Evelyn Thornton Library in Warrior, AL, is more than just books

September 28, 2022

The Evelyn Thornton Public Library, located at 10 First Street East in Warrior, Alabama, has a wide variety of books for every type of reader.

Warrior has always been about community

The exact date a library started in Warrior is not known. There’s been a place to borrow, check out, and even stay in and read in the small town since 1935.

Bessy Caldwell kept a collection of books in her home for sharing and loaning.

In the early ’50s, the collection of books was housed in a room at the City Hall. The Florence Moss Study Club volunteered their time and energy to keep the library open to the public.

In 1957 Mrs. Evelyn Thornton became the librarian, and much of her time was volunteered. On February 2, 1976, The City Council of Warrior established a Library Board of Trustees, and the library became eligible for State Aid. At that time, the library was housed in the old City Hall building, located on Louisa Street.

In June of 1983, the current building was dedicated, and in December of the same year, Mrs. Thornton retired after 26 years of service to the community. The City Council renamed the library after Mrs. Thornton, and in her honor, it became THE EVELYN THORNTON-Warrior Public Library.

But wait… there’s more.


The library is more than just books

The library has come a long way since the days of borrowing Bessy’s books. The community enjoys a friendly atmosphere. Questions are encouraged, and smiling faces give the library a casual atmosphere.  Patrons and library employees are looking forward to many new improvements coming in the future. The library currently shares a computer circulation system with the Cooperative, and its library catalog is also on the computer. New books, large and regular prints, plus DVDs, arrive weekly.

Check out their updated Facebook page to see all the activities planned and the hours of operation.


In addition to all the new additions, the library offers plays by the Red Mountain Theater Seasoned Performers. 

Noodle Soup for Breakfast, the first of these, was held last week; three more will be offered throughout the year. Oct 10th, Once Upon a Rhyme, Nov. 9th, The Canton Culture Club, and December 14th, Seasoned Greetings.

Friday, October 29th, 10-12, there will be a Free Kids Festival presented by The Warrior Public Library and The Warrior Senior Center. Carnival games with prizes, a petting zoo, hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones.

They offer learning activities for children that combine art with storytime. 

Halloween storytime and crafts will be on October 31st @ 10:00 North Storm Shelter. Dress up and join Ms. Christy for a special storytime with crafts and snacks.

Art classes are also offered for teens and adults, by the Library, at the old Warrior Armory,  the new Regional Library, and Arts Center. The next class will be on October 15th. Two different classes in acrylic will be taught by our own North Jefferson Post writer and talented painter, Brenda Gargus.  

A cute fall gnome or a bright yellow flower arrangement are the choices.

Sign up for a fun and relaxing time.

If you haven’t been to visit the Warrior Library you are missing out on not only great books but lots of fun as well.

Karen Walker Moody, the director,  makes everyone feel at home and is willing to help you find just what you are looking for. Christy Stone is the innovative Children’s Librarian, and Kristi Owens is over Adult Services. Together, they make sure that the library is not just an educational building but a fun-filled one as well.

See you at the Library.


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