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Alvarado Public Library and Senior Citizens Center opened April of 1989
in a shared facility. the Library/Senior Center
served the public for over 13 years until the building was
condemned on March 19th, 2002.
the building was condemned, the library made
several moves into temporary locations and then spent three years
operating out of 462 sq. feet inside the Alvarado Senior Citizens and
On April 11, 2005 the Alvarado Public Library opened to the public.
here for a more detailed history of the Library.
During the last fiscal year, October 2010-September 2011, the
Library circulated over 45,671 items.
organizations regularly use the Library’s
1000 sq ft. Community Meeting Room. The Community Meeting Room is also
used by library staff and volunteers who offer: a weekly pre-school Story Time,
video gaming, gardening lectures, after-school movies, a Book Club and the Summer Reading Program
for all ages.
The Library is also
home to the Alvarado Area Chamber of Commerce. The library staff
answers the Chamber’s telephone, directing callers to various
organizations and City Departments and they answer questions about
Alvarado and the surrounding area.
Please come to the
circulation desk to:
Ask for assistance
Check out or return
purchase requests or
Get free bookmarks,
brochures and program schedules
The library staff will be happy to
proctor correspondence course examinations which are open book style and
are not subject to unusual or stringent proctoring guidelines. All postage
for mailing of tests and answer sheets is the responsibility of the
Alvarado public Library is primarily funded by the taxpayers of the City
of Alvarado. The library does not receive funds from Johnson County or
from the Alvarado Independent
How to Contact
The library's mailing address is:
Alvarado Public Library
210 N. Baugh St.
Alvarado, TX 76009
The library's phone number is (817) 783-7323
Full-time Staff Members:
Director, Leanna Cowan
Circulation Desk/Story Time, Precious Moore
Mornings from 10-2 Circulation Desk/Story Time - Kelly Newell. (bi-lingual English/Spanish)
Afternoons from 3-7 Circulation Desk - Ashley M.
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meet the needs of the residents of greater Alvarado and to keep pace with
technological advances, the Alvarado Public Library has developed four
General Information For All Age Groups
Current Topics and Titles
follows are our strategic priorities for the years 2011 – 2016. In order
to ensure that this plan is a living, changing document, activities and
tasks are developed on an annual basis and will be changed and modified as
Strategic Priority 1
– Current Topics and Titles
Take library customer requests for new
the community in planning and creating new displays and programs.
at least two public forums on current topics of interest every year.
library customer requests for Consortium and Interlibrary
Strategic Priority 2 - Improve
Services to the Community
Continue to expand our programs for family literacy and provide outreach to
homebound, disabled and underserved individuals in our community.
Continue to make our automated library catalog available on the Internet and
find ways to make our catalog and web pages more accessible or user
friendly to people of all ages and to individuals with disabilities.
Continue to provide public access to a high quality color printer.
Continue to provide public access to a computer & Internet compatible microfilm
reader/printer document/book scanner.
Periodically survey our patrons to see that their needs are being
Strategic Priority 3 - Information
Strategic Priority 4 -
programs in cooperation/collaboration with Head Start, local schools
or other educational agencies in the area.
and improve our Summer Reading Program Presentations.
at least three separate Book Discussion Groups/Clubs for Adults, Teens
Strategic Priority 5 - Market the
and distribute our library brochure.
brand for the library.
regular column for the newspaper.
local children decorate the library with their artwork.
and improve our library’s website.
Priority 6 – Enhance the Library’s Appearance
Clean or re-paint the Library’s
walls as evaluation prescribes and budget will allow.
Replace, clean or add to existing
furniture as evaluation prescribes and budget will allow.
Replace or clean flooring as
evaluation prescribes and budget will allow.
or add to existing shelving as evaluation prescribes and budget will
Priority 7 – Update the Library’s Equipment, Computers, Server and
outdated public access computers, or upgrade their upper memory
capacity, as evaluation
prescribes and budget will allow.
outdated staff computers &
server as evaluation
prescribes and budget will allow.
outdated application software as evaluation prescribes and budget
Alvarado Public Library's mission is to provide the highest quality of
user-oriented public library services for all citizens of Alvarado,
to encourage life-long learning, to
expand the intellectual life of the community and to support inquiry
through access to information.
challenge is to meet the informational and educational needs of library
users involved in both formal and informal learning activities through the
use of a broad range of contemporary and historical print and non-print
media, as well as technology, in a non-judgmental environment.
subscribe to the "Code of Professional Ethics" and the
"Library Bill of Rights" of the American Library
(Policies are taken from the Alvarado Public Library's
401 - Access
401.1 - Resident
The Alvarado Public Library will serve without charge all persons who reside
in the City
401.2 - Non-resident
The following annual fees shall apply for non-residents residing in or out of Johnson
County and those residing in the
Alvarado Independent School District: Library cards will
cost $10 per year for individuals
and $15 per year for
families [a family is defined as a
parent or legal guardian and their children who are under the age of (18)
Computer and In-house Use cards will cost $1.50 per year. Library cards will not be issued
the state of Texas, however, fee-based out-of-state computer
and free one-time-use computer access may be issued
at the discretion of the
401.3 Student Use Library Card
Students residing in the Alvarado Independent School
District may obtain a free student use Library card. The free student
use Library card is only to be used to borrow books and audio books that
are age appropriate for school reading and research purposes.
The free student use Library card may not be used to
check out movies or music and may not be used to check out materials for
other family members. The free student use Library card is not
available to anyone who already has had a Library card which has
been voided or whose family has voided cards or
owes fines. Other forms of
proof-of-residency may be asked for by the Library Board.
401.4 TexShare Library Card
Patrons with *active Library memberships, **in good
standing for at least three (3) consecutive months, may apply for a TexShare Library Card,
which they may use at participating TexShare member libraries. Patrons
are responsible for any damages or loss of materials, fines, or other
fees imposed by the TexShare member libraries. Patrons must continue
maintain an active membership with the Alvarado Public Library and remain in good standing or their
TexShare cards will not be renewed each year and will be subject to
*Active - the patron borrows materials from the Alvarado
Public Library at least once per month.
** In good standing - items are returned in the same condition as when
they were borrowed, there are no outstanding fees or fines, or overdue
materials and there have been no violations of any of the library's
rules regarding the computers, other library materials or patron
401.5 - Hours
The hours of service will be determined by the Alvarado
Public Library Advisory Board. Posted hours will be maintained. A staff
member will be present at all times the Library is open.
401.6 - Limitations
The use of the Alvarado Public Library may be denied
for due cause. Objectionable conduct, creating a disturbance,
destruction of property, failure to abide by the rules of operation,
loitering or interference with service to others may be considered sufficient
grounds to effect temporary curtailment of services at the
discretion of the Library Director.
402 - Gifts and donations
402.1 - The Alvarado Public Library Advisory Board reserves
the right to
reject any gift. A gift policy form must
be completed and signed by the
402.2 - The Board accepts gifts of books and other materials with the
understanding that the Board has the authority to make whatever
disposition is deemed advisable. The Board reserves the right to dispose
of unusable materials. The Board will not place a monetary value on any
gift (For tax purposes, the Board can prepare an acknowledgement for the
402.3 - Gifts of money, real property, and/or stock will be
attached thereto are acceptable to the
402.4 - The Board will not accept materials, which are not outright
402.5 - No materials of any kind will be placed in the facility without permission.
403 - Loans or displays.
The facility will accept requested materials approved by the
Board for display. The Board will not assume liability for displayed
404 - Equipment lending policies.
404.1 - Facility owned audio-visual equipment may be
loaned on a short-term (one or two day) basis to any civic, cultural, or
educational group. The equipment may not be loaned for private or commercial use of
404.2 - A knowledgeable operator must be available to run the equipment, and
using the equipment is responsible for any and all damages.
