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Hemphill County Library

Introduction

Canadian, Texas is located on Highway 83 in central Hemphill County. The town is located 97 miles north east of Amarillo. The county was named for John Hemphill, a former Texas Supreme Court justice. It comprises 904 square miles of rolling plains and rugged terrain, broken by two major rivers and dozens of creeks.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically Hemphill County Library has been a place for: lifelong learning; free and equal access to information; community meeting place; educational and recreational materials; information assistance; a door to pre-school learning, and local history and genealogy. The library has served as a gateway to information keeping a collection of current topics and titles. Early childhood literacy has been a priority for three generations. Additional roles the library currently plays are: a technology center; provides public computer access; formal education support, and information literacy. The library plans to continue these roles in the future.

Existing Programs

The library currently provides three weekly story times for pre-school children. Story time for school age children is held once a month. The story times are divided into three grade levels. It provides an organized summer reading club for children from kindergarten to the fifth grade. A teen book club is held once a month. Interlibrary loan services are provided for patrons. Exam proctoring is offered.

Identified Needs

The city of Canadian needs more housing. There has been a major population growth due to oil and gas production. The library needs more programming for adults and children.

Identified Assets

Identified community assets include: a municipal airport, historic wagon bridge, walking trails, campgrounds, public swimming pool, tennis courts, and a municipal golf course. The area contains horse and cattle ranches and farms. Oil fields and gas are key energy assets of the community. The community has a chain grocery; Alco discount store; Dollar General; hardware and lumber store; an assortment of dining establishments from fast food to elegant; three banks; three hotels; many bread and breakfasts; three guest ranches, and boutique retail shops. Medical care in the community is provided by four doctors, one pharmacy, and a hospital. Nursing home care is available. A new assisted living facility is being built. There are four school campuses.

The library assets include a free-standing building that underwent an extensive remodel completed in 2011. It has a large meeting room. There is a dedicated staff that is committed to providing library service to the county. The library has six public access computers and Wi-Fi access. There are three computers for children with educational software.

Thank You Statement

Hemphill County Library would like to thank the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for providing funding for the University of North Texas PEARL project and the library’s participation in it. Hemphill County Library expresses thanks to Hemphill County and the city of Canadian for their support of the library.

Location

Hemphill County Library
500 Main St. Canadian, TX 79014
United States
35° 54' 34.758" N, 100° 22' 40.3176" W
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Keywords: 
Summer reading club, Book club, Interlibrary loan services, Exam proctoring

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