The children’s area at our public library was made
possible by Mr. and Mrs. Otto “Jimmy” Borchers,
the Pilot Club of Yoakum and funds from a Loan
Star Grant, along with the help of our librarian,
and other city personnel.  In this section, children
may relax on the couches and chairs while
enjoying easy picture books, early readers books
and chapter books.
Story-time is held in the Witte Room at the Library from 10:00 a.m.
to 11:00 a.m. on scheduled days. This program is designed for kids
ages 3-6 years old, but all are welcome.  We include a variety of
reading, story-telling, singing, dancing, arts & crafts, and other
engaging activities. Reading to children at an early age helps support
early literacy that can lead to a life-long love of reading and
learning.  Schedules are posted on this website and published in the
local newspaper. Click
HERE for the 2017 schedule! Make plans to
come to the library! No registration is necessary and it's completely
Every summer, the Library hosts a fun and educational reading program and a series of presentations for children of all ages.  This
program generally begins in June and runs through the end of July.  The reading program is designed to encourage reading throughout the
summer months and offers incentive prizes to those reading. Prizes are awarded at the end of July to the top readers; the types of prizes
depends on budget availability.  The presentation schedule consists of tons of exciting programs sure to catch your attention. Past
presentations have included a magician, story tellers, park ranger, how to save money, live animals, fossils, spiders, and MUCH MORE!  
Schedules are generally released a couple of months prior to June and will be published on this website, in the local newspaper, and
distributed to area schools.
Summer Reading Program
Children's Section
ABCMouse FREE at the Library!
Kid's Search Engine
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Carl & Mary Welhausen Library
810 Front Street
Yoakum, TX 77995
Phone #:  (361) 293-5001
Teen Services
Homework Help &
Research Sites
Our library also offers a unique "youth" section for the 2nd - 5th
grade readers.  This section includes early chapter books of
interest to those children that are just not ready for the junior fiction.
Istation available on public
computers for Yoakum Primary
Online Schools
Looking for an online
school option for your
children? Try this link
for more information
Library Receives Texas Book Festival Collection
Enhancement Grant for Audiobooks
Come by the library this summer to see what’s NEW! We are
increasing the number of audio books within the junior and
young adult sections.  All new material will be on display
throughout the months of June and July and will be available for
check out.  After this time, they will be moved to their proper
location within the junior and young adult sections.  Never
checked out an audio book before? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!
Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity.

Since the Texas Book Festival was founded in 1995, it has been
a part of the mission to promote literacy and Texas libraries.
Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival, in
Austin, support the grants that are distributed the following
year.  Since 1996, the organization has funded an approximate
1,121 grants totaling more than $2.9 million to over 600 libraries
in Texas. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity
and availability of literature within their communities.

The Carl and Mary Welhausen Library also received a grant
from the Texas Book Festival in 2016 in the amount of $2,500
to enhance the Children’s Spanish Bi-lingual section. Don’t
forget about this amazing section!
Library Receives Juvenile Services Grant
The Carl and Mary Welhausen Library has recently been awarded a grant from the Tocker Foundation in the amount of
$8,489 to assist with the addition of new material, story time supplies, and activity centers within the children’s, junior, and young adult
sections of the library.  
The Tocker Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the “little” Texas libraries assisting those serving a population of 12,000 or less.  
This Foundation was established in 1964 to implement the philanthropic interest of Phillip and Olive Tocker.
Their overall focus is to assist libraries in making services more accessible to the communities they serve.
The Library and the City of Yoakum would like to take this opportunity to thank the Tocker Foundation for their hard work,
commitment to libraries, and for the gracious award of this grant and other grants provided to our library. To date, they have provided
funding to the Carl and Mary Welhausen Library totaling an amount of $131,624.