Your username is the last five digits on the back of your library card. Your password is the phone number, including area code, that we have on file for you.
Support your library during budget hearings!
The Grand Saline Public Library is preparing to talk to the Commissioner’s Court to defend the funding that we receive each year from the county. Over the last few years both the Van Zandt County Library and the Grand Saline Public Library have received funds from Van Zandt County. Last year (and the years prior) the GSPL received $10,500 while the Van Zandt County Library was budgeted $125,725 (which included $107,472 for personnel costs). This year the Van Community Library and the Tri-County Library in Mabank, which serve Van Zandt County patrons, are asking for funding from Van Zandt County. We at the GSPL feel that library funding at the county level provides the libraries in our county with the means to help our citizens in ways that few realize. Our libraries work every day with citizens of this county and surrounding counties to help them get jobs and find the resources they need to improve their lives which in turn improve Van Zandt County. On August 10, 2016, the GSPL will be going to speak to the Commissioners of Van Zandt County and we would love your support. It’s important that they know how important libraries are in our county. We believe that all the libraries in our county deserve financial support. And we believe that all the libraries have an obligation to use those funds as wisely and as prudently as possible. We are not asking for additional funds for our library. We are asking only that we be able to maintain the funding that we currently receive. We are not asking that any other library give up their funds for us. We are asking that our current level of funding simply be maintained. We are asking to preserve an asset that many of you depend on in many different ways. The following is an article that we have shared in the past about how GSPL uses our funding. Please take a moment to read this information. We would love to have your support. Following the article is the contact information for the commissioners and we would appreciate anyone who reaches out to them in support of the libraries in our county. Thank you.
What’s your annual income? Could your family survive on $10,500 a year? The Grand Saline Public Library is budgeted $10,500 each year from Van Zandt County. The City of Grand Saline pays the librarian’s salary and benefits, insurance on the facility, and provides a small maintenance fund each year. The money the library gets from the county is all that we are guaranteed to have to operate the library on. What can be done with that amount and what can you do to help the library? In 2015, after paying the electricity, heating, phones, maintenance and internet bills, that $10,500 the library is budgeted was down to $1660. After paying the dues for our circulation system and our Texas State database lease fees, we were down to $649. That’s $649 for 30 days a month, 12 months a year. That’s $54 a month. With that $54 a month, we needed to buy books, audio books, DVDs, buy the materials needed for the summer reading program and other events that we host, purchase office/library supplies, and maintain our computers and other technology. There is no way that that the money we are budgeted can meet those needs. How do we make up the difference? One of the most important ways that we can get funding for special projects is through grants. Applying for grants is a time consuming process with no guarantee of a positive outcome but it is well worth our time and grant money is vital to library survival. Because grant funds are not guaranteed, donations from the community are essential to the library. The Athena Club, Terry Foundation and Morton Salt are big supporters of the library and because of them we are able to fund programs and summer reading. The Friends of the Library exist to help raise money to support the library. The library gets memorial donations and funds from the fines and the fees we charge for services such as copies, prints, and faxes. How much is the library worth to you? Did you know that for every dollar invested in public libraries, Texans receive $4.42 worth of library services and value in return? If you check out just one book and movie a month and use the computers just two hours a month, that equals out to a savings of $198 a year. If you only use the library for your children to attend the summer reading programs, the value you receive is $124 a child. We have many people who use the public computers and Wi-Fi for work and school. If you use the computers or Wi-Fi for five hours a month, the annual value is $720. By checking out 10 children’s books a month, your annual value is $1440. If you aren’t using the library, we’d like to see you start. When you think about giving, think about the library. Your contributions to libraries go a long way when you consider that for every dollar spent the return is over four times as much. Invest in your local library--it’s worth it. More importantly please let our local leaders know how much we value the library. The money they invest is returned directly back to community and the return on that investment is priceless. Precinct 1 Commissioner, Brandon Brown Precinct 2 Commissioner, Virgil Melton, Jr. Precinct 3 Commissioner, Bobby Chaney Precinct 4 Commissioner, Tim West 121 E. Dallas St., Canton, Texas 75103 Office Phone: 903-567-2166 Office Fax: 903-567-5473 email@example.com
You can check out eBooks and download audio books as a cardholder at Grand Saline Public Library. If you know your library card number you can go to the website below to start checking out books today. If your device uses apps - then just download the Overdrive Media app to get started.
Your username is will be your library card number and your password is the last four digits of the phone number we have on file for you. If you have an older library card with just five numbers on the back you will need to add the following numbers before your numbers 299040000. If you still can't get logged on it may be because we have an old phone number for you. Please message on facebook, email us, or call us at (903)962-5516 if you need assistance. If you can't reach us during normal business hours because of your schedule please let us know when would be good time to reach you in your message and we will try to get back to you at a more convenient time.
As of Monday, January 11, 2016 the log-in and passwords for the Overdrive system have changed. Your log-in is now the last five digits of your library card number. Your password is your entire phone number, including the area code. If you are having problems please contact the library. In addition, you can now checkout Overdrive materials using the Library Catalog link above instead of going to the Overdrive site.
Do you love your library? The Grand Saline Public Library has volunteer opportunities available. Contact the Librarian for more information.
Grand Saline Public Library 201 E. Pacific Grand Saline, TX 75140 (903) 962-5516 f (903) 962-6866