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Lovett Memorial Library-Pampa

Introduction

The city of Pampa is located approximately 60 miles east of Amarillo on Highway 60 and Texas 70. There are several small towns in a 15-mile radius from Pampa. The city’s population, as of 2010, was 17,887. Pampa is the county seat for Gray County.

In 1888 a telegraph station on the Southern Kansas Railroad developed in the area and was named Glasgow. It was renamed Sutton a year later. A post office was established in 1892. George Tyng, manager of the White Deer Land Company, changed the town’s name to Pampa. Pampas grass is prevalent in the area. Pampa is derived from the Spanish word “pampas,” which means “plains.” The first school opened in 1903, and the first church was organized in 1906. J.N. Duncan (1858-1941) became Pampa’s first mayor in 1912. Following a 1920’s oil boom, the county seat was moved to Pampa from Lefors in 1928.

Famous folk singer, Woody Gutherie lived in Pampa in 1931-37 where he began his musical career. Woody Gutherie Days are celebrated in the month of October in Pampa. Pampa was the inspiration for his song, ‘Dusty Old Dust’. Pampa is the birthplace of Zach Thomas, a famous football player for the Miami Dolphins (1996-2008). He played football for White Deer until his sophomore year when he transferred to Pampa. In 2006, Stone Phillips, the anchor of Dateline, did his “Friday Nights Lights” segment in Pampa.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically and currently, the Lovett Memorial Library has filled many roles in the community. Historical roles include adult literacy, lifelong learning, local history and genealogy, and fulfilling educational and recreational needs of the community. Current roles include lifelong learning; providing free and equal access to information; community meeting place; English as a Second Language; Spanish classes; computer access; early childhood literacy; preschool door to learning; senior citizen outreach; book club discussion for preteens and teenagers, and technology center. In the future, the library would like to continue filling these roles and focus on the needs of the teenage population of Pampa.

Existing Programs

The library offers several programs to the residents of Pampa. These include nursing home story time; home delivery to homebound patrons; author visits; book discussion group (Tea & Talk); story time in the library; story time in local preschools and local elementary schools; summer reading program; Fall Festival with haunted library and trick-or-treating; reading clubs for middle and high school children; basic computer classes; holiday card program for senior centers, and genealogy assistance.

Identified Needs

The main need for Pampa is for more job search assistance due to the closing of the Texas Workforce Commission office in the city. The Hispanic population of the town also requires more help in learning English and navigating the various social and legal aspects of living in the United States of America. The library needs, according to surveys distributed to the community, more book talks, daycare programs, computer classes, help with e-readers, and programs for the preteen and teenage population.

Identified Assets

Pampa has several assets. These include the White Deer Land Museum, the Woody Gutherie House, the Woody Gutherie Folk Music Center, and the Freedom Museum USA. The city also has a new large aquatic center with water slides, a lazy river, and a lap pool. There are tennis courts, outdoor track, youth center with weights, basketball court, indoor track, rodeo grounds, two new hotels, and RV campgrounds.

The library provides 21 public access computers (PAC), which are all hooked up to two black and white printers. Four of the PACs are connected to two scanners. The library has a Xerox machine for black and white copies at $.15 a page. The library provides Wi-Fi to library patrons. There are over 55,000 volumes of print material in the library. The library offers an adult reading club and two teen reading clubs. There is an outdoor reading garden for those who wish to enjoy nature while reading. There are seven friendly full-time staff members to assist patrons with their library needs and questions. For the convenience of the public, the library is open seven days a week.

Thank You Statement

The Lovett Memorial Library is grateful for the support of many people and groups: Pampa City Council, the Library Advisory Board, Friends of the Library, and the National Honor Society and Junior Honor Society, who make up most of the library’s volunteers. 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.

Location

Lovett Memorial Library-Pampa
111 N. Houston Pampa, TX 79065
United States
35° 32' 15.0324" N, 100° 57' 28.9404" W
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Keywords: 
Nursing home story time, Home delivery to homebound patrons, Author visits, Book discussion group (Tea & Talk)

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