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  • Policy Regarding 3-Day DVDs

    There is a policy change concerning the circulation of new DVDs.
    Policy Regarding 3-Day DVDs
    New 3 Day DVD policy

    New DVDs  will now be called "3 Day DVDs" and will not be able to be reserved online, on the phone, or in person. They will be available on a first come, first serve basis only.

    This is in order to ensure that all patrons have the same access to the newer titles in our collection.

    3-Day DVDs will circulate for only 3 days. You can return them in the outside book drop that is in place along the back driveway at the library after hours. The fine for a late 3-Day DVD will be $1.00 per day.

  • Limited Donations Accepted

    We appreciate your giving usable donations to the library, but we are at a point where we can only accept one box donations. We have run out of storage space.
    Limited Donations Accepted
    We have a book sale room with reasonable prices

    Beginning immediately, GPL can only accept one box of donated materials. We have run out of storage space. There is a recycling place in Nederland that takes paper items. We will not be having formal "book sales" in the immediate future, but we do have a book sale room with reasonable prices. Other libraries in the area may take your items, please check with them.

    Please make sure your donations are in good condition: no water damage, bugs, cigarette smoke, torn or marked pages, etc.

    Books must be no older than 3 years old to be considered for the shelves.

  • Changes in Circulation Policy

    Adults may now check out 12 items----- among the 12, 5 audios for 14 days, and 4 DVDs for 7 days. Children can also check out 5 audios for 7 days. Audios will move from .15 per day late charge to $1.00 to be more in line with DVDs.

    Beginning Immediately--changes in over 18 and under 18 circulation

    Adults can now check out 12 items. Of the 12, 4 may be DVDs and 5 may be audios. Late charges for audios have increased to $1 from .15 cents to be more in line with DVDs instead of print materials.

    Children can also check out 12 items, 4 of which may be audios.



    How many allowed

    When due back


    Over 18 “adult”


    12 items

    14 days


    Under 18


    12 items

    14 days


    Under 18


    (4) of 12



    Over 18 are allowed


    (4) of 12 above

    7 days


    Over 18 are allowed


    (5) of 12 above

    14 days









    1.      Over 18 and Under 18 can now have 12 items total


    2.      Among the 12, 5 may be audios, which carry a late fine of $1 per day for both “over 18” and “under 18” and check out for 14 days.


    3.      Among the 12 for “over 18”, (4) may be DVDs, which circulate for 7 days and carry a late fine of $1 per day.



  • Memorial donations made for Wiley, Benz and Pierce

    Donations have been received in memory of Everett L. Wiley, Kerrie Lynn Benz, and Hilda Meredith Pierce.
    Memorial donations made for Wiley, Benz and Pierce
    Memorials made for Wiley, Benz and Pierce

    Donations were recently made to honor three area citizens. We are honored to be able to provide books dedicated to their memory.

    Mr. Everett "Red" Wiley was born June 11, 1931 and departed this life on July 12, 2016. Mr. Wiley had lived in the area since 1956. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He joined the Port Arthur Police Department in 1956 and retired in 1990 as a Lieutenant with the Detective Division after 35 years of service. His contributor is Diane Davis, of Groves. The following books are on order for Mr. Wiley as of this date.
    This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer
    All the Gallant Men by Donald Stratton
    The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
    Space Man by Mike Massimino
    The Long Shadow by Ellen Walker Rienstra and JoAnn Stiles

    Kerrie Lynn Benz was honored by Cindy May Walker of Spring, Texas. Kerrie was born April 5, 1963 and departed on August 23, 2016. Kerrie loved to read and loved her home state of Texas. Some of her favorite authors were John Grisham, James Patterson, Patricia Cornwell, Robert Ludlum and Stephen King.
    These are the books pending for Ms. Benz:
    Chaos by Patricia Cornwell
    Turbo 23 by Janet Evanovich
    Cross the Line by James Patterson
    The Whistler by John Grisham  (circulating)
    In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney


    Mrs. Hilda Meredith Pierce is being honored by Joe and Donna Robertson. Hilda was born September 20,1923 and departed on November 4, 2016. She is survived by her husband Jack, and a large family. Hilda loved to cook and was an excellent seamtress.  She also loved to travel with the Gulfey Mules and Mates. The book we will be ordering for Hilda is being researched.

  • Fiber Connectivity Coming to GPL in September

    The City of Groves has made it possible for us to offer fiber access for our patron and staff Internet access. The access should be available mid-September 2016.
    Fiber Connectivity Coming to GPL in September
    Fiber connectivity is coming to GPL

    Time Warner Cable is working on bringing high speed fiber access into Groves Public Library with the blessing of the City of Groves. We are proud to announce that the project should be complete in early to mid September 2016. Access speed for downloads and uploads should increase dramatically once the project is finished.

    We applaud the City of Groves for allowing us to pursue this connectivity of the future for our community.

    Broadband access is enormously important if libraries are to fulfill their mission of
    serving the American public. People of all ages and backgrounds increasingly depend
    on the local library’s public access computers, Internet access, and reference support
    to search for jobs, take classes, complete homework assignments, obtain medical
    information, and receive government information and services. A local library’s Internet
    capabilities can also play an essential role in disaster response and the provision of
    emergency services.

