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What's New At Baylor County Free Library?? Hopefully, after the Covid is over we will be able to have more library programs and challenges. We will be planning a big Summer Reading Program for June 2021.

Book Challenges at the Baylor County Library

Big congratulations to those who have completed the 2017 Baylor County Book Challenge.  I have learned a lot with this challenge, and I am very excited to be kicking off the New Year with a new reading challenge for the community.  This year patrons will have the choice of six different reading challenges. The Baylor County Library Challenge is a mix of different genres, and it is broken down into levels according to how dedicated a reader you are.  There is also an adult version and a kid’s version.  The Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge will challenge you to read 26 different books during the year; each book needs to start with a different letter of the alphabet.  Then there is the “Let’s Go to the Movie’s Reading Challenge”.  This challenge is a list of 24 books; all of them have been made into movies.  The 2018 Bible Reading Challenge breaks up the bible into segments by month.  If you like things a little scary, you can try the 2018 Classic Horror Reading challenge.  Then, there is the 2018 Back to Classics Reading Challenge.  I am sure there is something for every book lover to pick from.  You can participate in as many as you like.   I am super excited to see what the New Year holds for the library.  And as always, thank you so much for your patronage and support.

November 27, 2017

Winter Reading 2017 at Baylor County Free Library

I am so excited about the 2017 Winter Reading program at the Baylor County Library!! I am confident that it will be our most successful Winter Reading program yet! Winter Reading Kick Off will be on Monday, November 27th from 10am-8pm.   We will be playing Bingo just like last year. And like last year, there will be three different bingo cards for different age groups.  Also, the library hours will be different for the month of December to facilitate some fun and different activities.  So, come by the Baylor County Free Library on November 27th for all of the details and to pick up your Bingo card!  Happy Reading!

2017 Summer Reading Program Comes to an End!!

The Baylor County Free Library’s 2017 “Build A Better World” Summer Reading program came to an end on Friday, June 30.  The program had 153 people of all ages sign up, and ended with 91 completed reading logs turned in!!  There were 1,362 books logged on from June 5th to June 28th, and there were 25 new library cards acquired during the month of June.  The Library had a total of 1,306 visitors for the month of June!!  How exciting!  Thank you so much to the citizens of Baylor County for their participation and support.  Our award winners were so excited to receive their prizes.  Prizes were given out for Most Books Read, Most Books Checked Out of the Library, and Most Library Activities Attended.  Our award winners are the following:

Most Books Read

1st Place: Eli Arnold, Bray Read, Tucker Townley, Krosby Anderson, William Hendrickson, Madi Parrish, Matthew Strickland, Brenn Reed, Chris Johnson, Avery Parrish, Brilee Reed, Ian Bryant, Dani Laughlin, Mercedes Laughlin, Nazanal Laughlin, and Jennifer Parrish

2nd Place: Ryan Moore, Samuel Hendrickson, Mercedes Johnson, McKenzie Strickland, Remington McLarty, Colt Piper, MacKenzie Johnson, Madeline Glass, Cooper Daniel, Brayden Bryant, Racie Decker, Kylie Myers, Madison Myers, Julie Rush

Grand Prize Winners: Bray Reed, Chris Johnson, Brilee Reed, Joe Myers

Most Library Activities Attended:

1st Place: Ryan Moore, Samuel Hendrickson, Lark Piper,  John Johnson, William Hendrickson, Madi Parrish, Kamryn Bryant,  Robert Hendrickson, Avery Parrish, Brilee Reed, Brock Piper, Dani Laughlin, Madison Myers, Jayton Barrington, Nazanal Laughlin, Jennifer Parrish

2nd Place: Cora Townley, Bray Reed, Rylee McLarty, Remington McLarty, Colt Piper Norah Futch, Brenn Reed Scout Piper, Josiah Bush, Racie Decker, Kylie Myers, McKenzie Stevenson, Laci Reed


Most Books Checked Out of the Library:

1st: Eli Arnold, Bray Reed, Mercedes Johnson, John Johnson, William Hendrickson, Colt Piper, MacKenzie Johnson, Chris Johnson, Avery Parrish Brilee Reed,  Ian Bryant, Kylie Myers, Madison Myers, Nazanal Laughlin, Julie Rush

2nd: Leah Agraz, Samuel Hendrickson, Graham Reeves, MacKenzie Strickland, Remington McLarty, Madi Parrish, Matthew Strickland, Brenn Reed, Scout Piper, Josiah Bush, Brock Piper, Dani Laughlin, Mercedes Laughlin, LeAn Hulcy


Jayme Gregg loved to read.  As a 4th Grade teacher at the Seymour Elementary campus, she taught – among other things, the love of literacy to her students and encouraged them to explore and experience the written word.  Jayme Gregg passed away May 29th 2016, 1 year ago from this time, but her legacy and love of reading live on through the Baylor County Library Summer Reading Program.  The Gregg Family has graciously donated $500 to our local program this year in hopes to encourage others to participate through philanthropy, volunteerism, and library membership.  It is with great honor and full hearts that the Baylor County Friends of the Library dedicate this Summer Reading Program to the memory of Jayme Gregg, her impact on this community as an educator, and her dedication and love of the Baylor County Library

“Build A Better World” Summer Reading Program Begins June 5, 2017

The annual Summer Reading Program at the Baylor County Free Library will begin on Monday, June 5, with a kick-off signup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year the theme is “Build A Better World.”  The first 150 builders who sign up will receive their “construction kit” to build a better world complete with a book browsing bag, bookmark, pencil and schedule of events, courtesy of the Friends of the Library and the Priddy Foundation.

