Sorry this is such a crappy photo. This is the stage and stained glass window in Lockhart's public library. You know it is a solidly built stage because President Taft once spoke from there.
The library's benefactor, Dr. Eugene Clark, had a tumultuous life. His father was killed in the Civil War when Eugene was three and his mother died soon after. Clark was raised by a friend of his mother in his native New Orleans. She did well and Clark graduated from Tulane's medical school and headed west to Lockhart. In Lockhart Clark entered practice with an older doctor. The older guy promptly left town leaving Clark as Lockhart's doctor at the age of 21. After a number of years in Lockhart Clark went to Europe to become an ENT. Following his studies he opened a practice in San Antonio and became terminally ill. On his deathbed, in New Orleans, he dictated a will that left $10,000 to Lockhart to build a library. Wikipedia says this is the oldest operating public library in Texas.
The old library building is a stately little classical building with lots of dark wood and columns. The library expanded in the not too distant past into the Masonic Lodge building next door. Unlike in Luling, the Clark library had plenty of fiction books other than the most mass-market of mass-market novels.
I am dangerously extrapolating from a sample of two, but what's the deal with Texas libraries? To write up the library history I searched for the library's website. I found this, which, if you click on the "directions" link sends you to the Google Maps page for the Lockhart Road Public Library in Hong Kong. The page lets you search the collection and, well, that's all you can do. Compare that with the Mexico, NY Public Library site, which, despite having a tenth of the population of Lockhart, has a ton of services listed and has an extensive and active presence on Facebook. Both libraries have a number of Hemingway publications but only Lockhart has a video of The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingways.