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Kent County Library

Introduction

The town of Jayton is the county seat of Kent County, Texas. It is located on State Highway 70. The county is bounded on the north by Dickens County, on the west by Garza County, on the east by Stonewall County, and on the south by Scurry and Fisher counties. It is designated as part of the Texas Plains Trail Region by the Texas Historical Commission & the Texas Heritage Trails Program.

Jayton was originally named Jay Flat after the Jay family and was two miles northwest of the present site. The town was incorporated in 1910. Putoff Canyon, three miles west of town attracted the attention of author Zane Grey who used it as the setting for his novel, The Thundering Herd. Comanche Indians and herds of wild mustangs roamed the area prior to settlers making homesteads.

Kent County, established in 1876, is named for Andrew Kent, one of the "Immortal 32" who died at the Alamo. Kent County was organized in 1892 with Clairemont as the county seat. Jayton was founded in 1909 after the railroad built a line across the county's northeast corner. Jayton became the county seat in 1954 after a two-year political struggle with Clairemont.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically and currently, the library is a place for free and equal access to information, a community meeting place, and is a center for lifelong learning. It provides educational and recreational reading materials including current topics and titles and local history and genealogy. It provides research assistance to everyone. The library intends to continue these roles in the future.

Existing Programs

The library has weekly story time for pre-school aged children. It has summer reading programs for elementary aged children. It helps provide reading materials for homeschooled children. The library is a place for exam proctoring for members of the community. It provides inter-library loan services and access to Tex-Share databases.

Identified Needs

The community needs an economic development plan to bring in more business and people.

The library needs more physical space. There is a need for more programs for people in the community especially ones dealing with technology such as computers, cell phones, and music devices.

Identified Assets

Assets of the community include: cattle ranches, farmland, oil fields, public swimming pool, small county airport, county golf course, tennis courts, public park, K-12 public school, city hall, county courthouse, health clinic, children’s group foster home, senior citizens center, cotton gin, post office, community center, fire station, grocery store, RV park, nursing home, sheriff’s office, and county extension office. The Farmer’s Coop operates a gin, small store, and gas pump for farming and ranching needs. Other businesses include a Chevrolet dealership and lumber yard

The library currently has 3 stand alone computers for public access and 8 laptops with Wi-Fi access. Caprock Telephone Cooperative provides service through a DSL line.

Thank You Statement

The library would like to thank the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for funding the University of North Texas PEARL (Promoting and Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) program and for including the Kent County Library in the project.

Location

Kent County Library
156 West 4th Street Jayton , TX 79528-0028
United States
33° 14' 52.9116" N, 100° 34' 29.6904" W
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Keywords: 
Summer reading programs for children, Exam proctoring, Inter-library loan services, Tex-Share databases

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