When the Prosper Community Library chose their summer theme, the staff cleverly combined a figurative and literal interpretation of it. “On the Move” serves as a reflection of the library’s efforts to get patrons to move toward more reading, but it also describes the library’s physical move from a borrowed space at Reynolds Middle School to its own new building.
The Prosper Community Library finds itself in the unusual position of incorporating its new theme for the summer, “On the Move,” in both a figurative sense and in a very literal sense as well.
“The theme is very appropriate for us, since we want to ensure that our summer reading program moves people of all ages toward more reading opportunities, but it also tells the community that we are really ‘on the move’ to our own building,” says Library Director Leslie Scott.
In anticipation of the physical move, set for late-July, the library will be instituting new permanent hours of operation that reflect the preferences of the majority of its patrons. A public survey was conducted recently, in part requesting patrons to declare their preferred library hours. The new schedule is a direct result of the survey’s findings.
Starting on Saturday, June 2, the library will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. It will be closed on Mondays and Fridays. This schedule will prevail after the library moves to its permanent location as well.
The annual summer program kicks off on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. As usual, the kick off will include prizes, games, and crafts, and will provide an opportunity for patrons to sign up for the reading challenge as well as learn all about upcoming summer events. Photos of the new library’s interior will be on display at the kick off.
Beanstack, the online app for logging reading time, along with paper logs will be available to keep track of summer reading. Each block of 100 minutes of reading entitles participants to one vote in choosing a name for one of two library pets.
The library will close from July 13 to July 27 in order to pack and move to the new Town Hall/Multi-Purpose Building on Main Street in the downtown district.
Opening day is Saturday, July 28. In addition to guided tours and other special opening day events, author/illustrator Toni Yuly will present the library’s first story time in its new home at 10 a.m. She will offer a torn tissue craft workshop, book signing, and visit with patrons. These are open to all ages.
The summer reading finale will be held in the new building, with details to be shared at a later date.