In symbolically shaking off the proverbial dust of 2020, the Prosper Community Library has entered the new year with a fresh slate of programs, events, and activities that the staff is excited to offer.
Because many of the offerings are virtual, the participation levels, referred to as impressions, are expected to be high, says Library Director Leslie Scott. “We expect that the number of impressions throughout the community will be rather extensive,” she said. “Due to the wide variety of programming for all ages and interests, the staff expects our offerings to be quite popular with our residents.”
The library is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Patrons are asked to observe COVID safety protocols while in the library browsing for materials. Soon, in person passive programming for families will be hosted by the library, once again adhering to health and safety protocols in order to safeguard staff and visitors, and to ensure compliance with health restrictions.
“Passive programs for families will be offered each month,” she said. “For three weeks during the month, families may participate in a fun activity in our program room. January’s theme is ‘Giant Games,’ and February’s theme is ‘Construction.’ We’ll add more each month.”
Virtual programming is mostly hosted on the Prosper Library YouTube channel, including story times, helpful household tips, science craft ideas, Dewey Decimal Dinos, as well as a virtual reading club that will host discussions of the One Book, One Town selection. The One Book, One Town selection will be announced this month, a book which captivated the staff, and is expected to enchant readers of all ages.
“Also, the Prosper Community Library Facebook page is a fun place where we add funny posts about the staff’s pets and what they’re reading, suggestions for books that are like some of your favorites, questions and answers about the library, and announcements of what’s to come,” she said.
The instantly-popular Take and Make program, where craft kits with ingredients to be assembled at home are included, will be continued. A twice monthly Take and Make kit for bookmarks has been recently added.
Among other innovations and offerings this year are internet hotspots for checking out and the launching of Dial-A-Story. With their parents’ permission, children can call the Dial-A-Story line and hear youth services librarians read them a short story.
“We hope residents follow us on Facebook to be sure they do not miss out on any of these fun programs,” said Scott.