404.3 - Although it is not necessary,
since replacement bulbs are costly, small donations by
the library';s audio-visual equipment will be appreciated, .
404.4 - An agreement form must be signed by the person responsible for the
the time it is loaned out.
405 - Complaints and/or grievances
Complaints and/or grievances will be registered with the
Library Director. The Library Director will review all complaints and
reply in writing. If the complaint is not resolved to the patron's
satisfaction, the complaint may be refereed, again in writing, to the
Library Board for arbitration, and if not resolved, to the City Council.
(Complaints about library materials are addressed in the Reevaluation
406 - Miscellaneous
406.1 - Patrons will be required to behave in a
courteous manner so as not to infringe on other user's rights. Those who
cannot comply will be asked to leave.
406.2 – Smoking or the consumption of alcoholic
beverages will not be permitted in the Library; smoking or the
consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be permitted in the
conference room, restrooms or any room inside the Library building, or
near the library's entryways. The
consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be permitted on the Library
parking lot or the adjacent property, which belongs to the City of
406.3 - The telephone is for facility business; patrons
may use it only in case of emergency; they will need permission from a
406.4 - Photocopying - because of the copyright law, the
patron must assume all responsibility for photocopied material. No more
than fifty (50) pages from any book or periodical may be photocopied.
SERIES 500 -
501 - Inter-Library loan.
All eligible patrons of the Alvarado Public Library will
also have access to all services of the Texas Network when the Alvarado
Public qualifies. Photocopy charges and postage, if any, must be paid by the
patron for any materials requested.
502 - Selections of print and non-print materials for the
The Alvarado Public Library Advisory Board believes that
books and other materials must be selected not only to serve the
expressed needs of the total community but also to expand and develop
those needs, creatively and imaginatively. It believes that the
selection of materials requires the highest professional and critical
talents available and that the Library must be a source of information,
education, enlightenment, inspiration, and recreation for all the people
in the community, and must provide materials presenting all points of
view on significant problems and interests of the time.
The purpose of the collection is to provide, within the
budget limitations, the best possible materials that will satisfy the
educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of its
users and potential users, including all ages, degrees of reading
ability, educational levels, and individual and group interest. Within
the limits of the budget, all areas and points of view will be
represented in the collection. Flexibility and constant awareness and
anticipation of the changing needs of many different kinds of people
that the Library serves are essential in book selection. A sufficient
collection of reference books to supply information most frequently
needed will be maintained.
502.1 - The Alvarado Public Library will observe the policies of
Library Association as set forth in the " Bill of
Rights" and the
"Freedom to Read".
502.2 - To enable citizens to form their own opinions,
this will attempt to provide materials that present all points of view.
502.3 - Book selection.
Book selection, audiovisual materials and equipment
will be made by the Library Director with the approval of the
Alvarado Public Library Advisory Board, using basic tools and patron requests.
502.31 - Subject matter
502.311 - Controversial issues.
As far as possible, all sides of controversial
issues about which there is general concern will be provided.
Materials should give evidence of a sincere desire to uncover the
facts and should be written in a reasonable fashion as a result of
careful study. Sensationalism and undocumented statements and
accusations will usually be avoided. Occasionally, materials of
doubtful value - either fiction or non-fiction - may be included for
their timeliness and are discarded when they are no longer of
502.312 - Obscenities
Materials, which are obscene with deliberate intent,
shall not be admitted
Library. However, no
material shall be condemned on the basis of single
taken out of context. Serious works, which
present an honest picture of some
problems or aspect of
life, shall not be excluded because of language,
or subject matter.
502.313 - Religion
In the field of religion the Library will maintain an
points of view and will
need to identify and evaluate propaganda material
foster hatred or intolerant attitudes toward certain
502.32 - Textbooks
No attempt is made to supply textbooks used in
schools and colleges in this area; however, a book is not to be
excluded simply because it is a textbook.
