Whitewright Public Library

Whitewright Public Library Advisory Board Welcomes New Member

For over 45 years, the library’s advisory board has guided the library, reviewing policies and new technologies which have kept our small-town library on par with much larger ones. We now offer an online catalog, databases, eBooks available 24/7, public access computers, and free wifi, as well as books, audiobooks, and DVDs available during library hours.

The Whitewright Public Library opened on April 9, 1967, and on February 4, 1969, the City Council passed an ordinance creating the library’s advisory board. Current advisory board members are Rod Earnheart, Chair, Mike Holloway, Vice Chair, Jeanie Coleman, Secretary, Bart Bodine, Oscar Smith, and Vickie Stanford.

Many have asked what the advisory board’s responsibilities are with regard to the library. The advisory board does not make governing decisions for the library, but works as advisors to library staff and the city council. Part of their duties include:

  • Comply with rules and regulations as set forth by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the City of Whitewright.
  • Review policies, on which decisions will be based, for knowledge and recommendations.
  • Identify which library decisions and recommendations must be sent for approval to the City Council.
  • Review applications for open positions, conduct interviews, and recommend an applicant for hiring.
  • Review grant applications before submission by library staff or volunteers.
  • Advocate for the library to the City Council, community groups, etc.

Jean Tykoski, previous business owner of the Peachtree Gallery in downtown Whitewright for 20 years, past president of the Whitewright Chamber of Commerce, Co-founder of the Louis Franklin Fiddle Fest for 6 years, Co-Coordinator of the Whitewright Historical Museum, and a long term volunteer with the Four Corners Food Pantry, was selected as a member of the Whitewright Public Library’s advisory board on January 2, 2015. We look forward to her input and appreciate her volunteering to advise the library in the future.