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Thompson Sawyer Public Library

Introduction

Quanah, Texas is located on US Highway 287, a main route from the Gulf of Texas to the Canadian border. Quanah is 197 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Texas and 146 miles southeast of Amarillo, Texas. Quanah is the county seat of Hardeman County. It was established in 1884 as a stop on the Fort Worth to Denver railway. The county is bordered by the state of Oklahoma to the north. The population of Hardeman County is 4,139 according to the 2010 census and 2,776 populations for the City of Quanah. Quanah is named for Quanah Parker, the last Chief of the Comanche tribe.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles of the Library

Historically and currently the Thompson Sawyer Public Library has been a place for lifelong learning, basic literacy, and free and equal access to information. It is also a community meeting place that provides educational and recreational materials, technology, and information assistance. The library provides local history and genealogy information, formal education support, information literacy, and adult learning and access to the Internet with public use computers. Library programs have historically supported childhood literacy and a pre-school door to learning. The library intends to continue these roles in the future.

Existing Programs

The library currently provides a weekly story time for pre-school children. It provides an organized summer reading club for school-age children. Interlibrary loan services are provided for patrons as needed.

Identified Needs

The community of Quanah has the following needs: more job opportunities and diversity in work compared to what is available and bi-lingual speakers to assist community members that do not speak English. Young Adults need more volunteer opportunities. The library needs more funding, staff, and community involvement.

Identified Assets

The community has a chain grocery store, post office, assisted living facility, local newspaper, state and city parks, historical sites, and easy access by air with a municipal airport and by car via a major highway. The school district is a strong asset to the community. Library assets include a recently remodeled facility and many dedicated volunteers.

Thank You Statement

The library would like to thank the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to participate in the PEARL project along with the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for funding the project. The high school students who have committed to donate their time to participate in the outreach plan deserve thanks as do the many people and clubs who helped organize the outreach plan including the high school counselor, National Honor Society, members of the 1904 Juniorettes, and the staff of Thompson Sawyer library.

Location

Thompson Sawyer Public Library
403 West 3rd Street Quanah, TX 79252-3825
United States
34° 17' 53.9952" N, 99° 44' 34.4184" W
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Summer reading program, Inter-library loan services

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