502.33 - Staff selection
The staff may share in the process of selection of
material for developing the collection to meet professional
standards and needs of the users. However, the Library Director will
hold final decision and responsibility.
502.34 - Suggestions or requests
Suggestions or requests from Library patrons are
welcome and will be given serious consideration, but each request
will be judged on its own merit. Selections will be made on the
basis of reviews, published selected lists, and staff examination
when possible. Most materials selected should have at least one
favorable review, and controversial titles may require two or more.
If requested material is not purchased, every effort will be made to
secure the material through inter-library loan.
502.4 - Criteria for selection.
502.41 - Need in relation to the rest of the
502.42 - Need in relation to the interest of the
502.43 - Current or permanent value.
502.44 - Literary merit.
502.45 - Social significance.
502.46 - Sincerity.
502.47 - Responsibility of opinion.
502.48 - Attractiveness, durability, and technical
excellence of format.
502.49 - Available space and funds.
502.5 - Audio-visual instructional materials will be
included in the Library
503 - Maintenance and use of materials
503.1 - The latest editions of the "Dewey Decimal
Classification" and "Sears List of Subject Headings"
or Cataloging Data from The Library of Congress will be used in
classifying and assigning subject headings in the Library’s MARC
503.2 - The purchase and withdrawal of
materials will be a continuous
503.3 - Weeding.
Systematic removal of materials from the collection
is essential to maintaining the purpose and quality of resources.
503.4 - Only registered borrowers may check out
books, but anyone
may come in and use the Library.
503.5 - The loan period for most materials will be
for two weeks.
503.6 - All rules for fines will be set by the
Alvarado Public Library
503.7 - Library materials lost or ruined by a
patron shall be
replaced at current Library
costs, including processing fees –
all costs and fees to replace said materials
are to be paid by
the Library patron.
Library privileges will be revoked until
such payment is made.
504 - Periodicals and serials
504.1 - Purchase and acceptance.
Periodicals are purchased or accepted as gifts to
keep the Library 's collection up-to-date with current thinking in
various fields, to supplement the book collection, to supply
recreational reading, and to serve the staff as book selection aids
and paraprofessional reading. The indexing of a magazine in a major
periodical index is considered before purchase.
504.2 - Periodicals will be discarded at the
discretion of the Library Director according to use
by the patrons.
504.3 - Those patrons desiring periodical
research may request inter-
library loan service if the Library 's
collection cannot meet the user's need.
The patron will be
payment of any photocopy charges or
505 - Circulation
505.1 - Registering as a patron
The first time all patrons borrow material, they
will be required to complete a registration form that states they
assume responsibility for all materials they use. Children under 18
years of age must have a guardian/parent signature. Also, patrons
must show a valid driver's license with correct address. Their
registration forms will be kept for Library records.
505.2 - Check out policies.
505.21 - Most materials will be
checked out for a period of two weeks, (14
days) and may be renewed once for an additional two-week period, excluding reference materials and current (the
present month or week) periodicals. Materials may be limited to a one
week loan period when deemed necessary by the library staff. Materials must be returned to the collection for two weeks before renewing a second time by the same patron.
Patrons with overdue materials or outstanding fines or
fees will not be allowed to borrow
materials or have the use of the Library’s
public access computers or other equipment.
Patrons may not check out more than four items by the same author,
from the same series or on the same subject
at a time. When school children are
using books for special reports books may
restricted to two per subject with one week loan periods.
505.3 - Material unavailable in the Library collection
may be requested through the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) program by
Alvarado Public Library's Home Library Patrons. The patron
requesting the material will be required to pay any photocopy charges or
postage. Patrons using the Alvarado Public Library via a TexShare card
from a different Home Library may not make ILL requests.
