donation of a computer by Austin Peay State University to help anyone looking to start a small business access the TSBDC for help with developing a business plan, understanding business taxes, and ...acquiring a business license.


 
   

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 Your local library is a very busy place.  SERVICES provided by your library are numerous:  FAX services, laminator and copy services, genealogy assistance, tourism information, historical information, able to make copies from county records microfilm of deeds and other county records, 15 computers are available for the public to access, dedicated SBA linked PC, computers with games and options for young children to enjoy, active storytimes and summer reading programs.

LIBRARY STATISTICS

The Friends of the Houston County Public Library is a nonprofit organization that  volunteers to help the library with programing and raises money to help support these activities. To learn more about the Friends of the Houston County Public Library (click here).

24 South Spring Street
P.O. Box 183
Erin, Tennessee  37061

931-289-3858 
931-289-4967 fax

Library Hours

Mon- Fri.  9:00 AM-5:00 PM
     S: 9:00AM-12 Noon
        
       Closed on Sundays
 
Library is open through lunch

Our Staff

Lou Ann Weakley Library Director

Kaitlyn Watson - Technology Coordinator & Cataloger

Donna Waldrop Clerk

Denise Adams Clerk


Houston County Library Board
July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014
Chairman- Linda Christensen
V. Chairman-Tim Cleghern
Sec.-Susan Bell
Treas.-Frank Young
Chris Pitts
Mike Rodriguez
Ann Young


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Story Time

Children are encouraged to attend pre-school story time held each week at the library when county public schools are in session.  It is held each Thursday from  10:00 AM-11:00 AM.  Join the children for singing, stories, crafts, and refreshments.  It is sponsored by the Friends of the Houston County Public Library.

 Online Resources

The Houston County Library is now able to offer two great resources online.

Audio books and downloadable books available through
R.E.A.D.S. program 
http://reads.lib.overdrive.com
Be certain to connect through our local branch in the
Warioto Region this gives our Library credit.

E-Readers that are compatible with our FREE ebooks are the
Sony Readers, I-Pads, and Barnes and Noble's NOOK.

Amazon's Kindle is NOT COMPATABLE at this time.

Free e-books for library card holders online through READS.

http://reads.lib.overdrive.com/

AND

Searchable Databases from HOME!!   Tennessee Electronic Library
http://tntel.tnsos.org/index.htm

  • to use:
  • click on the  TEL icon in the lower right choose Houston County from the mapchoose Houston County Public Library from the list password: elvis

If you would like to continue to see these programs or additional ones please take time to write

Senator Tim Barnes
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 305 War Memorial Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 741-2374
Fax: (615) 253-0193
sen.tim.barnes@capitol.tn.gov

Representative John C. Tidwell
301 6th Avenue North
Suite 22 Legislative Plaza
Nashville, TN 37243-0174
Phone (615) 741-7098
Fax (615) 741-4324
rep.john.tidwell@capitol.tn.gov

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Local History and Genealogy Research

The library’s genealogy room has microfilm on the county’s history  as well as a collection of newspapers on microfilm.  Many books on local history are available.  Researchers from near and far visit our library each year. 

  

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The Houston County Public Library is also a supporter of the
 Houston County Imagination Library program.   

 

  Find out more about the Benefits of Books from Birth.

 

Internet resources let you discover your roots at your library.

Houston County Public Library has new resources that use technology to make tracing family trees easier.   Ancestry® Library Editions, Web-based reference tools from ProQuest Information and Learning, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname.   Anyone with a Houston County Public Library card can  come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition’s millions of records – as far back as the 1700s

The library is responding to a growing interest in family history that’s captured not only in Houston County but America as a whole.  A new nationwide survey* shows 73% of Americans want to learn more about their roots, up from 60% in 2000.  Twenty-five percent of those surveyed became interested after searching for a family surname online, pointing to the increasing popularity of Internet-based genealogy. 

Ancestry Library Edition is available on the library’s Internet stations located in the library lab area.   However, Mrs. French says to get the most out of the experience, come prepared with a list of ancestors to research.  “Make a list of the names of every direct ancestor you can think of,” she advises. 

Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched.  Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. census data, birth, marriage, and death records, World War I draft registration information, Social Security death records, and immigration lists.  It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images from English and Welsh census records, and civil registrations.  Additionally probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  When  you’re using  Ancestry Library Edition, the information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble.  Records have “clues” to the past – places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc – that lead to more information.  Names can be added to form the “tree” or searched to find more clues.  



 The Houston County Public Library is funded by Houston County.  The library is avaible to all Houston County residents.   The library is managed by the Library Director Lou Ann Weakley and the library Board of Trustees.