Welcome to R.F. Meador Branch Library


Location:
709 W. Montgomery
Willis, TX 77378
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Phone: 936-442-7740

Branch Manager:
Laura Brownell ext. 6140

    

Hours:

Monday - Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday & Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Bookdrops remain open during closings and holiday hours.

2017 Holiday Closings Calendar

January 2: New Year's Day
January 16: Martin Luther King Day
February 20: President's Day
April 14-15: Good Friday.
May 29: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
September 4: Labor Day
November 10-11: Veteran's Day
November 22: Close at 5:00 p.m.
November 23-25: Thanksgiving
December 23-26: Christmas

Amenities:

Public Computers Public Computers Wireless Internet Wireless Internet
Photocopier Photocopier (b/w) Printer Printer (b/w & color)
eBook Assistance eBook AssistanceDisplays Displays/Exhibits
Group Tours Group ToursOutreach Outreach Services
Meeting Room Meeting Room Computer Classes Computer Classes

Friends of the Willis Library (FOWL)
The Friends meet every second Monday of the month at 1:30 PM except for December.
Ongoing book sale year-round in the Book Nook.

To email the Friends of Willis Library, click here.

FOWL Board of Directors:

President: Jay Wilson
Vice-President: Johnnie Seago
Secretary: Edna Short
Treasurer: Twillia Liles
Board Members:
      Martha Haskell
      Susan Koukas
      Marjorie Cresap
      Cora Slattery

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. On January 25, 2016, after much planning and preparation, concrete was poured for a 2,400 sq ft addition to the library. In addition to an enlarged and enhanced Children's area, the expansion included a new meeting room, a family restroom, an office for the Children's staff, and a dedicated computer lab. By that summer, the expansion was in full use with meetings and summer reading programs in the new area. A dedication ceremony was held in the Fall to thank and honor the many contributors to the project. Since it first opened, the library has continually updated and increased its holdings and currently has 50,026 items. 


Dedication mural honoring the supporters of the Meador Library

Expanded library building with new parking lot and sign

Children's Area with murals hand-painted by Melissa Baker

Statistics: During FY 2015, the Meador Library circulated 106,416 items and increased to 9,627 cardholders and 50,026 items.


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Adult Book Club

Join us for a lively book discussion! We will be reading a different title each month.

Date: 4th Thursday of the month
Time: 2:00 PM
Current Book: Please refer to the calendar

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Computer Classes

Offered throughout the month - free of charge.

June Calendar    July Calendar


Gardening Club

A monthly program on gardening techniques taught by Lucy Harrell.

Date: 2nd Tuesday of the month, September - May
Time: Please refer to the calendar

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Baby & Me Storytime (Birth - 18 months)

A program of songs, rhymes, and movement for the very young.

Date: Tuesdays, September - May
Time: 9:30 AM


Family Storytime (3 - 6 years)

A program of books and activities.

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 AM


R.E.A.D.® to the Dogs (4 - 12 years)

Practice reading skills by reading to specially trained therapy dogs

Date & Time: Please refer to the calendar


LEGO® Fun (6 - 12 years)

Join us for creativity, building, and fun with Legos®.

Date & Time: Please refer to the calendar