The Jane Yelvington McCallum La Vernia Library will open to patrons Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Named for a Texas suffragist leader who was born in La Vernia and became the Texas secretary of state (see below), the library is housed in the La Vernia News office, at 112 E. Chihuahua St. A grand opening event will take place Jan. 20, according to Wilson County Public Libraries Director Nicki Stohr.
Amenities will include:
•10 first-run DVDs each month
•15 New York Times best sellers a month
•Eight large-print Westerns each quarter, starting in February
•Children’s books and movies
•Two Internet public access terminals, and printing.
Also available will be an AWE Learning Station Computer with a touch screen. This computer offers fun, interactive, and engaging content that spans seven curricular areas, and 26 learning games that offer English and bilingual Spanish versions.
An iPad tablet can be checked out for in-house use, and a long study table can be used in quieter times.
Patrons can reserve library-owned materials housed in other county facilities, borrow from other Texas libraries, or download eBooks and audiobooks from Overdrive.
Younger patrons can participate in the library’s Summer Reading program.
And “... we will be delivering a Mobile Makerspace,” Stohr said. “This mobile cart will be stocked with a variety of STEAM activities to appeal to young children, as well as teens. Activities will be traded out on a regular basis.”
Hours of operation will be:
•Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed for lunch noon to 1 p.m.
•Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
•Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Watch for more on the library’s grand opening in a coming issue of the La Vernia News!
Jane Yelvington McCallum
According to The Handbook of Texas online, Jane Yelvington McCallum was born Dec. 30, 1877, in La Vernia. After schooling in Wilson County and Dr. Zealey’s Female College in Mississippi, she also studied at the University of Texas at Austin, but never received a degree.
Jane campaigned for Prohibition and women’s suffrage, and was elected president of the Austin Women’s Suffrage Association in 1915. With Minnie Fisher Cunningham, she led statewide campaigns for suffrage. She was the state chairman for ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
She was appointed Texas secretary of state by Gov. Daniel J. Moody in 1927, a role she continued under Gov. Ross Sterling from 1931-33.
As secretary of state, she discovered an original copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence in a Capitol vault. She counted her role in its restoration and display among her important contributions to the state.
Jane and her husband, Arthur Newell McCallum Sr., had four children. He served as superintendent of the Austin schools from 1903-42.
She remained active in civic affairs throughout her life and wrote frequently on women’s issues and women leaders.
Jane Yelvington McCallum died Aug. 14, 1957, in Austin.