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Altus Public Library

Introduction

Altus is located in the southwest corner of Oklahoma at the intersection of U. S. Highways 62 and 283. The city is 54 miles west of Lawton. Altus is the county seat of Jackson County, which was originally part of Old Greer County, Texas. Altus was originally known as Frazer, a small settlement of approximately fifty people located on Bitter Creek. The Frazer post office was established on February 18, 1886. On June 4, 1891, a flash flood almost destroyed Frazer. Residents moved 21/2 miles east to higher ground and renamed the town Altus. From July 10, 1901, to May 14, 1904, Altus was Leger before reverting to Altus. At statehood in 1907, Altus had 1,927 residents. Current data has Altus just under 20,000 residents.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically the library has provided educational and recreational materials. As technology developed the library did as well. Current roles for the library include opportunities for lifelong learning; free and equal access to information; educational and recreational materials; access to technology including FAX , high speed internet access with Wi-Fi, video conferencing, and digital books; career and workforce development. It has promoted basic literacy, information literacy, adult learning, early childhood literacy, ESL and formal education. The library has created and maintained local history files and genealogy research materials as well as coordinating with other organizations to bring in a variety of cultural programs from around the country. The library provides a meeting place for non-profit agencies. The library plans to continue these services while adding new technology and services as feasible.

Existing Programs

The library offers the following programs: weekly pre-school story time, monthly pre-school film series, summer reading and activity program for children and teens, monthly Coffee Cup Bunch book review, yearly LTAI read and discussion series, Family Literacy, individual literacy classes, English as a second language, art displays, Shortgrass Institute art workshops, interlibrary loan and one on one computer training classes.

Identified Needs

Identified community needs includes having more recreation and entertainment activities for children and teens; workforce training on how to do resumes and fill out online applications; economic development, more local employment opportunities, and more affordable rental housing. The identified needs for the library include more part-time staff, additional funding, more parking, and additional space.

Identified Assets

Identified assets of the community include three nursing homes, two assisted living centers, a rehabilitation facility, hospital, pharmacies, local fast food and sit down restaurants, and several hotels. Identified assets of the library include eight Internet access computers, two computers for homework lookup, three laptops for use in the building, three public access catalog computers, Wi-Fi, video conferencing monitor, meeting room, have Overdrive for ebooks, and offer a wide range of services and materials.

Thank You Statement

The Altus Public Library appreciates the support of the Board of Directors, the Friends of the Library, the Aldonian Study Club, the City of Altus, and the Jackson County Commissioners. The library thanks the volunteers and library staff for their service. Particular thanks are extended to the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust and the Priddy Foundation for funding the University of North Texas PEARL project.

Location

Altus Public Library
421 N Hudson St, Altus, OK 73521 Altus
United States
34° 38' 29.4648" N, 99° 20' 6.936" W
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altus_public_library_community_outreach_plan.pdf445.65 KB
Keywords: 
Lifelong learning, Family Literacy, Individual literacy classes

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