The J.R. Huffman Public Library is located in Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas and opened its
doors in 1994.  The library began as a grass-roots effort by local residents and was started
through the generosity of Al and Pat Smith and the Temple Foundation.  The Dr. W.T. Arnold, Sr.
Theater is a wonderful addition to the library facility and is dedicated and named after
long-time resident, Dr. William Thomas Arnold, Sr., who was the town physician for many years.
Dr. Arnold died in 1937, and a generous donation from his children supplemented the funding
for the theater.


-Texas State Library and Archive Commission member
-Sabine County Chamber of Commerce member
-501-3 (c) non-profit organization


  • JaNelle Trexler, Director
  • Cynthia Beard, Clerk

2023 Board of Directors

  • President: Art Thibodeaux
  • Vice President: Bill Speights
  • Personnel/Secretary: Janis Speights
  • Treasurer: Jimmy Tompkins
  • Facilities: Jason Huffman
  • Memorials: Sherry Thibodeaux
  • Member: Joy Bailey
  • Member: Travis Trexler
  • Member: Mary Ann Tompkins
  • Honorary Member: John Miller
  • Honorary Member: Sandy Ray
  • Honorary Member: Margaret Huffman