Allan Shivers Library & Museum

About Us

History of Allan Shivers Library & Museum

The building housing the Allan Shivers Museum was built by Robert A. Cruse in 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Allan Shivers secured possession of the building and had it moved to its present location where it was restored and converted into a museum for mementos of the Allan Shivers gubernatorial service. Adjoining the museum, a completely equipped library for reading, study, and research was constructed. The formal dedication was held in October 1966.

In 2003, under the direction of Rosemary Mosey-Bunch with her husband, John Bunch, the Children’s Reading Room was created in the area between the two buildings. On the wall of this room is the original tile painting by Clyde Gray.

The most recent extension of the library is the John and Rosemary Bunch Reading and Meeting Room. The material and activities of this room focus on the senior population of Tyler County. The room opened in late August 2010.

Programs, Clubs, and Services Offered

Check our weekly Booster Article or on our Facebook PAGE for up-to-date Information on event days and times.


Story Hour - For ages 3-6 we have Story Hour every other Wednesday at 10 - 11 am Come for a story, a song, and a craft for learning fun to get your little one kindergarten-ready (opposite of Toddler Time and Creative Zone) from 10a-11a

Education Explorers - For ages 6-12 This is held every other Wednesday from 10-11 am we explore different viewpoints, critical thinking, hands-on activities, and art (opposite of Toddler Time and Creative Zone) from 10a-11a

Creative Zone - 4-12—Craft time! The craft will have educational points but always be fun Every other Wednesday (opposite of Story Time/Education Explorers) from 10a-11a

Toddler Time -  For ages 0-3 every other Wednesday at 10a - 11a.  (opposite of Story Time/Education Explorers) Come for a story, a song, and learning fun. 

Coffee, Community, and Conversations - Free coffee! First Saturday of the month We will often have an author or special guest to get to know 

Diamond Painting - Diamond Art is as simple as taking tiny jewels and sticking them onto the canvas It creates a sparkling 'painting" We will help you with setup and tips and tricks to get you started  Each month a new theme 

Dungeons & Dragons - Ages 14 and up Role-playing game that uses math, critical thinking, and social skills to level up in this amazing game

 Pop-up Events - These events are held when the school kids are out of classes for holidays and summer

Summer Reading Program: Creating Curiosity! : Every summer we host a reading program for ages 5-13. Please check Facebook for dates and details. There is also a party day to celebrate and give awards and prizes to our top readers.


Senior Reading Club - Every Tuesday from 12-2 this group meets to discuss life and their most recent books read 

Pins and Needles Quilting Bee - Learning to quilt is for all ages They meet on the first, third, & fifth Monday of each month

Woman’s Study Club - Meetings are 2nd Tuesday of the month to visit, learn, plan volunteer work, and share experiences CLUB MOTTO: If one light shines, the one next to it catches the gleam It is the inflection of influence


Services Offered 

 Nursing Home Delivery - We deliver as needed and requested to our community nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and Terracewood Apartments

Teach-Me-Tech - Need help downloading books, photos, or sending emails Any and all tech questions can be submitted and we will set a time for 30 minutes of one-on-one technical help

 Friends of the Library and Museum - Friends helped form this library and the friends help us serve our community Join for volunteer and learning opportunities

Book Sale - Every Friday (except when closed) our Friends of the Library and Museum sell used books, audiobooks, and DVDs to raise money for the library


All clubs are welcoming new members. We are always open to new suggestions for clubs - Please contact the Director for more information.