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Yoakum County Library-Plains Community Outreach Plan

Introduction

Yoakum County, population 7,698 (2009 census data) is on the west side of Texas. Plains is one of only two towns in the county. It is located in the center of the county and has 1,450 residents as of the 2000 Census. The town is on a major state highway, State Highway 82 that runs from Texas into New Mexico. Plains is about seventy-five miles southwest of Lubbock. The county was organized in 1907 and Plains was designated the county seat.

Historical, Current, and Future Roles for the Library

Historically the library has been the place for: lifelong learning; free information access; a meeting place; provider of educational and recreational materials; information assistance; local history; formal education support; provider of current topics and titles; public computer access; place for early childhood literacy, and a pre-school door to learning. Currently the library fulfills those roles plus being a place for adult learning, a gateway to information, business support, and a place to get help with career and workforce development. In the future the library would like to expand its programs and services for adult learning, and become a community commons for Senior citizens.

Existing Programs

The library has a number of existing programs it offers to library patrons such as: weekly story time for pre-school aged children; annual summer reading program for children; regular art and crafts displays; exam proctoring, and inter-library loan.

Identified Needs

One of the challenges for the area is the dependency on the cattle ranches and farmlands. If there is a bad year for crops or cattle, that creates an economic hardship for the cattle ranchers and farmers. It results in a loss of jobs by the laborers who typically work on the farms and ranches, and has a ripple effect on businesses. Another challenge is the lack of amenities in the area; it is very rural with little entertainment or shopping options.

Identified needs of the library are: more computers; more promotion of the library and its services and programs; more programs for children in general; more DVD movies; adult reading and writing contests, and downloadable eBooks.

Identified Assets

Community assets identified include: public swimming pool; tennis courts; a public park; rodeo grounds; vineyards; cattle ranches; farmland; oil fields; cotton gin; elementary, middle and high school; City Hall; County Courthouse; health clinic; Youth Center; City owned utilities; Post Office; Community Center; Volunteer Fire Department; county jail; Department of Public Safety; small grocery store; Yoakum County Museum; historical building; churches, and one fast food restaurant (Dairy Queen).

The library’s assets include: very supportive patrons; it is a stand-alone facility that has been recently rennovated; it has well-attended and well-received children’s programs, and a conference room for the library and public to use. Assets the staff possess include: being involved in community; good management, people, and computer skills; have a commitment to free access to information for the public; share knowledge with each other and with patrons; are good listeners and able to identify trends; are professional, well trained, and knowledgable; friendly and helpful; experienced and enthusiastic; appreciate diversity; good budgeting skills; able to manage projects well; technology savvy; encourage early literacy as well as encourage adult literacy; promote a love of reading; maintain confidentiality, and communicate well with patrons.

Thank You Statement

The Yoakum County Library would like to thank Jim Barron, Yoakum County Judge, the Yoakum County Commissioners, and the people of Yoakum County for continuing funding and support. The Library would like to thank the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust for funding the University of North Texas (UNT) PEARL project. We would like to thank the Trust and UNT for choosing our Library to participate in the PEARL project. The Library staff would like to thank Barbara Blake for working with us on the Yoakum County Library-Plains Community Outreach Plan. The library’s participation in the PEARL project will assist the library in developing outreach programs for Senior Citizens and will help us in writing grants for this and future outreach programs. Director Pat McNabb would like to thank the staff of the library for their understanding and support while she worked on developing this outreach program.

Location

Yoakum County Library
9th and E P.O. Box 419 Plains, TX 79355
United States
33° 11' 22.7472" N, 102° 49' 45.3288" W
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Summer reading program for children, Regular art and crafts displays, Exam proctoring, Inter-library loan

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