The Obion County Public Library has been serving the area since the late 1930's. The collection was originally housed in the court house and has moved three times since then and is now located at 1221 E. Reelfoot Ave. The library averages over 2,000 patron visits a week and also contains the largest public library collection in West Tennessee outside of Jackson and Memphis. The mission of the Obion County Public Library is to enrich and improve the lives of the citizens of Obion County by providing them with a wide range of meaningful library materials and quality experiences.
The Obion County Public Library is not just books. We provide many different programs for all ages each month.
The Adult collection in the main library includes fiction and non-fiction materials. Many of these materials are also available in large print. The Young Adult section of the library contains a collection of fiction, non-fiction, audio books, magazines, graphic novels, anime and Cliff's Notes. Adult programs and services that are provided monthly consist of one on one computer help on various systems and programs. Paint classes are held three times a month and we also host several local authors for books signings.
The Children's Department offers a variety of programming and materials. These materials consist of board books, easy books, beginning readers, juvenile fiction and non-fiction, juvenile reference books, DVD and audio books, and recently Launchpad Tablets for check out only. Programs and services include weekly story time, monthly crafts, American Girl Club, Magic Tree House Club, Lego Club, Minecraft events, and our Summer Reading Program. The Summer Reading Program is one of the largest programs held each year. Last year 400 children registered for the program and the total attendance count for events was 2,384. We are hoping to exceed those numbers with this year's program which begins on Monday, June 5.
The library also has a designated maker space called the Creative Resource Center that houses a collection of resources for teachers, homeschoolers and crafters. The collection contains home schooling materials, bulletin board idea books, Leap Pads, games, instructional aids, ESL materials and a large number of Ellison Dies.
The library offers study rooms for small group sessions, a mid-size conference room, wireless internet service, and a large meeting facility for rent to clubs, businesses and community events hosted by the library and local residents. The library has recently purchased 6 Verizon hot-spots that are available for checkout and has also received a grant to purchase 17 I-Pad Pros that will be used for library technology classes in the library and also through a community outreach program.
Our library park is open 7:30 a.m. - closing time. There is a walking track that can be accessed by the side gate or through the library. There is a nice walking track if you need some exercise, but it is also a relaxing atmosphere. Our park also includes an outdoor amphitheater where we show movies, put on our yearly Storybook Summer performance, and during our Music and Art Festival in October is a stage for numerous musicians who play throughout the day.
If you live, work, or own property in Obion County there is no fee for a library card. If you don't meet the previously listed requirements it is $20.00 a year for a library card. If you are looking for a nice relaxing place to visit, or in search for something for your kids to do this summer the library is the place for you! Call 731-885-7000 with any questions you may have and our wonderful staff will be happy to assist you!