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Post Public Library Community Outreach Plan

Introduction

Post is the county seat of Garza County located in West Texas off the east escarpment of the Caprock at the junction of U.S. Hwy 84 and U.S. Hwy 380. The Caprock Escarpment is a term used primarily in Texas to describe the geographical transition point between the elevated plains of the Llano Estacado and the surrounding land. The term caprock itself is a geological term for harder rock over weaker rock. In Garza County the caprock is composed mainly of sandstone. The wind and weathering of the sandstone has resulted in dramatic vistas.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically the Post Public Library has played the following roles in the community: lifelong learning, basic literacy, free and equal access to information, information assistance, and local history and genealogy. In addition to these, the library currently provides formal education support, information literacy, current topics and titles, business support, public computer access, career and workforce development, and promotes early childhood literacy. Due to staff and budget limitations, the library is striving to continue to fulfill and further develop its historical and current roles.

Existing Programs

In addition to have summer reading programs each year, the library offers a variety of programs on an occasional basis. These includes: author visits, story time, exam proctoring, inter-library loan, and special interest group meetings.

Identified Needs

The community as a whole needs job opportunities, single family home rental properties, more homes available for purchase, and more employers looking for workers. The primary employers in the area are the Post Independent School District and the federal prison, the Giles W. Dalby Correctional Facility.

The library itself needs more space. Currently the library is approximately 3,373 square feet. There is no opportunity for expansion in this location or at this time. One of the limitations due to space is the lack of a place to meet. There is no meeting room, conference room, computer lab or reading room. This restricts the library’s ability to do programs in the library or to become the community’s main gathering place. The library needs to focus more on having programs in locations other than the library. There are a number of potential partners the library could work with that could provide meeting space for a library program such as: the Heritage House, local schools, nursing home, daycare, and Head Start.

Identified Assets

Community

The people of Post identify the following as historical and cultural assets: Native American Indian sites, historical markers throughout the county, OS museum and Garza County Historical museum, Garza Theatre, Ragtown Gospel Theater, Tower Theater, and the Heritage House. The OS museum is in the original building built by C.W. Post in 1911 to house the offices of his Land and Cattle Company. It has rotating exhibits with seasonal displays, especially during Easter and Christmas. It was established to house art and artifacts collected from around the world. It includes a collection of nativity scenes, Faberge eggs, Waterford crystal, Lalique, sculptures with a primarily Western theme, as well as tribal made blankets and shawls from around the world.

Special events include: the Old Mill Trade Day (first Saturday of each month), the 4th of July event, Native American Taba’na Yuan’e (Sunrise Wind ceremony held at dawn), and the annual Christmas Festival. The Christmas Festival begins the day after Thanksgiving with a parade and continues throughout the month. Businesses decorate their display windows and a small open air train called the Post Toasties Train provides rides for children and adults each evening down Main Street.

Facilities and city services include: the Post Community Center, City Hall, Fire Department, Post Dispatch weekly newspaper, My Special Place daycare, Windham Early Head Start & Head Start Center, Golden Plains Care Center (adult care), Senior Citizens Center, Garza County Courthouse, Garza County Health Clinic, EMS, Meals on Wheels, VFW, American Legion, various civic organizations, numerous churches, several RV park accommodations along with the Budget Inn of Post and Best Western Post Inn, Ruby Lane Bookstore and businesses.

For outdoor recreation, assets include: the Camp Post Boy Scout Retreat, Norm Cash Baseball Park, rodeo grounds, city park with a public swimming pool, tennis courts, nearby lakes and ponds, seasonal hunting and fishing opportunities, and a skateboard park.

The primary industries in the area are: sheep and cattle ranches, oil fields, and cotton and grain production. The largest employers in the area are the Post ISD school system, Giles W. Dalby Correctional Facility (prison).

The Post Garza County Municipal Airport, approximately 4 miles east of the city, serves small personal aircraft.

Location

Post Public Library
105 E Main St # 2 Post, TX 79356-3247
United States
33° 11' 27.0312" N, 101° 22' 41.4444" W
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Keywords: 
Author visits, Story time, Exam proctoring, Inter-library loan

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