City of Chico, Texas
|Chico Public Library
106 W Jacksboro, Chico, TX 76431
The Chico Public Library, Inc. was started by the Women's Study Club (now
called the Chico Women's Club) in 1975. Current best sellers were donated
and collected to fill the library's first shelves. The county commissioners
issued the first of yearly checks for $250 to support their efforts
The Women's Club purchased the Brown Hotel built in 1888 and abandoned in
1960 and with much fund raising refurbished the hotel to become a public
library and civic center. Mrs. Lavonia Hawkins, president of the club opened
the building for the library and the women had a note burning celebration in
April of 1976.
In 1990 when it was no longer possible to maintain the civic center the library
moved to a mercantile store front on the square. Mary Rexin, the library
director, and a volunteer committee moved book by book to the new building.
In 1996 the owner of the building announced its sale and the library board
collected enough in just six months to purchase the building. Because of the
generosity of citizens, of business owners and industry in the area the library
is able to remain on the square in the center of town. Prior to the sale the
library incorporated and was granted non-profit status by the state and
Through the generosity the Tocker Foundation the lighting in the library was
upgraded, an ADA bathroom was built, on-going remodeling has been
financed and the library has moved into the computer age. Patrons have nine
computers with Internet connections for their use and there are computer
classes for different levels. Test preparation for GED, SAT and military exams
are available on-line.
The library boasts a vast collection of library classics as well as the most
current books and a large video collection.
An annual quilt day event is held each spring.