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.
Computer classes are offered throughout the month - free of charge. Check Class Calendar for dates and more information.
Space is limited; registration required. For more information call the branch at 936-442-7740.
Gardening Lectures are held the 2nd Tuesday of the Month with Lucy Harrell.
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.