English Classes/Clases de Ingles

ESL Classes – The library offers ESL classes weekly. One class is Monday at 12 p.m. Other classes are in the evening at 5:30 p.m. on Monday and Thursday. Teachers are currently on break for the Holidays. For more information on January classes call 580-338-7330.

Clases de ESL: la biblioteca ofrece clases de ESL semanalmente. Una clase es el lunes a las 12 p.m. Otras clases son por la tarde a las 5:30 p.m. los lunes y jueves. Los maestros están actualmente de vacaciones. Para obtener más información sobre las clases de enero, llame al 580-338-7330.

From the Archives – Guymon’s Drag Strip & Bill Beaman

From the Archives: 

Written by Miranda Gilbert, Archivist, with the use of the Guymon Public Library’s newspaper archives dating back to the 1880s, and the Pioneer Showcase Archives. 

Working in Genealogy and with Local Archives I receive calls and visitors from all over the USA hunting down information. Join me as I research and explore stories of local history including the people, places, buildings, organizations, and businesses in and around Guymon from pre-statehood to modern history.

Bill Beaman’s Drag Strip, Cowboy Cleaners, & Coaching the Elks Boxing Club

ca. 1960s – 70s

B&B’s Drag Strip located northwest of Guymon, OK, on US. Hwy 64 was a popular place for racing action on Sundays in the 1960s and 1970s.

The drag strip was paved, had lighting, trees, a concession stand, and was owned and operated by Bill Beaman.  Beaman was a Guymonite and businessman also owning Cowboy Cleaners 1209 N. Main where Bank of the Panhandle now exists. The building was owned by Howard Deakin, who leased the building to Beaman. (The cleaners was damaged in two fires a few years apart, one started from lint buildup in a electric clothes dryer in Dec. of 1969, and another was due to a steam dryer coil explosion and an electrical junction box igniting clothing in Dec. of 1974, according to the Guymon Daily Herald.)

The drag strip was an attraction not just for locals, but also for competitors from Texas, Kansas, and other parts of the state of Oklahoma. Each class would race in elimination rounds to see who would end up the top street eliminator and the top stock eliminator. Classes of stock racing included D stock, E stock, E stock automatic, F stock, G stock automatic, I stock automatic, and J stock automatic. Street class racing included B altered, B modified, C modified, C gas, D gas, D modified, E gas, F gas, J gas, J super stock, J super stock automatic, K stock, L stock, M stock, N stock, O stock, and P stock. (“Cook, Hass Win Top Eliminators at B&B”, Guymon Daily Herald, June 24, 1969)

According to memories of those who enjoyed the strip, the far end was rough and potholed, as were parts of the track. The strip was eventually closed and the lights removed, making it harder to locate today. It was possibly located north of CD Alexander’s horse facility on the south side of US 64 just passed the bend in the highway north of Guymon, according to some accounts.

Beaman was also well-known for starting the Elks Boxing Club in 1954. Later named the Guymon Boxing

A news story from the Guymon Daily Herald, Jan. 31, 1969, about Coach Bill Beamon leading the boxers to three state titles.

Club, Beaman coached many for nearly 20 years and hosted tournaments at the fairgrounds with fighters from as far as Lubbock, Texas. Guymon fighters brought back state titles which at the time were earned at the Kansas-Oklahoma State Tournaments, a preliminary to the National Golden Gloves Championship. Beamon took several to compete for Golden Gloves, and a few won on the regional level. While coaching boxing, Beaman would also set up benefit matches in which money raised was given to the group then known as the Panhandle Area Council for Handicapped Children. Beaman was not just known for helping the Council with expenses, but for also helping the local boys find a “good clean sport in which to participate.” (“Guymon Boxers Down Hutchinson”, Guymon Daily Herald, Tues., Feb. 4, 1969)

In March of 1977 Beaman was recognized by the City Council with a citation for his outstanding citizenry while working with youth via his creation of the boxing club. According to an article in the GDH listing his outstanding work, Beaman led the financing of the boxing club and all their travels to tournaments. He is quoted as saying, “I don’t know how to thank you, but you know I have never worked with a boy yet who hasn’t already paid me back.” (Guymon Daily Herald, March 9. 1977)

Bill Beaman was cited for outstanding work with youth via the boxing club in March of 1977.

Teens DIY Ornament Class, Dec. 12

Pick an ornament theme. Stop in at the front desk or call 580-338-7330 to sign up. Spaces are limited to 10, grades 7-12.

Contest! How many books are there?

Tool Petting Zoo Dec. 11

Tool petting zoo

Financial Fitness

Staff Blogs

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From the Archives

Written by Miranda Gilbert, Archivist, with the use of the Guymon Public Library’s newspaper archives dating back to 1890, and the Pioneer Showcase Archives. “Working in Genealogy and with Local Archives I receive calls and visitors from all over the USA hunting down information. Join me as I research and explore stories of local history including the people, places, buildings, organizations, and businesses in and around Guymon from pre-statehood to modern history.” Click the URL link above to read on…

Upcoming Events 

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Digital Collections

What people primarily think of when they think of the library is its collection of in print materials such as books, magazines, and newspapers, the vast majority of libraries today also offer digital collections including access to databases, eBooks, and audiobooks which can be checked out with a library card. Probably one of the most well-known of these digital collections is the Library of Congress’s Digital Collection. Searchers can find all sorts of nifty documents here such as digital scans of Aaron Copland’s musical manuscripts, historic American newspapers, and Civil War maps among other treasures. If you’re a history buff, this is definitely one site you should be checking out!

Spotlight on Genre: Realistic Fiction!

Realistic fiction tells a story that is possible, but the story is told in a creative and artistic way. The story itself doesn’t have to be true, but it could be! Here are a couple of Blair Henson’s personal favorites from this genre.

Closing to Observe Veteran’s Day on Fri., Nov. 10

The Guymon Public Library & Arts Center is closing to observe Veteran’s Day on Fri., Nov. 10. For a veteran’s program on Veteran’s Day, stop in the Guymon Community Theatre at 7 p.m. for an open mic and live band Vaudeville Show titled, “A Night of Valor.”

Tigrinya – Health Tips

Find Print Ready Health Pamphlets in Tigrinya HERE.

Veterans Day

Honoring ALL Who Served!

Please bring copies of photos of your favorite Veteran to the library and include the name, branch and rank.  Exhibit will run through the month of November.