Our Wharton Location

One of the goals of the Wharton County Library is to provide the county population with a well-trained staff that offers excellent customer service. In order to reach the high customer service, the Library offers residents necessary technology tools and services, such as, an updated Library Website, study rooms, public computers, as well as printing, copying, and scanning services.

Wharton Main Library is the largest branch of the Wharton County Library System; and serves as the Headquarters where all major library operations are conducted; such as: acquisitions, cataloguing, processing, weeding, and collection development. As a result of these operations, ready to use library materials are delivered to branches in order to serve their communities. The Main Library also serves as a storage facility for all office supplies and materials. It is really a busy “working” Branch.

The offices of the Library Administration are located at the Main Library.

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Meet OUR TEAM

Our Wharton location team consists of the Library Director, Assistant Director, Bookkeeper, Acquisitions Librarian, Reference Librarian, Children’s Librarian, and Circulation Librarian along with two part-time librarians who are our best helpers with shelving the collection.

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Elene Gedevani - Director of the Wharton County Library System

My name is Elene Gedevani. Prior to coming to the WCL in 2013, I was Director of the Art Institute of Houston Library where students were seeking creative careers though higher education.

At present, as a Library Director of the Wharton County Library System and being in management for more than 30 years, I still very much enjoy what I do. Do you know why? Because the most important part of my job is interacting with people, whether it is inside the Department (Library staff), or outside – serving the County residents. This is definitely the main reason that gives me joy at work.

I am very proud of the work we do to provide various literacy initiatives for children and adults in order to benefit the residents of the Wharton County.

As many other professions, Librarianship is enjoyable, exciting & interesting. What could be more enjoyable when you see that your team is strongly motivated and dedicated to serve more and more Library patrons in the community!

And… I like questions, so, PLEASE ask!

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Gloria Barrera – Assistant Library Director, Wharton County Library system

As Assistant Director of the Wharton County Library System, my role is to assist the Library Director in overseeing all aspects of the library system.  I provide guidance and leadership to all staff within the four branches of the library system. I maintain all staff schedules as well as participate in decision making for all major projects in maintenance related to buildings, and technology, including those for each library branch. My position allows me to be involved in all daily operations of the library system, from administration, circulation, programs, cataloguing, collection development, training, and most importantly customer service. 

Wharton County Library System strives to maintain excellent customer service not only to the residents of Wharton County but also to those just passing through the area. 

“Small Town Library, Big Time Books”
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Michelle Rieger – Acquisitions, Wharton County Library system

Hi everyone!  My name is Michelle.  I am your “Acquisitions Librarian”.  I order all your books, DVD’s, and audio books for all branches of the Wharton County Library System.  Not only do I order, but I also unload all shipments, catalog books, and sometimes, help out on processing them.

I also worked the front circulation desk as “Circulation Librarian” for 10 ½ years and really enjoyed serving the Library patrons. I decided I was ready to conquer a new challenge and 4 years ago I was promoted to the Acquisitions Librarian.

Even though I work behind the scenes, I am still available to come up and visit with patrons, just ask for me.

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Rhonda Mason - Bookkeeper /Circulation Librarian Wharton Main Branch

My name is Rhonda L Mason., the newest member of the Wharton County Library System.

Before joining the Library as the Accountant/Circulation Librarian, I have spent the last 22 years in the University of Texas at Austin and in Corporate accounting here, in Wharton.  As a wife, mother, and grandmother, I have enjoyed all that the Library system has to offer, from a good book to the Summer Reading Programs and activities.

As an Accountant of the entire Library system of 4 branches, I am in charge of all accounting of the Library payables and grant funding. I manage the daily payables and keep track of all incoming and outgoing funds.  At the same time, being the 2nd Circulation Librarian, I get the pleasure of assisting, talking, and meeting exceptional members of our community. In both roles, I enjoy to interact with many people, local, and throughout the country.  I look forward too many new experiences and getting to know our patrons.

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Kay Bollom - Children’s Librarian, Wharton County Library, Wharton Main Branch

I’m Kay Bollom, and I spent 35 years in public schools as a Choir Director before singing myself into the Library. It took me a while, but I finally made my way here, and I’m very glad I did. I love working with children, and Story times are always a fun part of my day. My grandchildren are rather spread out, so I’ve chosen to adopt the ones that come into the Library. You may see me running around dressed as a pirate or a dinosaur, and that’s because I believe your imagination should never grow old. I enjoy reading my Young Adult novels as much as anything in the adult section, proving that good literature is good literature at any level. I have a passion for traveling, so I love the books that take me back to places I’ve visited, as well as those that encourage me to go to unexplored areas. The Library is filled with educational, recreational, and cultural treasures for anyone who wants to know and enjoy the world. The most important aspect of my job as Children’s Librarian is to welcome and encourage children of all ages to understand, use, and appreciate the many and various resources available to them in the children’s section. I am very proud of our collection and look forward to showing it to our visitors.
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Lulu Meek – Circulation Librarian, Wharton Main Branch

Hello everyone! I’m Lulu, your Circulation Librarian. I love greeting each person and making sure they have a pleasant library experience. I help them find information and services to get them on with their lives. Human interaction is an important value. Having conversations with patrons about how the library makes a difference in their lives is the most fulfilling part of being a librarian. I truly believe in our slogan…Small Town Libraries, Big Time Books!
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Yvonne Lijffijt-Ploum – Reference Librarian, Wharton Main Library

My job includes many duties: researching information, answering computer/printer questions, assisting patrons at the copier, updating Facebook and our website with activities or news about our library, or finding the requested books in our library or other libraries in Texas. All of these job duties have one thing in common: they give me an opportunity to help people. Helping our patrons is my favorite part of being a Reference Librarian!
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Theresa Martinez –Shelver, Wharton Main Library

As a part-time shelver for Wharton County Library, I am responsible for shelving and sorting all library materials, assisting patrons with questions such as location of materials, covering books, and assisting at the circulation desk. I sort the newspapers, discard or donate the old issues and assist patrons at the computers as needed. My favorite part of the job is coming up with ideas for creating an enjoyable view of the bulletin board for our patrons. I strive to provide good customer service to our patrons so they will continue to visit the library. These are just some of the things I like about working at Wharton County Library.

Our Hours
of operation


Contact Us Today!
Monday: 9:30am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:30am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Friday: 9:30am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 3:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Address

1920 N. Fulton Street
Wharton, Texas 77488

Phone

979-532-8080

Services

Children's Programs:
Preschool Storytime (ages: infants-age 4)
Mondays 9:30-10 a.m.
Family Storytime (all ages)
Wednesdays 2:00 - 2:30 pm.
Special Services:
Friends of the Library Bookstore
Meeting Room/ Conference Room
Study Rooms
Public Access Computers/Wi-Fi
Photocopier (.10 for b/w copy, .50 for color copy)