Grapeland Public Library

212 North Oak Street
Grapeland, TX 75844


The Grapeland Public Library is the result of the dream of a young man, Brent Alan Pridgen, who loved this town and felt that “every town should have a library.”

Brent's vision and the library's stated purpose are two-fold:

  • To preserve the building, formerly known as the First United Methodist church, for posterity;

  • To establish and administer a public library in Grapeland, Texas.

Brent guided the establishment of both the library and the Pridgen Foundation which supports it. Although he passed away in 2004, shortly after the library opened, Brent's vision and dedication continue to inspire staff, volunteers, and the community which supports the Grapeland Public Library.

All renovations of the building, for example, are designed with the goal of retaining the charm and ambiance of this beautiful, historic building. Inside and out, the building reflects it church heritage, retaining the original wood floors, much of the wood-work and original fixtures, and many stained glass windows. The shelving was custom-built to accommodate the angle of the floors leading to the former pulpit area, now the circulation desk.

The fact that the building hails from the 1920's doesn't stop the library from providing thoroughly modern services, however. In addition to a wide selection of print and audio resources, the library offers internet and computer access, a variety of research tools and reading aids, meeting rooms, etc

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