- Organization Name:Alicia Salinas City of Alice Public LIbrary
- Address:P.O. Box 3229
401 E. Third Street
Alice, TX 78333
The Alicia Salinas City of Alice Public Library serves as a community learning resource to meet the diverse informational needs of all citizens of Alice and Jim Wells County. We do so through our collections, facilities and reference services, and through special programs for different age groups— preschool children, children 6-12, young adults, and seniors.
Believing that early development of good reading habits leads to a higher level of literacy through one’s life, we give special attention to the children and youth of our community. We seek close cooperation with local schools and are dedicated to serving as a center for reading, learning and technology.
Our second focus is service to adult readers whom we believe need easy access to information for business, educational, leisure and civic needs. Therefore, we are building collections of high interest, current materials which serve as the basis for timely and accurate reference service.
During the course, of a year, the Alicia Salinas City of Alice Public Library provides a variety of programs and services to our patrons. Some of the services offered include reference where patrons get help with research and have questions answered. Another service offered is the public access computers. There are 26 computers currently available for patrons to use for a variety of purposes including job searches, resumes, job applications, email, and research. Interlibrary loan is another service provided to our patrons. The library can request titles from other libraries for a fee. Through the TexShare database program the library is able to offer 20 different databases to the public. These databases are comprised of articles from professional journals that are predominant in their discipline. Some of the subjects included in the databases are science, arts, and genealogy. The library offers these services every day the library is open.
The library has a variety of materials available to the public. Regional newspapers, magazines, audio books, and large print are just a few examples of the kinds of materials available to the public. The library has a central branch, as well as, two branch libraries-- Orange Grove and Premont. Each of these branches offers resources that help to serve the community in which the library resides.
The library has several programs that are offered each week. One of the programs is Storybook Friends, which is a story time for prekindergarten patrons and their caregivers. This program is held each week on Wednesday during the school year and started in 1980. Another program offered is Families Reading Together. This program is held on Thursdays and is a story time program offered to any child under 12 and their caregivers. Families Reading Together started in 2009. Every summer the library offers a summer reading program to children and their caregivers from infant to 12 years of age. The library has been offering a summer reading program to the community for over 20 years.
The library also hosts several special programs each year. Each year the programs vary. This year the library hosted Science Rocks, which is a traveling trailer that has several science station housed inside. The participants had hands-on experience with a variety of science topics. Another special program the library was able to host this year was a puppet show called Aladdin and His Magic Lamp. Both programs were well attended and the library is hoping to do more these kinds of programs in the future.
The Alice Public Library ( renamed the Alicia Salinas City of Alice Public Library in 2011) started in 1932 and was founded by the Business and Professional Women’s Club. The library started in the county courthouse and consisted of one room, which was filled with donated books from the community. In 1938, the library was relocated to a small building.There was an elected librarian. In 1940, the library was deeded to the City of Alice and was to be used as a free library. A new building was built for the library and opened in 1967, which is the building that the library currently resides in today. The building was much larger than the previous one and had a modern design.
- Year established:1932
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Not Applicable
- IRS Section:115(1)
- IRS Subsection:None
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