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Coleman Public Library

Introduction

The city of Coleman is located near the geographical center of Texas, 54 miles southeast of Abilene, and 30 miles west of Brownwood, Texas. It is the county seat of Coleman County and lies on U.S. 84, a segment of the Ports to Plains Highway connecting the state's heartland to coastal ports.

Coleman County was created in 1858 from Brown and Travis counties. It was organized in 1864 and named for Robert M. Coleman, aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston. The county offers a wealth of frontier heritage with several sites that testify to its historical prominence.

The city of Coleman was founded in 1876 on Hords Creek, an area of rolling, grassy plains and wide bottom lands. The town was a typical frontier settlement with the first store hardly completed before a cemetery was laid out for the loser in a cowboy gunfight. Several of Coleman's older homes have been restored, including the Blair house, an official Texas Historical Landmark.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically the library has been a place for basic literacy. In addition to basic literacy, the library currently serves as a place for free and equal access to information, a community meeting place, provides educational and recreational materials, is a technology center, has local history and genealogy resources, promotes cultural awareness, provides current topics, is a gateway to information, provides business support, has public computer access, promotes career and workforce development, and is a place for early childhood and pre-school learning. In the future the library would like to be the place for lifelong learning, English as a second language, formal education, information literacy, adult learning, and to be a community commons.

Existing Programs

The library’s existing programs include a summer reading program for children, basic computer literacy classes, inter-library loan, and a Teen Book Club. During the fall and winter months, there are story time programs for toddlers and pre-school aged children. The library provides free use of the meeting room for cultural and educational events such as the annual juried art show, the Coleman County Cattle Women’s historical programs, and programs presented by the County Extension agent.

Identified Needs

Community needs in Coleman include: economic development to attract more businesses; a need for more jobs at all levels; job training opportunities to help develop a skilled workforce, and for a Texas Workforce Commission office or liaison. Coleman needs more recreational activities for Teens and a walking/running trail for all ages. Needs identified for the library include: more hours open to the public, Teen programs, more funding, and materials for home school families.

Identified Assets

Community assets include the Coleman County Medical Center, two pharmacies, Coleman ISD, Coleman Healthcare Center, and Holiday Hill Inc., another long-term care facility. Other assets are the Coleman Municipal Airport, Coleman Museum, Heritage Hall, and the Rodeo Grounds. The Rodeo Grounds has a Community Hall & Expo Center. There is a Senior Citizens Center in town as well as the Christian Food Ministries, low-income housing, Chronicle & Democrat Voice newspaper, Humane Society of Coleman County, Thrift Shop, County Extension Agency, Coleman Veterinary Clinic, a number of restaurants and fast food places, three hotels and one bed and breakfast. There is also a livestock auction barn. There is a local Department of Human Resources office and a Central Texas Opportunities office in town. There are two electrical utility companies and three banks in town. Library assets include staff, nice building, good location, free Wi-Fi, computer lab, Tillman Community Room/training room with kitchen facilities and Promethean board (projector system), conference room, and comfortable seating areas.

Thank You Statement

The library would like to thank the Coleman City Council, Coleman County Commissioners, County Judge, Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Library, and local businesses for their support. We especially want to thank our many dedicated volunteers for their time, talent, and hard work.

The library would to thank the Tocker Foundation, MKB Foundation, LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority), Friends of the Coleman County Foundation, Coleman County Foundation, and the Allen Family for grants and donations through the years for library furniture, shelving, and building improvements. The library would like to thank the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for funding the University of North Texas PEARL (Promoting and Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) program, and for including the Coleman Public Library in the project.

Location

Coleman Public Library
402 South Commercial Avenue Coleman, TX 76834-4202
United States
31° 49' 40.9368" N, 99° 25' 22.962" W
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Keywords: 
Summer reading program, Basic computer literacy classes, Inter-library loan, Teen Book Club

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