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Dublin Public Library

Introduction

Dublin is located 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth and 8 miles south of Stephenville.

It is the second largest town in Erath County. Dublin's population, as of 2010, was 3,654 while the population of Erath County was 37,890.

It is unknown exactly how Dublin earned its name, but there are several popular theories. The most accepted story is that the original name was “Double In.” Since Comanche attacks were prevalent in the area, settlers would double in their wagons to protect themselves and their families. Historically, Dublin is known for the “Dublin Rodeo” owned by Everett Colburn and Gene Autry. Dublin was the starting point for their rodeo tour, which ended in Madison Square Garden. Dublin is also known to be the home of the world’s oldest Dr. Pepper Bottling Company and the birthplace of Ben Hogan, a golf legend.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically and currently, the Dublin Public Library has filled many roles in the community. Historical roles include promoting lifelong learning and adult learning. Current roles include providing free and equal access to information, current topics and titles, educational and recreational materials, community meeting place, gateway to information, technology center, public computer access, information assistance, early childhood literacy, heritage center, preschool door to learning, local history and genealogy, formal education support, and information literacy. In the future, the library would like to continue filling these roles and provide basic literacy skills and English as a second language programs.

Existing Programs

The library offers several programs to the Dublin community. These include participating in the Texas Reading Club every summer for children, teens, and adults. The library also offers adult book clubs, regular story time for the local Montessori school, a canned food drive, interlibrary loan, regular genealogy programs, homebound outreach, gaming programs, and the digitization of local newspapers and historical documents.

Identified Needs

The main need for Dublin is for more local jobs. The majority of Dublin residents commute to Stephenville or the Dallas-Fort Worth area for work every day. The City of Dublin has taken an important step in addressing this issue and has assisted a group called the Dublin Economic Development Corporation, whose main focus is to help attract more companies to the area to create a stronger workforce.

According to surveys distributed to local community leaders and library volunteers, the need that was generally requested was for more funds for the library. Other needs that were identified from the surveys were additional materials, space, hours, and materials in Spanish.

Identified Assets

The City of Dublin has many assets. The Dr. Pepper Bottling Company attracts many tourists to the town every year. Dublin Dr. Pepper hosts a birthday celebration, or “Dublin Dr. Pepper Days,” every summer in June. This past June Dublin Dr. Pepper celebrated its 120th birthday with a Grecian themed celebration. The Dublin Dr. Pepper Bottling Company not only has tours of the bottling plant but also has a soda fountain, deli, and a museum for tourists to visit. Dublin also has a pharmacy (with a soda fountain), rodeo grounds, three public parks, a swimming pool, campgrounds, tennis courts, public basketball courts, playgrounds, and a community building available to rent for community events. Dublin’s Rotary building has also become a popular venue for community events since Ty Murry and Chelsie Hightower used it to practice for Dancing with the Stars.

Thank You Statement

The Dublin Public Library is grateful for the support of many people and groups: Mayor Becky Norris, the Dublin City Council, City of Dublin Administration, the Dublin Library Board, 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 Tocker Foundation for its generous grant that made it possible to renovate the library this summer. 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 Dublin community, volunteers, and special contributors, the library would not be able to fulfill a much needed role in the community.

Location

Dublin Public Library
206 West Blackjack Street Dublin, TX 76446-2204
United States
32° 5' 8.0592" N, 98° 20' 38.2416" W
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Keywords: 
Texas Reading Club, Interlibrary loan, Regular genealogy programs, Homebound outreach

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