Posted by Ken and Betty Haas:
My how times fly! It is hard to believe that we have enjoyed five years of a wonderful “State of the Art” library. Not only was a great vision used to build and furnish our library, we continue to marvel at the number of people who use the library as well as the programs that are implemented by the staff.
In 1964 Ken had the honor of being on the board of Azle’s first library. Ms. Eula C. Nation was the lady who envisioned the need for a public library in Azle. With her guidance and the support with donations of books and money from the community, we began in a hole in the wall on the south side of Main Street, then to the current location of the Azle Historical Museum and then on to this magnificent facility we have today.
Traditions that were begun in earlier library locations such as the children’s story time and summer reading programs have been continued, as well as the implementation of new, innovative programs for teens and adults. The Azle Memorial Library has enrichment opportunities for everyone.
Ken served on the North Texas Regional Library System board, and it was always an honor to have some of the meetings in Azle. Many people in Azle don’t really realize how fortunate we are to have this caliber of library in our community. Other communities don’t have the community support that we do. Our community leaders and patrons must continue to give the library support so that it can continue to grow with technology and innovations that may come along in the future.
We have come a long way from 1964. We have had two great visionaries, who will be next?