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Goliad County Library
Mission Statement
The mission of the Goliad County Library is to provide the community the resources and services for their informational, educational, cultural, and professional needs. The library has a special mission to foster a love of reading and lifelong learning. The library is committed to preserving the integrity of the special collections in the Texas History Room.


Notice from the Goliad County Library:

In order to maximize the protection of our patrons and staff we feel it necessary to be closed to the public for a period of time beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3, 2020. At that time we will re-access the circumstances and update our patrons.

We invite our adult (ONLY) patrons to come in and check out enough reading material to get them through this crisis by 3p.m. this Thursday, March 19. DVD’s are still limited to 2 per household.

If interested in e-books, feel free to phone the library for assistance.

If, during this time you need research assistance, please email your request to sparks@goliadcountytx.gov.

We ask patrons to please return all items to the drop box as they become due. Please give us a call if you need to recheck any materials.

For more information, please call 361-645-2291, or email the Library Director at cjanota@goliadcountytx.gov

We wish our patrons well during this difficult time.


Summer Reading Challenge FUN!

The Goliad County Library, in partnership with the Goliad County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office are offering some reading challenge fun this summer with “FRED: Families Reading Every Day.” Developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an educational agency affiliated with the Texas A&M System, FRED is designed to encourage parents to read to their children daily. The program aims to increase family involvement in children’s literacy development, improve the quality of family relationships, and encourage healthy behaviors. FRED is based on the belief that for children to reach their highest academic potential, parents must be actively involved in all aspects of their education and development. 

This free program is open to youth of all ages. The program is running July 1st thru August 12th. Registrations are being accepted from July 1st thru July 15th. Registration is done online at https://fch.tamu.edu/fred, and can be completed from a smart device or computer. All children will receive a certificate upon completion of the program (generated by the online system). For more information please contact the library at (361)645-2291 or email cjanota@goliadcountytx.gov.

Beginning July 1st the library will allow parents to bring their children in to checkout reading material and movies only. All interactives have been removed until further notice, patrons are required to wear a mask and social distancing must be practiced.

“Families Reading Every Day” Program Website Instructions

“Families Reading Every Day” Program Parent Guide

County Librarian
Claudine Janota
320 S. Commercial
Goliad, Texas 77963
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Monday - Thursday 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM

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September 2020 Bestsellers

                                                                          Adult Fiction

  1.  Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
  2. Near Dark, by Brad Thor
  3. The Order, by Daniel Silva
  4. The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
  5. 28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand
  6. The Guest List, by Lucy Foley
  7. Axiom’s End, by Lindsay Ellis
  8. Camino Winds, by John Grisham
  9. Peace Talks, by Jim Butcher
  10. American Dirt, by Jeanine Cummins



  1. Too Much and Never Enough, by Mary L Trump
  2. The Answer Is…, by Alex Trebek
  3. How to Destroy American in Three Easy Steps, by Ben Shapiro
  4. How to be an Antiracist, by Ibram X Kendi
  5. The Room Where it Happened, by John Bolton
  6. Untamed, by Glennon Doyle
  7. Begin Again, by Eddie S Glaude Jr
  8. Breath, by James Nestor
  9. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  10. Educated, by Tara Westover


                         Junior Fiction

  1. Stamped, by Jason Reynolds
  2. Avatar, the Last Airbender: The Shadow of Kyoshi, by F C Yee
  3. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
  4. One of Us is Lying, by Karen M McManus
  5. Hawk, by James Patterson
  6. Chain of Gold, by Cassandra Clare
  7. The Betrothed, by Kiera Cass
  8. Clap When You Land, by Elizabeth Acevedo
  9. Children of Virtue and Vengeance, by Tomi Adeyemi
  10. Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi


    List Provided by The New York Times


















    J.A. White Family Goliad Center for Texas History

The J.A. White Family Goliad Center for Texas History located in the Goliad County Library seeks to collect, preserve, and provide access to significant materials that document the history of Goliad County and the Coastal Bend Region.

Presently, collections in the Center consist of materials regarding the Judge J.A. White Family, the Markethouse Museum, Patsy Light, Tim VonDohlen, as well as the record collections of local organizations, including the First United Methodist Church of Goliad. Collections are composed of various formats, including journals, newspapers, ephemera, manuscripts, maps, photographs, yearbooks, newspapers on microfilm and DVDs, audio recordings, scrapbooks, genealogies, a vertical file, and the Texana book collection, which consists of over 800 titles. We also have bound oral history interviews from members of our community, which supplement the historical records and holdings in the Goliad Center for Texas History.

The Center receives researchers primarily interested in Goliad’s role in Texas History and genealogy, and we encourage anyone and everyone to stop by and visit our new facility and view our holdings. Please keep in mind that the Goliad Center for Texas History is an archives, and as such, the majority of the materials are non-circulating and cannot leave the building. If you are interested in visiting us, Shelley Parks, Curator for the Center for Texas History is available  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 8a.m. to 5:00p.m. You may also contact Shelley by phone at 361-645-2291 or email, sparks@goliadcountytx.gov.


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