Sammy Brown Library

The mission of the library is to improve the lives of the people of Panola County by providing free resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment.


Calendar of Events -   June  July  2014

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Sammy Brown Library Report for June 2014

Written by Debbie Godwin.

In honor of Father’s Day I thought I would tell you about some of the great new book releases by a few of our favorite male authors. 

Let’s start with one of my favorites, Clive Cussler’s Ghost Ship.  When Kurt Austin is injured attempting to rescue the passengers and crew from a sinking yacht, he wakes with fragmented and conflicted memories. Did he see an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? For reasons he cannot explain, Kurt doesn’t trust either version of his recollection. With the help of Joe Zavala, Kurt is determined to find the truth no matter where in the world it takes them.

The Suspicion, Joseph Finder’s new thriller, is a story about a single father   Danny Goodman would do anything to help his teenaged daughter, Abby, after her mother’s death. In order to keep his daughter at the private school she loves, he accepts a favor from Thomas Galvin, one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin offers Danny a loan that would be enough to pay Abby’s tuition and relieve some of Danny’s other financial pressures.  Danny had no idea his new friend is under Federal investigation. The moment Galvin’s loan hits Danny’s account, Danny finds himself trapped into a dangerous undercover assignment that will put both his life and his daughter’s at risk.

Bestselling author Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet and his first in five years. Natchez Burning is the first installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage. While this novel is entirely fictional, many of the background cases were inspired by unsolved race murders that occurred in Concordia Parish, Louisiana and southwest Mississippi during the 1960’s.  Tense and disturbing, it is the most explosive, exciting, and ambitious story Greg Iles has written yet.

Border War by TV broadcaster Lou Dobbs is a timely thriller about the struggles of US law enforcement officers on the Mexican border. The border is a tough place to work, especially for FBI agent Tom Eriksen. When an investigation ends in a bloody shootout and the shooting is deemed “questionable,” the bureau reassigns Eriksen to an office known as “the Island of Misfit Cops” in El Paso, Texas. But when his partner is murdered, Eriksen must take charge and solve the case, wading through corruption and betrayal to discover the truth. As he slowly put the puzzle pieces together, the investigation points to a powerful cartel lord and a shadowy US computer company.

In David Baldacci’s third in the Will Robie series, The Target, the President of the United States of America knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel.If you are like me, and love action, secrets, history, conspiracies, and international adventure Cotton Malone is the series for you.  New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry returns with his latest thriller, Lincoln Myth, the ninth in the Cotton Malone adventure involving a flaw in the United States Constitution, a mystery about Abraham Lincoln, and a political issue that’s as explosive as it is timely—not only in Malone’s world, but in ours. Cotton gets mixed up in a historical mystery that has dire implications in the present day. In this case, a U.S. senator who is a high-ranking Mormon elder has ambitious plans that trace their origins to Abraham Lincoln.   Reading the series in order is not required as each novel is written to stand on its own.

Planning on cooking out for Dad’s big day? Check out The Nolan Ryan Beef and Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes from a Texas Kitchen.  Legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan grew up in Texas and early on developed a passion for cattle ranching that rivaled his interest in baseball. His first cookbook offers 75 recipes for sizzling T-bone and rib-eye steaks, mouthwatering burgers, slow-cooked barbecue ribs, and more. Working with chef Cristobal Vazquez, Nolan presents a fresh take on the Tex-Mex standards of his childhood. The book includes family recipes for Sunday roasts and brisket, savory side dishes, and a few favorite desserts as well, including Ruth Ryan's Special Occasion Carrot Cake. In the accompanying texts Nolan shares his love of the food of the Southwest and the lessons he's learned in a remarkable career in baseball and in cattle ranching.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Fiction Coordinator, Rhonda Birdsong.  Rhonda transferred to the library from the Panola County Clerk’s Office.  She is an avid reader and has been a patron of the library for over 23 years.

Rhonda or any of the friendly library staff will be happy to help with book, audio, eBook, or video selections.  

Sammy Brown Library is a fantastic resource

Whether you need a Novel or a Notary the Sammy Brown Library can help. You can locate an ancestor with Heritage Quest provided in our Tex-Share databases or enjoy the newest additions to Tex-Share Databases.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
"How-to" instructions for virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Home Improvement Reference Center
Full-text articles and images for home improvement and repair projects.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center
Search by product type, brand or model for maintenance and repair guides.


We’ve got the kids' homework covered too!  Check out these great study sites.

EBSCO Student Research Center
EBSCO resources selected especially for youth in grades 6-12.

EBSCO Kids Search
EBSCO resources selected specifically for primary and middle school students.

A kid-friendly interface to EBSCO resources for elementary school aged children.


A public library is a fantastic resource for any community. 

Come visit the Sammy Brown Library and check-out how we are working to keep our community a great place to live and learn.



What role does the Sammy Brown Library play in our community?

A 2012 Pew Internet and American Life study indicates that 58 percent of Americans age 16 and older have a library card, and even more—69 percent—say the library is important to them and their families. In rural areas, where libraries are fewer and farther between, the figures show 62 percent of residents say the library is important and 48 percent have library cards.

Public Libraries are reinventing themselves to better serve the community

The library is continually changing to keep up with the public’s needs in a time of rapid social and technological change. Digital books are a large checkout for our library.  Sammy Brown Library joined the Northeast Texas Consortium of Libraries to provide the most titles possible to our patrons. Whether you own a Kindle, iPad, Nook or Android tablet, there are thousands of titles from which to choose. OverDrive is the leading full-service digital distributor of eBooks, audiobooks, music and video worldwide. 

Public libraries serve more than 95 percent of population

Public libraries served 96.4 percent of the total U.S. population in 2010, according to a report released January 22, 2013, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2010, there were 8,951 public libraries in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with 17,078 public library branches and bookmobiles.

The library is an essential service for children. In the last twelve months we have circulated well over 20,000 children’s books.  Young Adult books are the highest circulation increase in our collection. Story Time is each Wednesday at 2pm. Children’s Director, Kim Turner, often includes a craft along with her story. Crafts are used to extend storybook lessons by helping children to figure out how to express ideas and concepts visually.

Although the majority of our programs are dedicated to children’s programs, we plan to make use of our lovely new meeting room for adult programs as well. 

Public-access computer use continued to be one of the most popular services in the library in 2013. 


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