Maroquin was introduced by Gladys Neal and began by giving a brief overview of the Three Rivers library. He said the library started in 1947 and the Little Acorn Study Club was instrumental in starting the library. In 1951 the library moved to the corner of Caves/Alexander where the post office now sits. “A lot of the Little Acorn’s club members volunteered at the library. They catalogued books and helped check out books. In 1955 the TR branch became part of the LOC library system and South Texas Library Systems,” Marroquin said.
The great part of being part of the system is inter-local library agreement. In 1968-69 the library was moved to the old bank building. Following the flood from Hurricane Beulah the library was temporarily moved to City Hall. In 1999 the library was awarded a grant and was able to move into the building they are in now.
“Currently the library has 1330 registered patrons. That doesn’t include those that come in just to use the internet or read books at the library,” Marroquin said. We have 11,000 materials: books, audio books, VHS tapes, etc. Marroquin said.
“The library relies on donations to buy new books and sometimes we swap out with the GW library; sometimes patrons donate new books too,” said Marroquin. He closed by saying, the library’s success was due to the “fruit of the Little Acorns labor”.
After the presentation, refreshments were served. Following the pledge, Patty Barton read the minutes from Nov., Dec., and Jan. and read thank you notes. Ann Esse gave a treasurers report. In unfinished business, club President Norma Newport said the Little Acorns will host the Three Rivers High School National Honor Society induction on March 12.
Hostesses for the February meeting were Norma Newport, Mary Lois Schultz and Susan Zamzow.