Library an intellectual oasis

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Shien Dee Pullman, librarian of Gibbs Memorial Library, in Mexia, scans a DVD movie, one of many thousands of items that can be checked out free from the library. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

In a small town with limited entertainment venues, the public library can be a huge resource, especially for children, but even for adults.
It depends a lot on who runs the library, and residents of Mexia are fortunate to have librarian Shein Dee Pullman, who is active in making Gibbs Memorial Library a place with a variety of things to learn and do.
Pullman is the library’s interim director, and she is on track to be the permanent director once she gets her degree, which she expects to complete soon.
Recently, she spoke to the Mexia Lions Club about the library’s summer programs for children, its resources for people of all ages and the renovation of the facility’s community room.
The Mexia Public Library was conceived in 1903 by the Woman’s Friday Club, a civic-minded group that’s still quite active in Mexia. The club is perhaps best known for its Mexia Academic Sweater and Blanket Scholarship, which recognizes high school students for academic achievement, but over the years has done other significant works that improved the lives of Mexia residents.

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