505.4 - The Library protects, as far as possible, the
privacy of patrons and makes no inquiries into the purpose for which the
information is requested. Library records pertaining to the use of
materials will not be used directly or indirectly to identify, to a
third party, the kinds of materials used by any patron.
506 - Publicity
Newspaper publicity, posters, public meetings, etc.
should be utilized to make the community aware of the Library services
and need for improvement of such services.
SERIES 600 - CONFERENCE ROOM POLICIES
600 - Conference room policies.
600.1 - The Alvarado Public Library Conference room is
gatherings hosted by residents.
600.2 - Use of the conference room will be on a scheduled
first-served scheduling must be made at
least a week in advance.
600.3 - A rental fee will be assessed for use of the room
according to the
hours or days of usage. A
cleaning deposit will be required for the use of
The sponsor accepts responsibility for damages to the
room or its contents.
The rental fee and cleaning deposit
may be waived for non-profit
600.5 - The fact that a group is permitted to meet in the
conference room in
no way constitutes an endorsement
of the group's policies or beliefs by the City,
or the staff.
600.6 - The sponsor is responsible for informing the staff
of the number of
attending a function.
Attendance will not exceed the occupancy restrictions
Alvarado’s City Fire Codes.
600.7 - Children's and young people's meetings must be
sponsored by an adult
21 years of age.
600.8 - Agreement form must be signed by the sponsor,
including the date of
meeting, name of the user, and
the number of people expected.
of Materials Policy
The Alvarado Public Library supports the American
Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, Statement on Labeling, and
Freedom to Read policies. Copies of said documents are appended to the
Collection Development Policy.
However, it is necessary to establish a procedure for
the re-evaluation of challenged materials in order to promote
understanding and good working relations with the public. The following
procedure shall be established to direct complaint response in an equal
and timely manner.
- Any person requesting reconsideration of any
materials MUST COMPLETE AND SIGN a Patron
Complaint/Library Materials Form.
- The completed and signed form shall be dated and
received by a library staff member/volunteer and given to the Library
- The Library Director shall request a meeting of the
ad hoc Professional Reevaluation Committee. The Library Director, the
Assistant Librarian and two other library professionals of her/his
choice shall form the ad hoc Professional Reevaluation Committee.
- The ad hoc Professional Reevaluation Committee
members shall examine the material independently. The Library Director
shall call another meeting of the ad hoc Professional Reevaluation
Committee within six (6) weeks of complaint receipt, except in unusual
circumstance (i.e. conjunctive or overlapping annual leave, illness of
members, transition of personnel, etc.), at which the members shall
discuss their individual findings, draft a recommendation concerning
disposition of the challenged material, and forward it along with the
original Patron Complaint/Library Materials Form to the
Library Director for review.
- The Library Director shall have the responsibility
for notifying the City Manager, the Library Advisory Board, and the
complainant as to the decision regarding the materials. The
complainant shall be notified of the Library Director’s decision
within three (3) months from the date of receipt of the complaint,
except in unusual circumstance (i.e. conjunctive or overlapping annual
leave, illness of members, transition of personnel, etc.)
- The Library Director shall keep the City Manager and
Library Advisory Board abreast of all facets of this process from
original complaint to final decision.
- The Library Director may bring complaints regarding
materials to the Library Advisory Board for consideration and official
input. She/He will supply each Board Member with copies of all
documentation relevant to the complaint. The Board Members, after
consideration and discussion, may opt to hold an open forum to garner
public input, or may elect to vote on the matter during either a
regular or called Board Meeting. The recommendations of the ad hoc
Professional Reevaluation Committee, the Library Advisory Board and
all supporting documentation will be considered by the Library
Director in making her/his final decision concerning disposition of
- The Library Director shall have the responsibility
and liability for the final decision.
- Once validated by the process, materials shall not be
eligible for further reevaluation.
library staff will be happy to search the library catalog or the Internet
for our patrons. However, due to our limited staff we will be unable to do
extensive genealogy or historical research.
