Nesbitt Memorial Library

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Director's Message

Library News

Dear Friends,

We all have many ways to spend our time. I appreciate that you use library resources and programming as part of yours!
Nesbitt Memorial Library joins libraries across the state to host Power Up at Your Library Week. It’s all part of the Powered Libraries campaign, which seeks to broaden the awareness of innovative library services to the public. “We really want this event to help the community get charged up about their library,” said Pat Smith, Texas Library Association Executive Director. “The library offers so many powerful ways to help our users thrive, and we want to show them off.” Take our Powered Up survey at and tell us how Nesbitt Memorial Library helps you to "power up".
October is Texas Archives Month and National Family History Month. We are hosting a genealogy "lock-in" on Friday, October 20 from 11:30-9:30pm. Eight live streamed programs will be offered on a variety of current topics of interest to family history researchers: Orphan Train Riders, Beginning Genealogy, Regional Historical Research Depositories, Texans during the Republic, DNA Matches, Czech Immigration, Using Newspapers for research, and WWI Ancestor resources. Check the schedule for more information Registration is not required. Come for one session or as many as you wish. 
Do you have a road block in your family research and need some special help? Each Wednesday, Elder Wilding offers free Genealogy Classes at Nesbitt Memorial Library at 3pm. The classes use a variety of online resources for conducting research. Elder Wilding is also teaching ESL classes on Wednesdays at 1:30pm and is offering a Literacy Class at 5pm for adults who do not know how to read. If you know someone interested in any of these free classes, please contact the library.
Introductory Computer Classes are scheduled in October: Email is on Thursday, October 5 from 2-4pm, Microsoft Word I on Tuesday, October 17 from 2-4pm, Microsoft Word II on Tuesday, October 24 from 2-4pm and Microsoft Excel on Tuesday, October 31 from 2-4pm. Please contact Susan Chandler if you would like to attend one or more of the classes now or at a future time.
The NML Book Discussion of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman will be led by Patsy Hodge on Thursday, October 12 at 10:15 am. The book examines many themes: love, coping with loss and obtaining balance in life. “Ove” has some quirky habits and is a grumpy curmudgeon. This lovable story shows the profound impact one life has on countless others. All are welcome to the discussion.
We are excited to announce that we will be joining the Central Texas Digital Consortium on Monday, Oct. 23
rd. We’re proud to offer you more best-selling and classic eBooks and digital audiobooks, available 24/7 from the library’s digital collection. This service, powered by OverDrive, is free with your library card. The website for our expanded digital offerings is and starting on Oct. 23rd, Nesbitt Memorial patrons will be able to use this site to enjoy eBooks, audiobooks and more. The Piney Woods Consortia will no longer be accessible to our patrons after this change. If you have not tried to use Overdrive at all or in a while, bring in your device and we will help you get started.
Tickets to the 15th Annual Live Oaks and Dead Folks Cemetery Tour go on sale on Monday, October 2. This year's tour will be held in the Odd Fellows Cemetery on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4. The theme is Stories That Must be Told. All proceeds support the Nesbitt Memorial Library Foundation. Come celebrate this special event with us!
The best book that I have read in a while is News of the World by Paulette Jiles. This book has been selected by the Texas Center for the Book as Texas' Great Read in 2017 so there are many others who agree with me. Set in Texas in 1870, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes a living traveling to isolated places reading the news of the world from newspapers. In one town, he is asked to return an orphaned  Kiowa-captive girl to her relatives. Their journey and adventures are a delightful read.

I hope to see you at the library!

Susan Chandler