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Bell Whittington Public Library: Best Small Library in America 2013-Finalist
                     Summer 2014    

Fizz! Boom Read!  Spark A Reaction!
Summer Reading Program

June & July 2014
Bell/Whittington Public Library
For youth in 12th Grade and younger (babies & toddlers too)!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Summer Reading Program!  If you submitted at least one reading sheet then we invite you to join us and celebrate your accomplishment at the following events:

Reader's Pool Party
Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Portland Aquatics Center
Refreshments served, parents/guardians of reader's welcome!

Red Carpet Gala
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6-8 p.m.
Bell/Whittington Public Library
Refreshments served, pick up your reading certificate!
If you are unable to attend the Red Carpet Gala you will have until Saturday, August 30, 2014 to pick up your reading certificate and prize (if applicable). 
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We are pleased to announce that two new online resources have been added to our collection.  The Chilton's Reference and Legal Forms.  Click on the links to access these new resources.                


Bell Whittington Public Library
Serving a population of 15,099 in a satellite community near Corpus Christi, this library does an awful lot with the $29 per capita budget at its disposal. The judges noted innovative outreach that can easily be duplicated by other libraries, while judge Julie Hildebrand called it “amazing considering the size of their staff,” just three full-time, four part-time. The library’s recent record of programming with high attendance numbers and a strong focus on technology is well demonstrated by the “Seniors in Cyberspace” program held in partnership with senior centers and other community sites such as the local Dairy Queen restaurants. Attendance for the course reached 1,758, with evaluations showing 100 percent rate of achievement in signing up for new email addresses.
2013 Finalist National Medal for Museum and Library Service        

Winner Texas Library Association's "Libraries Change Communities" Award 2013

Our Mission:
  • We provide cost-effective quality service, programs and materials in a variety of formats in order to meet the educational, recreational and cultural needs of all the citizens of Portland and the surrounding communities
  • We provide exemplary customer service in a friendly, timely and efficient manner to all citizens equally.
  • We stimulate the awareness and use of libraries to promote individual enlightenment, community enrichment, and economic vitality throughout the city and work with other city organizations and entities to enhance existing services and develop new and innovative programs and services.
  • We are committed to inform, entertain, enrich, and to foster the self-learning process by facilitating access to our collections, services, and facilities to all members of the community.

We are dedicated to serving our patrons and providing excellence in customer service.  Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!  Please feel free to let us know what materials, services and programs you would like to see offered by the library.

The Bell/Whittington Library is located in the scenic Coastal Bend of Texas and serves the entire Coastal Bend area free of charge.  We provide many services, programs and opportunities in the community.  The library staff is dedicated to the free and open access of materials, programs and services.  Our motto: "Expect the unexpected.  Anticipate the exceptional."

Bell/Whittington Public Library


2013 Best Small Library in America-Finalist

2400 Memorial Pkwy
Portland, TX 78374
Phone: (361) 777-0921
Fax: (361) 643-6411

RoseAleta Laurell

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Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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