    The public’s demand on library Internet access will surge as a result of the advent of
    streaming of high-definition video over the Internet, the increasing prevalence of online
    job training and employment applications, consumers’ growing need for e-government
    services, and rising numbers of computer terminals and wireless laptop computer users

    There are two ways to think about the benefits to libraries of having a fiber connection.
    First, fiber allows a library to think beyond basic services and introduce new services
    and applications that it may previously have been unable to provide because of limited

    Second, new services and applications aside, upgrading to a fiber connection may soon
    be necessary simply to keep pace with changes in technology and the public’s growing
    data needs.

    4 Benefits of Fiber Connectivity

    Fiber-optic connectivity can lend a great advantage to libraries of all sizes.

    1. Speed

    2. Cloud Access

    3. Signal Strength

    4. Bandwidth


  • Reading Rugs Purchased with GPL Book Sale Funds

    Thanks to everyone who made our recent book sale a success. Here is what we purchased.
    Reading Rugs Purchased with GPL Book Sale Funds
    Largest Children's reading rug

    On August 16 and 17th, our GPL volunteer group held a Skyrocket Book Sale to aid the library in purchasing new reading rugs for children's programs.

    The book sale was a success, and the library received $720.80 before sale tax.

    A whole lot of people made this book sale possible: Angel Moore, Bo Jones, Charlotte DeRouen, Don Manganise, Esai Prescod, Jaalah Baaheth, Joe Pittman, John Rabalais, Joshua Poole, Kay Barnes, Kaye Jones, Keelah Baaheth, Kylie Poole, Lynette Baaheth, Mary Jefferson, Melanie Smith, Mike DeCluitt, Naamah Baaheth, Phyllis York, Renee Carter, Sondra Durso, Stacy Poole, and Steven Withers.

    We sincerely thank all these good people who came together to complete this task so the children can benefit from bright, new rugs. Your dedication to the library was amazing.

    I also want to mention, we are very appreciative of Grace Granger, who volunteered to pressure wash our building for us. She is an amazing young lady.

    Here are the rugs that are on order. The book rug is 10'9"x7'8" and the Reading Tree is 7'8"x 5"4"


  • Guns in the Library

    FAQ: Public Libraries and Open Carry

    Handguns and Texas Libraries Home | For Campuses of Higher Education

    Can public library districts in Texas choose to ban users with an open/concealed carry license from bringing a firearm into the library?

    No, library districts are public entities and not specifically exempted under the law (Texas Penal Code §46.035) so a library cannot choose to impose their own local restrictions. In most cases, public library districts may not prohibit licensed individuals from bringing handguns into the library, and the library may not wrongfully post signs.

    Can a public library that is established as a non-profit organization restrict access for library users with an open/concealed handgun carry license?

    Yes. If the library and building are owned by a private non-profit organization, the library building is private property, and therefore the property owner can ask their users not to bring firearms into the facility. As a non-governmental entity, the library would have to inform the public of this prohibition with a notice posted as specified in Texas Penal Code §30.06 and 30.07.

    Can I post a sign that handguns may not be carried in my public library?

    No, unless your library and premises are owned by a private non-profit organization. A private, non-profit library can post a notice as outlined in Texas Penal Code §30.06 and 30.07.

    Are there any individual times or days where handguns would be banned?

    Yes, there are a few. Handguns are not allowed at a library, even for licensed carriers, at the following times:

    Does the person licensed to carry the handgun need to have it secured in any way?

    Yes. The weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, must be kept in a shoulder or belt holster (Texas Penal Code §46.02). Also, it is always illegal to brandish a firearm in any way that might be interpreted as threatening (Texas Penal Code §42.01)

    Can library staff make a user show proof that they are licensed to carry a handgun?

    No. Law enforcement personnel however, have the right to request proof of a person’s license to carry a handgun.

    What about library employees and volunteers? Can they be banned from carrying handguns in the library?

    They can be. Libraries may prohibit their employees and volunteers from bringing handguns into the workplace and from carrying in employer-owned or leased vehicles used for work (Texas Labor Code §52.062(a)(b)). This is the case whether or not the employee is licensed to carry a handgun.

    Libraries may not restrict staff who are licensed to carry a handgun from having the weapon in a locked personal vehicle in the employer’s parking lot (Texas Labor Code §52.061).


  • Policy Change for New Library Registrants

    Policy change pertaining to persons registering for a library card at Groves Public Library.
    Policy Change for New Library Registrants

    Beginning immediately, Groves Public Library will be allowing new card registrants to check out two titles of their choice on the day they initially come into the library for a card.
    Previously, potential patrons had to wait to return their address verification letter before being allowed to check anything out. However, this change will allow anyone who presents valid credentials to be considered for a library card to check out two hardcover or paperback titles of their choice. Once they return with the address verification proof, then they will become full members with full check out rights.

    ID needed to become a member is a valid Texas ID or Driver's license showing the current address of the applicant, or a current utility bill or lease showing the name and address of the applicant. After showing proof of name and address, a potential patron is required to wait 3 days to receive a address verification letter from the library. They in turn must bring this letter back to the library to receive their card.

    Groves Public Library wants everyone to feel welcomed when they come to the library, particularly first time visitors who request to join our library. We are striving to see that everyone walks away with a book in their hand.

  • Cap Placed on Allowable Copies

    Visitors are limited in how many copies they can print from computer or on the copier.

    Copies---On Copier: Charge=20 cents per page, limit of 25 copies. NO EXCEPTIONS! (October 30, 2017)
    Patrons using the copier in the library must pay for their copies at the counter before leaving. 

    Patron is responsible for paying for any copies that are made in error.

    The library is responsible for the cost of the toner and supplies for copiers and printers.