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Collingsworth Public Library

Introduction

Collingsworth Public Library is located in Wellington, Texas, the county seat of Collingsworth County. Situated in the Texas Panhandle, the county has a rich history in range development, agriculture, and Native American heritage. It was formally settled in the late 1800’s by ranchers. The community of Wellington owes its status as a county seat to the Rocking Horse Ranch cowboys who swung the vote. It is a community whose growth was spurred by the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway, by the introduction of cotton as a crop, and by the expanding road system in Northwest Texas. Wellington is located along U.S. Highway 83.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically and currently, the library has provided: opportunities for lifelong learning; free and equal access to information; educational and recreational materials; access to technology; public computer access; business support, and career and workforce development. It has promoted basic literacy, information literacy, adult learning, early childhood literacy, ESL and formal education. The library serves as a gateway to information and a preschool door to learning. Future roles for the library include providing access to training and support for new technologies, and becoming a community commons for the discovery of new ideas.

Existing Programs

Existing programs at the library include: preschool story time; assisted living and nursing home outreach; exam proctoring; English as a Second Language; regular art displays; author visits; a canned food drive; interlibrary loan; work skills assistance; basic literacy classes; GED preparation, and a virtual homework help service. The summer reading program offers visits from magicians, puppeteers and musicians.

Identified Needs

The community needs more businesses and a variety of retail shops. Wellington has a single grocery store and one discount store but no major retail outlets.

Surveys show the library needs to: provide tutoring services; assist in using the latest touch and e-book technology; have author visits for teens; purchase additional large print materials for an aging population; maintain the computer equipment to enable people to take online coursework; add more programming for adults, and add more evening hours.

Identified Assets

Community assets include a: public swimming pool, golf course, community center, hospital; fitness activity center, museum, historic bridge, and restored and operating historic theater. Identified assets for the library include: six public computers and printers; copiers; binding equipment; a laminator, and FAX machine. Community surveys identified the location of the library, the helpfulness of the staff, the hours of operation, and the collection as being assets.

Thank You Statement

The library wishes to thank the 1954 Study Club, the Wellington State Bank, the Wellington Professional Women’s Club, the Collingsworth County Retired School Employees and The Wellington Leader for their willingness to partner with the library. The library wishes to thank the Wellington Independent School District board of trustees, the administration of Wellington ISD, the Collingsworth County Commissioners and Judge, and the Collingsworth Public Library Advisory Board for their continued support. The library is grateful to the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for funding the PEARL Project grant through the University of North Texas.

Location

Collingsworth Public Library
711 Farm to Market Road 338 Wellington, TX 79095
United States
34° 50' 56.85" N, 100° 12' 58.0284" W
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Nursing home outreach, Exam proctoring, English as a Second Language, Regular art displays, Interlibrary loan, GED preparation

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