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Carnegie Library of Ballinger

Introduction

The Town of Ballinger was established June 29, 1886 by the Santa Fe Railroad. It was named for William Pitt Ballinger, an attorney for the railroad. The town is located on Highways 67 approximately 36 miles from San Angelo. It is the county seat of Runnels County and has a population of approximately 5,248. The county was named for Hiram G. Runnels, a Texas state legislator. The county population is 10,170.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically the library has been a place for recreational and educational materials. Currently the library is also a center for lifelong learning, basic literacy, free and equal access to information, community meeting place, technology center, information assistance, gateway to information, public computer access, career and workforce development, early childhood literacy, and a center for local history and genealogy. In the future the library would like to become a place for adult learning, business support, English as a second language, a community commons, formal education support, heritage center, pre-school door to learning, and a center for information literacy.

Existing Programs

The library provides the following programs: weekly story time for pre-school aged children, summer reading program for children, basic computer literacy classes, nursing home outreach, canned food drive (Fines Forgiven for Food), exam proctoring, and inter-library loan.

Identified Needs

The community needs identified include: economic development to draw in more businesses; stronger workforce center presence; skills development opportunities for local residents, and recreational opportunities for families, children, and teens. Library needs identified include: more programs for all age groups, more community partnerships, more hours, more staff, more volunteers, and e-books.

Identified Assets

Community assets identified are: hospital, health clinic, hospice, vet, grocery stores, food bank, Department of Protective Services, Chamber of Commerce, County Jail, County Extension Office, Senior Citizens Center, Fire Department, Police Department, Department of Public Safety, Sheriff’s Department, numerous churches, nursing homes, and community center. The library assets include: historic building, stand-alone facility, and is in a good location. The library has staff that are experienced and involved in community groups and organizations.

Thank You Statement

The library would like to thank the City Council and Administration, County Judge and Commissioners, and Library Board of Directors for their support and encouragement. The library would also like to thank the Women’s Club, Lions Club, Rotary, and local businesses for their continued support and for the assistance volunteers render throughout the year. The library extends its thanks to the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for funding the University of North Texas PEARL project and the library’s participation in it.

Location

Carnegie Library of Ballinger
204 North 8th Street Ballinger, TX 76821-4706
United States
31° 44' 21.9624" N, 99° 56' 59.9964" W
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Summer reading program for children, Basic computer literacy classes, Nursing home outreach, Canned food drive (Fines Forgiven for Food), Exam proctoring,Inter-library loan

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