We will gladly direct you in your search and offer suggestions. The staff
will make every effort to assist you in your search for materials and
Rules and Regulations
These rules are enforced to prevent
disruption to our library patrons and to maintain security and a welcoming
atmosphere. Violation of any of these rules may result in expulsion, or
being banned from the Library for a period of two or more weeks at the
discretion of the Library Staff, cost recovery charges, and/or
We want our patrons to
feel free to talk and enjoy themselves in the Library but we expect
you to behave and not use overly loud voices or obscene language.
Anyone stealing or
vandalizing Library property may be subject to prosecution.
Any person, who
physically assaults, harasses, or uses insulting, obscene or
threatening language toward another person will be removed from the
library and charges may be laid.
Disruptive behavior is
prohibited. Family disputes and arguments will not be allowed to take
place inside the Library.
The Library may be used
only for intended purposes. Staff areas, including the circulation
desk and equipment in the workroom, are restricted to use by Library
Any person who is
drunk, under the influence of drugs or who is considered to be a
threat to public health and safety will not be permitted inside the
All backpacks, book
bags, briefcases, oversized purses, and sports equipment must be left
in your car or left at the circulation desk. Otherwise your bags, etc.
may be inspected when you leave the Library. Sports equipment will not
be permitted beyond the circulation desk area.
Smoking in any part of
the Library building, on the Library's parking lot, on the Library's
sidewalks or on the adjoining City Owned Property is prohibited.
alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the Library Building, the
restrooms and the hallways. In addition alcoholic beverages will not
be consumed on the Library's parking lot or the immediate City-owned
The only animals
allowed inside the Library Building are guide or hearing-ear dogs or
those brought by special permission for a special Library Program.
Unless they are
attending a special program or group meeting, children under the age
of seven (7) must be accompanied in the Library by an adult who is
responsible for their safety and supervision.
Children may not be
reprimanded by anyone other than their own parents and/or adult
caregivers or paid library staff members. Other adults, children,
teenagers, and volunteer staff will not reprimand any children not
under their care.
including selling, soliciting, and petitioning, is prohibited.
Roller blades, roller
skates and skateboards are not permitted inside the Library Building
or on the Library's parking lot or sidewalks or the adjoining City
Owned Property. (If you travel to the library via roller blades,
roller skates and skateboards you must leave them at the circulation
desk until you are ready to leave.)
Library materials may
not be taken into a washroom.
Loitering - inside or
outside the Library Building, on the Library parking lot, the
Library's sidewalks on anywhere on Library property or on the
adjoining City Owned Property is prohibited.
Each time you check out
materials you must present your Library Card. (If you or your family
members have overdue items or owe fines you may not borrow or use
other materials including the public access computers, or other
You will be held
responsible for any damages to or loss of materials used by you or
your children. (This also includes any damages to items, checked out
to you or your children, which are caused by pets, other animals,
insects or acts of nature.)
Unless they have been
processed for circulation, genealogy and reference materials are to be
used only in the genealogy/reference area.
All photocopying will
be done by library staff members. We will not photocopy materials
which are copyright protected. No more than fifty (50) pages from any
book may ever be copied.
Please do not reshelf
materials. Please bring items to be shelved to the circulation desk.
These materials are counted as part of our in-house circulation
Other special rules and
policies apply to computer and Internet use and are available on every
public access computer. (For example: no one will be allowed to view
illegal or inappropriate images or websites on library computers or on
personally owned computers and cell phones.)
people of Alvarado and the surrounding area will:
the information they need to succeed at school, at work, and in their
reading, viewing and listening materials and programs that stimulate
their thinking, enhance their knowledge of the world, and improve the
quality of their lives.
access to information in several formats about family histories and
historic events from Alvarado and the surrounding area and the State
the joy of reading and develop a lifelong love of learning.
a high level of access to electronic information resources and develop
technological, information seeking, and information evaluation skills.