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Dallam-Hartley County Library

Introduction

The Dallam-Hartley County Library is located in Dalhart, which is 85 miles northwest of Amarillo. Dalhart, the county seat of Dallam County, straddles the border of Dallam and Hartley counties in the northwest corner of the Texas Panhandle.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically and currently, the Dallam-Hartley County Library has filled many roles in the community. Historical and current roles include promoting lifelong learning; free and equal access to information; educational and recreational materials; technology center; information assistance; current topics and titles, and public computer access. In the future, the library would like to continue filling these roles and provide English as a Second Language assistance, formal education support, information literacy, early childhood literacy, homebound outreach, and adult learning.

Existing Programs

The library offers several programs to the residents of Dallam-Hartley counties. These include regular story time for preschool, regular story time for day care centers, summer reading program for children, exam proctoring, and interlibrary loan.

Identified Needs

Some of the needs for Dalhart and surrounding communities are more affordable housing, new businesses to create jobs and shopping, and entertainment opportunities for all residents.

According to surveys distributed to local community leaders and library volunteers, the need that was generally requested was for homebound outreach. Other needs that were identified from the surveys were basic computer training, more space, and a bigger collection of materials in Spanish.

Identified Assets

The city of Dalhart has many assets. The XIT Museum is a popular tourist destination and houses exhibits on the XIT Ranch and ranching equipment. Dalhart also has rodeo grounds, three public parks, a swimming pool, campgrounds, tennis courts, public basketball courts, and playgrounds.

The addition and remodel in 2010 enhanced the many assets of the library, providing for more space, computer access, and seating. The children’s area can accommodate large groups for story time and other programs.

Thank You Statement

The Dallam-Hartley County Library is grateful for the support of many people and groups: Dallam County Judge Field, the county commissioners from both counties, and other community members who volunteer their time and donate many items to the library for a variety of projects. The library would also like to thank the generous people of Dalhart, and the Amarillo Area Foundation for the grant that made it possible to renovate the library in 2010. The library wishes to extend a particular thank you to the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for funding the University of North Texas PEARL project. Without the support of the Dalhart community, volunteers, and special contributors, the library would not be able to fulfill a much-needed role in the community.

Location

Dallam-Hartley County Library
420 Denrock Ave. Dalhart, TX 79022
United States
36° 3' 42.3288" N, 102° 31' 23.574" W
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Regular story time for preschool, Summer reading program, exam proctoring, Interlibrary loan

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