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Local Libraries Offer Stacks Of Fun

By Staff | Apr 11, 2018

Pictured are some of the books available at the Middlebourne Library. ABOVE: This reading area in the Sistersville Library allows for patrons to sit and read in a quiet environment.

This week celebrates National Library Week, and it is a good time to get to know your local libraries in Tyler County. The Tyler County Public Library in Middlebourne offers more than just books to read to the community. They provide several different services, including elementary homework help, resume/job search help, computer assistance, summer reading programs, and help with federal and state tax forms. Residents of Tyler county are encouraged to visit the library to take advantage of their reading area, elementary craft nights, books-by-mail, and book clubs. There are also online databases available, as well as a small genealogy collection and a Reference & WV collection for those who are needing to do research.

Books, magazines, DVD’s, videos, and even books on CD are also available to assist with any research projects one may have. If you find information that you feel is extremely important, the library can provide photocopies and faxes so that the information can be transferred without leaving the library. Internet and wireless access is also provided, which is a must in this day and age. Community groups, which are needing a place to meet, are also encouraged to hold meetings at the library.

The hours of availability are Monday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday & Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Tyler County Public Library was originally formed in a home that was willed to the town of Middlebourne by Benedict and Hallie Swan in 1966. In 1976, the Library Commission agreed to build the library pod (the original section of the current library). The newest addition to the library was added in 2013 which was made possible by: Rosanne Eastham, Library Director; Carol Anne Kucharski, Board President; and board members Dr. Ralph Boone, Gayla Fisher, Margie Rymer, Karen Thomas and Larry Thomas. The library addition was dedicated to Hallie Swan Haught and Ruth Stealey Green.

Ruth Hoover, also known as Grandma Ruth, helps out with the kids of the community and reads to them for story hour on Thursdays. She is also involved in helping with the crafts that the kids put together. The children will run in and sit right on her lap while she reads to them. Grandma Ruth has retired from working with the schools, but she still enjoys putting in time with the kids. She had made quite a name for herself within the library. She feels that spending time with kids keeps one young.

This reading area in the Sistersville Library allows for patrons to sit and read in a quiet environment.

The Sistersville Library was originally started in 1897 in the old High School, which later became known as the Main Street School. Eventually, as the library grew, it needed to be housed in a larger facility, and so it was moved into the city building. Again, the library had to eventually be moved, and so the lady who had lived on the property where the library now stands had willed her property to the city for the purpose of building a new library. Once the funding was secured, the new library was constructed in 1963 and then dedicated in 1964. The library was run by Mrs. Chatterton for 52 years, from the time it it was in the city building all the way up to when the new library was established.

The Sistersville Library has recently improved its reading area for the comfort of those who which to come in, kick back, and read a good book. The Sistersville Library also features a newly remodeled teen room located in the basement, which is a fantastic place for youth to gather and play games and socialize with their peers. The teen center can also be rented for events such as Girl Scout meetings, baby showers, birthday parties and all for the low price of $25 per day.

The Library has also updated all of its computers to better serve the community. There are high-quality prints available as well. You may also look up a particular book on the computers, and if the library does not have it in stock, they can reach out to other libraries in WV that will loan the Sistersville Library a copy. In return for this service, Sistersville Library will also loan out books to other libraries in need of certain copies. Not only that, but the Sistersville Library will rent out DVDs to members of the library. They also have a license to show movies, so that they can host movie nights for public viewing.

Sistersville Library hours of availability are: Monday, 1-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 1-8 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 am. to 3 p.m.; Thursday, 1-8 p.m.; Friday, 1-5 p.m; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Closed on Sundays.

All citizens of Tyler County are encouraged to visit and support these wonderful local libraries and check out the many services that they have to offer.