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Hometown Pride Tour: Tom Burnett Memorial Library

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IOWA PARK, TX (KAUZ) -

We continue our trip through Iowa Park on our Hometown Pride Tour.
We stopped at the Tom Burnett Memorial Library.
The library sits right in the middle of town and has a Texas Historical Marker in front of it.
The Iowa Park library was created through an Evening Lions Club project in 1961.
It did not move to this location until march of 1986.
The establishment does not just serve as a library, but also a museum.
    "I try to make the library a center point for the community," Library Director, Amie Schultz said. "The building itself has been used on the city seal. It is a center point for the community and has been for many years. But we try to focus on family friendly events. We just have so much to offer here in Iowa Park that I feel like people should really give it a chance."
Tom Burnett, the son of Burk Burnett, was a local rancher and very involved in the rodeo.
His old house now serves as the Iowa Park library, leaving it oozing with history.
Schultz said many have fond memories of the rancher.
    "He was greatly involved with this community when he lived here," Schultz said. "I have had many elderly people come in here and tell me stories of when they were children and the experiences they had with Tom Burnett, which is interesting. And the thing that everyone says about him is that he was very kind and generous. Especially with people that were less fortunate than himself."
You can come to the library to see what the house looked like then compared to now.
    "We have a book that's always available for people to see photographs of the building before it was changed into the library." Schultz said. "You can see where the walls were and maybe the doors we might have added or moved and things like that."
The library has a lot of the original features from the house including chandeliers, door knobs and tables just to name a few.
However Schultz said the library itself also has a lot to offer.
    "We have educational programs from the master gardeners and financial programs for people to come to, as well as different arts and crafts programs and music programs," Schultz said. "We do outdoor movies and indoor movies. There's no end to the possibilities of what our library can be for this community."
Schultz said if anyone from the community needs help, they are willing to help.
    "We are here and our job is to serve our community," Schultz said. "So if you need help or have questions about the community, we're the information source for the community. You can come in and talk to us. We would love to help people out. And we want people to take advantage of the services we provide. Sometimes people don't understand all the services that are available here at the library."
A fun fact about Tom Burnett is that he set up and hosted a wolf hunt right here in Texoma.
The hunt included the likes of Burk Burnett, Quanah Parker and president Theodore Roosevelt.
Schultz said anyone that wants a tour can come by and they will show you around the house.
They have extended their hours Monday through Thursday to close at 8 p.m. so more people can come check it out.

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