Nicholas P. Sims Library, Waxahachie
One of the oldest, and most beautiful libraries in Texas is the Nicholas P. Sims Library in Waxahachie. It was built in 1904 and opened to the public in 1905.
Built in Renaissance style with marble and classic columns, it’s a beautiful place to visit, even if you don’t intend to do any reading.
For a family like ours, that loves Texas History and loves to read, the Grand Re-opening of the library, closed for four months for repairs, made for a perfect daytrip destination.
As soon as we walked into the library, my children immediately seperated, each heading up one of the two winding staircases that lead to the Lyceum. If you aren’t sure what a Lyceum is, don’t feel alone. I looked it up before we made the trip. It’s similar to an auditorium, where music recitals, plays or public speeches are made. It can be our word of the day.
The Lyceum was amazing, and MOST of the features, like the wood floors, original seats, delicate carvings and pressed tin ceiling are original. Only the stage flooring, drapes and some of the lighting has been replaced.
We made our way downstairs to the Main Library for cookies, cake and lemonade.
My five year old kept referring to it as a museum. It’s easy to see why, isn’t it?
There have been two wing additions to the library, and one houses the Children’s Library. My children loved how it was seperate from the rest of the library. They played computer games, and were given balloons by Corn E. Dawg, a local clown and balloon artist.
We laughed watching a show from the Twinkle Star Puppet Theatre, and reading (and singing with) the book, Pete the Cat, one of our new favorite stories! The kids made crafts, and Tail Waggin’ Tutors was also on hand. These cuddly canines are brought in to encourage children to read to them.
Before we left, I spotted these puzzles that the library loans out. I LOVE this idea, and applaud the library for it!
This adorable little storybook town is one of our favorite destinations. Read about our Halloween visit to the Haunted Catfish Plantation. We also look forward to the annual Bethlehem Revisisted each December, in conjunction with their Candlelight Tour of Homes.
Historic Texas Libraries
Some other historic Texas libraries worthy of a visit are:
Tyrrell Historical Library in Beaumont
The Rosenberg Library in Galveston
Keep Having Fun in the Texas Sun!