During our COVID-19 closure, the library acquired three new digital platforms to meet the needs of the community. Each resource can be accessed by logging in with your library card to our catalog page.
hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.
Welcome to RBdigital Value Collection. Browse – Checkout – and Read magazines in your browser – and download to mobile apps. Get started by creating a new account in the online browser site. Checkout a magazine and stream it online – or download mobile apps and log in with your same credentials. Create your account online by going to our catalog page before downloading the mobile apps. Once you check out a magazine you may keep it as long as you wish. This magazine collection is brought to you by your local library and we hope you enjoy checking out your favorite magazines.
NewsBank Find information on topics related to business, health, education, government and more from a variety of news media including newspapers, videos, blogs and web-only content including the Northeast Herald, San Antonio Express-News, USA Today and more. We also have access to the Guymon Daily Herald and other local newspapers!
On June 16, 2020 the Guymon Public Library and Arts Center was given the ok to reopen! Our hours are our normal operating hours and the entire staff is back at work to welcome you! Please, read the following statement below (offered in English and Spanish) to see how our current services are working.
Hoopla is a great resource all year long for movies, music, comics, ebooks, and audio! But did you know that Hoopla also supports the Summer Reading Program Imagine Your Story?
See our list of ebook titles on Hoopla that tie in to the Summer Reading Program here https://www.hoopladigital.com/collection/7784
And check out Hoopla’s Summer 2020 Look Book with lots of new titles, comics, music, and movies available this summer! Hoopla Summer 2020 Look Book
Welcome, Hamilton Fans, to Dr. Stephanie Wheatley’s lecture series Politics, History, and Hamilton: An American Musical! Check out the lecture each Friday and make sure to sign up with your email by Monday for the Zoom discussion on the following Wednesday at 7PM. You can sign up by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, messaging us on Facebook, or by calling Mia or Blair at the library at 580-338-7330!
ng Hamilton on July 3rd!You can also find the videos on our Facebook page!
Sign ups for the Summer Reading Program are here. Don’t miss out, here is the link to sign up!!
Are you a Sequoyah reader? Want to voice your opinion on your favorite book for 2020? Voting is now open for the 2020 Sequoyah Book Awards in the Children’s Masterlist (grades 3-5), Intermediate Masterlist (grades 6-8), and High School Masterlist (grades 9-12) categories.
What is Sequoyah?
The awards honor the Native American leader, Sequoyah, who created the eighty-five sounds representing the Cherokee language. The Award was given out for the first time in 1959 in the Children’s category and later extended to intermediate and high school levels. You can read more about the selection policy and book awards on the Oklahoma Library Association website.
How do I vote?
Any young readers who have read or listened to at least 3 titles from their respective masterlist is qualified to vote. Voting can be done online. It operates on the honor system so please only vote once! Deadline to vote is March 15.
Do you know the 2021 Sequoyah booklist?
The 2021 booklists were just announced! Check out the current book lists below in each category.
Did you know you can choose from over 500 free online courses, via your library card and Universal Class? It’s true. They have everything from office software classes, to hobbies, to accounting and English. Call us at 580-338-7330 or visit our catalog page at https://guymon.biblionix.com/catalog/ to get started!
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
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)