Branch Events Calendar
Monday – Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday – Saturday 9am - 5pm
Bookdrops remain open during closed and holiday hours.
2014 Holiday Closings Calendar
January 1 – New Year's Day
January 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 17 – President's Day
April 18-19 – Good Friday
May 26 – Memorial Day
July 4 & 5 – Independence Day
September 1 – Labor Day
November 11 – Veteran's Day
November 26 – close at 5:00 p.m.
November 27-29 – Thanksgiving
December 23 – close at 5:00 p.m.
December 24 – Christmas Eve
December 25 – Christmas Day
December 31 – close at 5:00 p.m.
709 W. Montgomery
Willis, TX 77378
From Houston/Galveston: Take I‐45 North. Exit FM 1097. Take a right on Farm Road 1097. The library is
on the RIGHT side in between the Taco Bell and LeRoy’s BBQ.
From Dallas/Huntsville/Conroe: Take I‐45 South. Exit FM 1097. Take a left on Farm Road 1097. The
library is on the RIGHT side in between the Taco Bell and LeRoy’s BBQ.
709 West Montgomery
Willis, TX 77378
Branch Manager: Paul Lothman
For FY 2012, the library had 7238 registered cardholders and a total circulation of 103,909 items. 87,809 people visited the library during the year, many of them attending a library-sponsored program.
The Library offers free wireless access, 11 Internet computers, a printer, and monthly computer classes. There is also an adult book club group, weekly story time programs, activities for young adults, and a Summer Reading Club that incorporates all ages. The Friends of the Willis Library (FOWL) group continues to be an active and vital advocate and supporter of the library.
Open since 1991
Square footage – 6,400
Collection Size – 54,954
Circulation – 111,935
Cardholders – 7,958
Staff – 10
In 1986, Montgomery County Commissioners Court appointed a task force of Willis area citizens to study the need for a community library in Willis. There was such a tremendous response from the community that a group within the Task Force formed the Friends of the Willis Library (FOWL) to provide a temporary library. Donations of books, supplies, and office equipment from the community immediately followed and the new library set up business in a vacant house staffed by volunteers and members of FOWL. It soon became apparent to Commissioners Court that a branch library was indeed needed in Willis.
With donations and grants obtained from FOWL (including a Library Services and Construction Act grant for $100,000) and monies from Pct. 1 Commissioner Martin, construction on the present 6,400 square foot building began in 1990 on 1.25 acres of land on FM 1097 just east of I-45. Opening in April of 1991 with a staff of three part-time assistants and the branch manager, the R. F. Meador Branch Library boasted a total of 4,391 volumes, the majority of which were donated. 1,003 patrons visited the library that first month.
The library was named after Ruth Frances Smith Meador, who graduated from Willis High School in 1915 and later was a longtime teacher in the Willis school district and at First Baptist Church of Willis.
The library is still in its original building, but has reconfigured furniture and walls to accommodate patrons and advances in technology. Since it first opened, the library has continually updated and increased its holdings and currently has 55,951 items.
Friends of the Willis Library (FOWL)
FOWL Board of Directors 2012-2013
President: Helena Tripp
Vice-President: Jay Wilson
Secretary: Marjorie Cresap
Treasurer: Twillia Liles
Free computer classes are offered several times a month at the library on various topics. Please see the calendar for specific dates, times and class descriptions. Space is limited; registration required. For more information call the branch at 936-442-7740.
Gardening Lectures with Lucy Harrell are held the 2nd Tuesday of the Month and resume in January.
The MBBC (Meador Branch Book Club) meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 2:00pm. See the calendar for more information and for the current month's book club selection. Everyone welcome. No membership or registration required. For more information call the branch at 936-442-7740.