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Nocona Public Library

Introduction

Nocona, Texas is a small town with a population of 3,033 located in Montague County. Close to the Red River,Nocona is approximately 50 miles from the city of Wichita Falls and is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and State Highway 175. Nearby cities include Henrietta and Bowie, Texas. The name “Nocona” derives from Peta Nocona, a Comanche chief famed for his role in the Comanche Wars in Texas during the mid-1800s. Historically, Nocona was a stop along the Chisolm Trail and was settled in 1887 primarily because of its location along developing railroad lines.

Historical, Current and Future Roles

Since its beginning in 1972, the library has been a place of lifelong learning. It has provided free and equal access to information, computer access, and has been a pre-school door to learning and promoted early literacy. Currently the library meets the needs of lifelong learners and serves as a community meeting place. Early childhood literacy resources, local history, and genealogy information are available at the library. In the future, the library plans to expand services to learners of all ages through volunteer led classes, and to provide support to local businesses.

Existing Programs

The library offers a summer reading program, a preschool story time and a book club for adults. The library regularly hosts art exhibits showcasing the works of local students, artists and art teachers. The inter-library loan services offered by Nocona Public Library are well-used by library patrons.

Identified Needs

Identified needs in the community include: lack of major retail stores, job opportunities, lack of governmental offices such as Texas Workforce Commission, and there is a need for telecommunication retail stores such as Verizon or AT&T.

Challenges the library faces include: the need for more staffing and a viable volunteer workforce. Community surveys have identified a need for basic computer skills classes and for more programming for all ages such as book clubs, senior activities, and gaming. The library recognizes a need to reach out to the teen age group in the community and encourage active use of library services. Surveys also show that residents, while appreciating the selection of reading materials and the esthetics of the library, want an even wider variety of books, magazines and services as well as extended hours.

Identified Assets

Assets for the community include the visitor’s center and the Chamber of Commerce being visibly located at the edge of town. Progressive medical services are offered through the local hospital, the physical therapy center and the wellness center. There are two hotels in town. Cultural assets include an art gallery and a museum.

Library assets include an attractive stand-alone facility, a knowledgeable staff and friendly volunteers.

Thank You Statement

The Nocona Public Library would like to thank the city of Nocona and the Nocona City Council for their continued support of the library. The library would also like to thank the Friends of the Nocona Public Library for all their volunteer hours of service and for their donations of shelving and furniture as well as for all their assistance in the Summer Reading Program.

The library is grateful to Marco Rodriguez and the staff and volunteers of the Nocona Senior Citizens Center. Without their help, the Nocona Public Library project, Minds Alive! would not have come to fruition. The Cherry Street Villa assisted living facility and director Mary Adams also deserve thanks for their willingness to partner with the library.

Gratitude is extended to the Robert & Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for their belief in and support of rural libraries. Funding of the PEARL Project grant through the University of North Texas strengthens the library and makes this community outreach possible.

Location

Nocona Plublic Library
10 Cooke Street. Nocona, TX 76255
United States
33° 47' 14.3016" N, 97° 43' 30.4752" W
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Summer reading program, Inter-library loan services

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