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Scurry County Library

Introduction

Scurry County is located in northwest central Texas in the part of the plains drained by the Colorado River. The Scurry County Library is located in the city of Snyder, the county seat. The Texas census in 2010 showed the county to have a population of 16,291. The nearest city with a population of over 100,000 is Abilene, TX, located approximately 79 miles to the east of Snyder. Lubbock, TX, with a population of over 200,000, is located approximately 85 miles to the northeast of Snyder.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

The historical roles of the library include: life-long learning; educational and recreational materials; information assistance; local history and genealogy; formal education support, and early childhood literacy. In addition to the roles already mentioned the library is: a community meeting place; technology center, provides public computer access, and career and workforce development assistance. For the future, the library would like to more fully develop computer literacy, information literacy, and make materials available to citizens 24/7 via electronic download services.

Existing Programs

The library offers story time once a week in the library for pre-school aged children. Library staff provides an off-site story time program at a local coffee shop and to children in a local daycare each week. Adult reading programs are presented to clients at the local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The Summer Reading Program reaches children ages pre-school through teen. The library provides a program several times a year to help clear fines (Food for Fines). Exam proctoring, interlibrary loan, and displays of paintings by the local palette club are ongoing activities. The library provides a public bulletin board, free information brochure distribution, and serves as a depository for public information to be made available to the public.

Identified Needs

Community needs identified include: low-cost housing, the area has a low unemployment rate due to booming oil, wind and solar energy concerns but needs additional businesses to provide more jobs at all levels.

Needs identified for the library include: more hours open to the public, teen programs, more funding, and materials for home school families.

Identified Assets

Identified community assets include farming, ranching, oil industry, and wind farms. Snyder has one of the fastest growing junior colleges in the state of Texas, Western Texas College. The Scurry County Museum is located on the college campus. Snyder has a hospital, D. M. Cogdell Memorial Hospital. Snyder is known for the White Buffalo statue on the city square.

Library assets include having strong bonds with other organizations in the community. It has good relationships with: the elementary schools, the daycares, and nursing homes. Community resources available to the library include: the local newspaper, Snyder Daily News; the local radio station KSNY; the cable television provider, Sudden Link; and the historic theater, the Ritz, which have all provided advertising and space to the library. Local dance and martial arts studios support the library by offering demonstrations. The library maintains a strong relationship with county and city officials.

Thank You Statement

The library appreciates the support of the Scurry County Judge and Commissioners and the City of Snyder and the library staff and volunteers who ably execute the library’s long-range plan and make it look easy. The library would like to thank the Library Board and the Friends of the Library for providing financial and community support, and the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for funding the University of North Texas PEARL project and the library’s participation in it.

Location

Scurry County Library
1916 23rd Street Snyder, TX 79549-1910
United States
32° 43' 9.0156" N, 100° 55' 7.1328" W
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Keywords: 
Adult reading programs, Summer Reading Program children, Exam proctoring, Interlibrary loan

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