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Alvord Public LIbrary

Introduction

Alvord, Texas, is located in Wise County, between the cities of Decatur and Bowie on Business Highway 287. Settled in the 1880’s, Alvord was named for J. B. Alvord, president of the Fort Worth & Denver Railroad. Later, Alvord became a stop for the Burlington-Northern Railroad. Historically, Alvord was distinguished by the presence of an opera house, prosperous agricultural production, early oil operations, and a Masonic Lodge which was established in1890.

The community has experienced several cycles of prosperity and decline throughout the twentieth century. Today Alvord is a community of 1,465 residents. Since 2000, the population of Alvord has grown by forty-five per cent.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically residents have been able to access recreational and educational materials and receive information assistance at the Alvord Public Library. The library has been a repository for a large collection of local and state history materials as well as a repository for genealogy resources.

Currently the library also functions as a community commons where patrons can use computers and access the Internet, check out recreational and educational materials, and receive information assistance.The library serves as a place where people can access local history information including local school yearbooks, historic issues of the Alvord News, and centennial materials from 1882-1982. The library has a large selection of Texas state history materials.

In the future the library will serve as a technology and career development center for the citizens of the City of Alvord, the community of Sunset in Montague County, and other surrounding small towns.

Existing Programs

The library currently offers a summer reading program for children. The program includes story times, guest appearances from performers such as local musicians, magicians and clowns; arts and crafts activities have also been offered.

Identified Needs

Identified needs for the community include: major retail stores, more businesses and local job opportunities. Economic development would create a more balanced tax base.

According to community survey results, patrons would like a newer, larger, and more comfortable facility. The library has a need for additional Spanish/English bilingual materials.

Identified Assets

Identified community assets include: post office, fire station, civic center, a health clinic and an independent school district. Cultural assets include historical landmarks and buildings, notably the Masonic Lodge, and churches of various denominations. The main asset identified for the library is a Texas collection of over 500 items.

Thank You Statement

The library would like to thank the library volunteers and board members for their dedicated service. The library also thanks the Wise County government and the City of Alvord for providing the funding for library operations and staff. The library appreciates the support and loyalty of its patrons. Finally, gratitude is extended to the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for the opportunity to participate in the Pearl Project.

Location

Alvord Public Library
117 North Wickham Street; PO Box 323 Alvord, TX 76225-5325
United States
33° 21' 32.4108" N, 97° 41' 41.3664" W
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Summer reading program for children, Arts and crafts activities

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