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Edwards Public Library

Introduction

Henrietta is the county seat of Clay County and is about 60 miles from the Oklahoma border. Clay County is located due east of Wichita County. Clay County has three main north-south highways that run through the county and Henrietta. They are U.S. 287, U.S. 82 and State Highway148. The county is comprised of several small towns, including Henrietta, Bellevue, Bluegrove, Dean, Jolly, Petrolia, Lake Arrowhead, Joy, Shannon, Newport, Hurnville, Charlie, Thornberry, Buffalo Springs, Vasthi and Deer Creek.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically the library has provided free and equal access to information, has been a place for local history and genealogy, and served as a community commons. Currently, in addition to those roles, the library is a place for: lifelong learning; to hold meetings; educational and recreational materials; is a technology center; information assistance; information literacy; adult learning; cultural awareness; current topics and titles; gateway to information; public computer access; early childhood literacy, and a pre-school door to learning. In the future, the library would like to provide: English as a Second Language, formal education support, business support, career and workforce development, and develop a heritage center.

Existing Programs

The library has a number of on-going programs including: weekly story time for pre-school aged children; Summer Reading Program for children and teens; regular story time for day care centers; regular author visits (by local authors), and Inter-library Loan service. The library participates in the Imagination Library Collation, a county-wide effort, to encourage early literacy. The library has the application forms, donation forms, and is a major place to go for information on this program.

Identified Needs

Clay County lacks an assisted living center, Texas Workforce Center, mental health center, or homeless shelter. There is a need for rental properties and recreational opportunities in the county. There is a need for revenue generating business such as a bingo hall or casino. There is no video/DVD rental store or movie theaters in the county. The local fire department is comprised of volunteers. There are limited recreational venues for teens other than school activities or some sports. There is a real need for programs and activities for teens such as a skating rink, bowling, video arcades, or other gaming type activities.

Identified Assets

The Junior Delphians women’s club is active in raising money for scholarships for students; Kiwanis have summer baseball teams; the Lion’s Club offers scholarships; the Henrietta/Clay County Chamber of Commerce has an Easter Parade, 4th of July Parade and Christmas Parade as well as providing other activities in the community; Clay County Sheriff’s Department; public swimming pool and parks; city owner RV park; Clay County Historical Society which maintains the 1890 Clay County Historical Jail Museum; Clay County Extension agent; 5 school districts including the Bellvue ISD, Byers ISD, Henrietta ISD, Midway IDS, Petrolia ISD; Clay County Schools National Honor Society that is active in community service, and the Lake Arrowhead State Park that offers camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, boating, disc golf, wildlife viewing.

Thank You Statement

The library would like to thank: the Clay County Judge and Commissioner’s Court; Edwards Public Library Board of Trustees; City of Henrietta and the residents of Clay County. The library would also like to thank the Tocker Foundation and The Priddy Foundation as well as the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for their financial support through the years.

Location

Edwards Public Library
210 W. Gilbert St. Henrietta , TX 76365
United States
33° 48' 56.2032" N, 98° 11' 47.3496" W
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Weekly story time for pre-school aged children, Summer Reading Program for children and teens, Regular story time for day care centers, Inter-library Loan service

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