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Lamb County Library Community Outreach Plan

Introduction

Lamb County is located in West Texas below the Panhandle region about 35 miles from the New Mexico border and approximately 90 miles southwest of Amarillo. Littlefield with a population of 6,507 is the county seat of Lamb County and is on Highway 84 and Farm 54.

Lamb County is a rural community with 8 towns and in 2000 the population was 14,709. Lamb County was named for George A. Lamb, who died in the Battle of San Jacinto. The town of Littlefield was named for George W. Littlefield who donated the land the town was settled on. The main businesses are cotton farming and dairies, and the major employer is the American Cotton Growers Denim Mill.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles for the Library

Historically the library served as a gathering place and provider of recreational and educational materials. The Lamb County Library’s role in the community today is to: provide it’s patron with the tools to improve their lives; help them stay connected with an ever changing world; teach them to navigate through the digital world of paperless online job applications; assist them in updating resumes; help them apply for permits necessary for them to run a business; provide entertainment, and life-long learning with the materials and resources the library has to offer. In the future the library would like to reach out to the Senior citizens and homebound in the community.

Existing Programs

The library currently offers the following programs: Saturday computer classes; Tuesday story times; Summer Reading Program and on demand special reading programs for school groups.

Identified Needs

The community needs identified include: more employment opportunities are needed; stronger workforce center presence; skills development opportunities for local residents, and economic development to draw in more businesses. A challenge the community has is the closing of some of the local dairy farms and the high turn-over at the Denim plant. Due to the lack of jobs, many residents must travel to Lubbock (about 35 miles one way) or Levelland (25 miles one way) to work.

Needs identified for the library includes: additional staff training on technology; computer program updating; prioritizing our tasks and activities to be able to finish those that are most important, and find ways to get teenagers more involved with the library.

Identified Assets

Identified assets for the community includes: hospital and health clinic; pharmacies; Senior Citizen Center; independent school district with an elementary, middle, junior high, and high school; daycare centers and Head Start; world’s tallest windmill; home of Waylon Jennings; dairy farms; farmland; community center with outdoor bandstand; baseball/softball complex; 3 public parks; Chamber of Commerce; golf course; Fire Department; Police Station; City Hall; soccer field; women’s softball team in high school; Lamb County Courthouse; Lamb County Veterans Memorial; assisted living center and nursing home; low income housing; a number of churches; various civic organizations such as Rotary, Lion’s Club, and a number of women’s clubs; local newspaper; radio station; historical buildings and sites, and the Duggan House Museum.

The library assets include: a good number of public accessible computers and a staff that are technology savvy. At least one person on the staff has the following ability or skill: involved in community groups and organizations; good management skills; grant writing experience; good people skills; advocate for free and equal access to information; bi-lingual, and able to manage detailed projects. The staff in general: share knowledge and resources; encourage feedback; provide responsive service by listening to library users; are knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful; promote love of reading for all life stages/ages; provide career and workforce development assistance; maintain confidentiality of library user records, and communicate openly with each other. There is a local volunteer genealogist who is available to help patrons with genealogy related questions.

Thank You Statement

The library would like to thank the Lamb County Commissioners, County Judge, Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Library, library patrons, and local businesses for their continued support.

Location

Lamb County Library
110 E. 6th Littlefield, TX 79339
United States
33° 55' 13.1448" N, 102° 19' 48.162" W
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Saturday computer classes, Tuesday story times, Summer Reading Program

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