Lois Nelson

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Lois Nelson was a long-term supporter and employee of the Princeton Community Library. After dropping out of High School in 1927 to care for her 5 siblings Mrs. Nelson still dreamed of becoming a librarian.

After the death of her husband Mrs. Nelson joined the workforce through Green Thumb, a federal jobs program to provide income for older citizens. At one point in the program, she was working as a library aide for the Princeton school district. She went on to earn her GED at age 79 and her library certification the following year.

In 1998, United States Representative Ralph Hall of Rockwall, honored Mrs. Nelson who was selected for Honorable Mention in the state's search for the Outstanding Older Worker of Texas. The honor came from Green Thumb, which had employed her in Princeton, Texas as Site Manager of the Senior Citizens Center since 1982. Rep. Hall also honored Mrs. Nelson, a 16-year employee of the Princeton Independent School District (ISD), for accomplishing her lifetime dream of becoming a librarian.

She was also instrumental in the opening of the Princeton Community Library and was the library director.

The Princeton Community Library was just a little one-room affair in the back of the Princeton ISD Community Education Building, but it was Mrs. Nelson's pride and joy. To honor her dedication to the Princeton Community the Lois Nelson Library was named in 2014.





McKinney Public Library System, “Lois Nelson,” McKinney Public Library Digital History, accessed July 15, 2024, https://mckinneylibrary.omeka.net/items/show/874.