The Summer Reading program will be a little different this year.  All reading logs will be kept in a binder at the librarian’s desk.  Participants will need to log their books each time they come into the library.  All readers are encouraged to borrow books from the library, as there will be a prize for most books checked out during the program.

“Build a Better World” will begin on June 5 and last until June 30th.  Participants reading at least three books will be eligible for prizes. All ages from infant through adult are encouraged to participate.

Every Monday throughout the summer, the library will host “Maker Mondays” at 10:30am. Story Time will be held on Tuesdays at 1pm and Thursdays at 10:30am.  Tuesdays will also be the home of the new Lego Club from 4pm-6pm.  Every Friday, there will be movies shown on our brand new television.  Join us on June 6th when the Abilene Zoo will be here with their outreach program.  Riverbend Nature Center will be teaching two classes during the program as well.  On Friday, June 30th, Summer Reading Awards will take place at 1pm.

During the summer, the library is open: Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday & Wednesday, 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Thursday & Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  All are welcome to come in and check out the Summer Reading Program, as well as all of the new books and materials.

Complete summer schedules are available on the library’s website at, or on the library’s Facebook page, or drop by for a copy. Library programs are available to all patrons at no cost. For more information on library programs or the Summer Reading Program, call the library at 940-889-2007.

 The Baylor County Friends of the Library will be having a GIGANTIC inside/outside bake & book sale April 15that the Library.  Funds raised will go towards our goal of raising $1000 for the Summer Reading Program.  We will have all genres of books available and a giant selection of VHS tapes!  Plus, our town famous bakers will have goodies ready for you to enjoy.  Sale begins at 8am and runs till about noon, possibly later, depending on the weather and anticipated fast sales.  Donations will also be accepted and you can become a Friend with a $5 membership or $10 for the whole family!  Here’s a sneak peek of 2017’s Summer Reading Program…

 $2000 in PRIZES for completed logs, most books checked out, most activities attended, and door prizes during closing ceremonies!  Guess who’s getting Kindles? 

 Fantastic programs like June 6th’s Abilene Zoo program with LIVE animals!

 FUN activities planned throughout the month with CREATIVITY in mind! 

 Seymour’s first MAKER SPACE!  Do you like to learn hands-on?  Building and Crafting?  Creating and working together?  Then we have the best summer spot for you with Legos, K’Nex, Art, Engineering challenges, and more!

 And what’s a library without BOOKS?  We will have lots of new titles in all genere’s from Children’s to YA to Adult!

 And there will be SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!  

 So come out and support Friends of the Library, April 15th at 8am at the Library for our Bake & Book Sale!


 The Friends of the Library Membership Tea is our annual fundraiser being held at the Baylor County Library on Thursday, February 16th from 4-6pm to support various programming in the library.  Memberships are $5 per person and $10 a family.  This year’s entertainment will be the middle school poetry speakers.  We also encourage you to come and see the interesting book displays and get information on how you can check out ebooks from our library from the comfort of your own home!  If you are unable to attend, but would like to give there is a “Donate Now” button on the website  Memorial and honorary donations are accepted as well and will be noted in the books or supplies used to purchase.  If you would like to become a friend, we meet the first Monday of each odd month at 4 p.m. in the library. 


FOTL Means Community Impact

 Being a friend of the library means you are vested in our community’s education, love of books & reading, but also dedicated to the preservation of an entity that services over 10,000 people a year!  The Friends of the Library is ready for you to partner with us to make a difference.  We are excited for what our 2017 Summer Reading program will hold for our youth and adults alike as we will be offering fantastic prizes, upgraded equipment, and booking exciting talent for your entertainment.  Patrons are also encouraged to participate in the 2017 Reading Challenge.  Challenge Bookmarks can be picked up at the library.

Our Mission

…Is to promote the continued existence and effectiveness of the Baylor County Free Library to the community, to promote the Library as a vital informational, cultural, educational, and recreational asset to the community and surrounding areas, to assist the Library with volunteer services when needed, to raise funds when possible to supplement special items that are not provided by the Library budget and to be an organization for alumni, faculty, students and friends to unite in support of the library.

Our History

Mrs. J.M. Roach, one of the founding members of the Pierian Club, was the first to suggest buying books and establishing a library. This was started on a small scale in 1912. Through many years and many moves, the library was kept open two afternoons a week by the membership. New books were secured through donations or purchased with library dues and fines. From 1933-1936, a librarian's salary was available through the Works Progress Administration (WPA). When this terminated, the Chamber of Commerce came to the rescue and paid the librarian's salary for a while.

In 1950 the Pierian Club library became the Baylor County Free Library, through the combined efforts of Mrs. Lincoln Burns, Mrs. J.M. Edwards, members of the County and State Aid to Libraries Boards, the County Judge and the Commissioner's Court for Baylor County.

The Friends of the Seymour Library group was formed in 1969 to assist the library financially as well as through volunteering and programming.

Please join us Thursday, February 16th from 4 to 6pm at the Baylor County Library to support your Friends of the Library!


October 16-22, 2016, is the 11th annual celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, making it a good time to publicly thank the Friends of the Baylor County Library who contribute so much of their time and expertise to significantly enhance our services. In the last three years our Friends group has donated $1236.99 towards the Summer/Winter Reading Programs and $1949 towards new book purchases.  The Friends of the library also hold annual book sales during the Cruisin’ The Brazos Car Show and a Bake Sale in the Spring & Fall to raise money and awareness for their cause.  Many of our children and grandchildren have benefitted from the Summer Reading Program which aids in literacy loss during the summer months. 


I know that the Baylor County Library is a source of pride for our community. Our Friends group is a source of pride as well. I hope this week everyone will call or visit the library to find out how they can join and support this outstanding group.