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Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - May 2009
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Library receives grant, provides information
Houston County Courier -  May 2009

By Sharlene Hoffmaster
Library Director

The Tocker Foundation in Austin awarded the John H. Wootters Crockett Public Library a grant for $2,700 in May, to help the library become an information center for Crockett and Houston County residents and area visitors.
The library now has six brochure racks placed strategically throughout the library to better serve library customers.
As you walk into the library the first brochure rack you see is filled with brochures related to Crockett and to Houston County. 
Suzanne Steed, of the Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Corporation assisted in providing a variety of colorful brochures, and she will help us keep this rack filled. 
This information will assist first time visitors to Crockett who may be dropping into the library to use a library computer or who come to the library to look up a long lost ancestor in one of our genealogy books.
A rack in TeenCentral has an assortment of brochures covering such subjects as college aid to signing up for the Peace Corp, or joining a branch of the military. 
Brochures covering drunk driving, drug use and use of tobacco products are also found here.
At the entrance to the Children’s Place a rack is filled with anything of interest to parents of younger children. 
Registration forms for the 2009 summer reading program are available as are coloring pages for the kids and information from Head Start.
The Texas Masonic Grand Lodge brochure, “Take Time to Read” is also on display there.
A new rack is available in the genealogy room holding census records, research brochures, and other items of interest for those doing genealogical research. 
One special booklet in that rack is a tribute to Eliza Bishop who has preserved so much of the Houston County heritage.
The last two brochure racks are near the front desk.
One will be used for things of general interest to consumers such as the big television switch to digital, electric rates, planning for retirement, and the like.
This rack contains information about pregnancy, menopause, Alzheimer’s, and other medical issues.
Space is available for additional brochures particularly, those addressing medical issues such as diabetes, dyslexia, autism, or cancer.
Many brochures are available in both English and Spanish.
The second rack near the front desk contains library brochures for the John H. Wootters Crockett Public Library and the Texas State Library. 
These  inform about everything from the Texshare Card program to the Texas Talking Book program for the hearing impaired. Legal help brochures for TexasLawHelp.org are also available.



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