Grant Public Library

Past Activities and Announcements

Second Annual Christmas On The Mountain

December 11, 2004, in the Grant City Park


All proceeds from TV/VCR/DVD chances, hayrides, food and drinks were donated to the Grant Public Library.

Quilt Show and Pattern Swap, September 24, 2003

Check out all the fun we had at the previous Quilt Show, including pictures right here.

Old Timer's Day, Saturday, October 13, 2001

About 50 people attended Old Timers Day, hosted by the Grant Friends of the Library. They talked and told stories while lively music was played by William Whiddon on the dulcimer, Larry Lankford on the guitar, and Julius Smith on the fiddle. There was singing, snacking on Susie Smith's very special tea cakes, researching into family histories, and in the computer area football fans gathered around a portable TV set to watch Alabama play ball. Old and young alike enjoyed each others' company at this very special community gathering. The Friends of the Library plan to host similar gatherings in the future.

Raymona Bevel was the chairperson who planned and decorated for the event.

A few pictures can be found on this page.

Quilt Show and Pattern Swap, September 12, 2001

The first annual Quilt Show and Pattern Swap at the Grant Library on September 12, from 9:00am until 11:00am.

Check out all the fun we had, including pictures right here.

Grant Founders Day, August 25, 2001

The Friends of the Library had a booth at the Grant Founder's Day celebration in Grant Park on Saturday, August 25. In addition to selling used books ($0.25 for paperbacks, and $0.50 for hardbacks), the Friends sold chances to win a 14" TV-VCR combined unit for $1.00 each. At 5pm, the winner of the TV-VCR was drawn, and Anita Hopper of New Hope won.

The Friends also had a jar of beans, and for $0.25 anyone could take a guess at how many beans were in the jar. At 5pm, the closest guess had been made by Jordan Smith. Jordan won $5.00 for his winning guess of 1,898 beans. The actual number of beans was 3,904. And yes, Sylvia Williams, the current President of the Friends of the Library actually counted every single bean.

We also let people know about the book on the History of Grant and the Surrounding Areas that we are compiling, and encouraged tham to contribute their stories.

A few pictures can be found on this page.

Dr. Pete Sparks Talked about the War Between the States

On Thursday, July 26, 2001, we were priviledged to have Dr. Pete Sparks speak to us on the War Between the States. He gave us fascinating information on the participation of local people in the War, and some background on the War as it effected Grant, Marshall County, North Alabama, and Alabama as a whole.

Dr. Sparks dressed in an authentic uniform and told about the various parts of his clothing and equipment.

Everyone greatly enjoyed his presentation, and we all learned from it.

A few pictures can be found on this page.

2001 Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program started the first week in June, and runs for eight weeks, ending July 24, when certificates will be given out, plus awards to the children who read the most. It meets in the Grant Library every Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm. We have some pictures on this page.

April 12, 2001 Friends of the Library Meeting

Elected New Officers

The members attending the April 12 meeting elected Friends of the Library officers for 2001. The following officers will hold office until April 2002:

President   Sylvia Williams
Vice-President   Kevin Sutton
Secretary   Karen Sutton
Treasurer   Chris Clark
Member At Large   Raymona Bevel


Gunter Mountain History Project

The Friends of the Library has initiated a project to compile a history of Gunter Mountain. The proceedings will go to the Grant Library. The price of the book and approximate date of publication will be announced at a later time.

The goal of the project is not only to record family members' birth and death dates, but actually put people back in time with stories, pictures and humor. We need to hear about the good times, hard times, funny pranks, etc. If we don't write our history down, it will be lost to the generations to come. We can't do this without help from the families of Grant and Gunter Mountain. There are some family histories on display in the Library to give you some ideas.

If you have articles, pictures, or any information to contribute concerning the history of Gunter Mountain, you can mail them to the Grant Library (P.O. Box 401, Grant, AL 35747). Please do not send us your one and only original of great-grandma; send a copy, as we cannot be responsible for lost photos. You can also contact Jean Jackson 728-4904, Annette Kirkland 728-4286, or Rex Province 728-4607. You can also leave information and your phone number at the library, and someone from the Friends will get back in touch with you.

We'd like to collect as much information as possible by January 31, 2002.

Children's Story Program

The Guntersville Women's Service League sponsored a story program every Saturday from February 17 through April 28, 2001. They read stories at the Library from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. They have donated the books they read as well as other books, a total value of $295, to the Library. The reading schedule was follows:

February 17: Swimmy
February 24: Snowy Day
March 3: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
March 10: Cats For Sale
March 17: Alexander; The Terrible Horrible Very Bad Day
March 24: Happy Birthday Moon
March 31: Curious George and the Pizza
April 7: The Carrot Seed
April 14: Horton Hatches the Egg
April 21: Leo the Late Bloomer
April 28: Tikki Tikki Timbo

Grand Opening of the Expanded Library

Now that the new Grant Town Hall has opened, the library has expanded into the rest of what used to be the building that was the old Town Hall. Rennovations have been in progress for a while, and the Friends of the Library sponsored a Grand Opening celebration in conjunction with the Ten Year Anniversary on

Sunday, February 11, 2001
2:00 pm -- 4:00 pm

Summertime 2000 reading certificates

Certificates and gifts were given to children reading the most books in each age group. Here are the winners for Summer of 2000:
2-5 years old
  1st place Sarah Everett 48 books
  2nd place Taylor Garner 26 books
  3rd place Samantha Gallaway 23 books
6-7 years old
  1st place LeAnn Everett 48 books
  2nd place Bailey Gamble 24 books
  3rd place Garrett Gamble 18 books
8-9 years old
  1st place Virginia Robinson 21 books
  2nd place Hannah Neal 15 books
  3rd place Victoria Rutland 13 books
10-11 years old
  1st place Elizabeth Robinson 19 books
  2nd place Jared Rutland 12 books
  3rd place Joseph Davis 8 books
12-13 years old
  1st place Megan Fulghum 7 books
  2nd place ______________ _ books

The winners who were present on Awards day for the Summer Reading Program are shown in the following picture:
reading award winners
From left to right, they are: Virginia Robinson, Hannah Neal, LeAnn Everett, Baily Gamble, Garrett Gamble, Sarah Everett, and Taylor Garner.

Formation of Friends of the Library

In 2000, an all-volunteer Friends of the Library was formed. The first organizing meeting was held on June 8, 2000, during which an initial set of committees were formed. See the Friends of the Library web page for more information.