From Staff Reports

The summer of 2013 has set a new record for the number of registered members of the Prosper Community Library, smashing the previous high mark set last summer by 140 percent, according to Librarian Linda Shaw.

"Each time an individual signs up for a new library card, we count that person as a registered member since that’s how we keep count of participants. The 155 residents who came in this summer and signed up for an unduplicated membership card are part of the new record, and we very much appreciate their participation," she said.

The addition of these registered members brings the total library membership to 3,433, or 26% of the town population. The total includes the staff and students of Reynolds Middle School, where the library is co-located. While many students from the other Prosper campuses are also members of the Community Library, each individual school maintains its own library to serve their respective student populations.

The library’s steady growth over the last three years has been noteworthy as the accompanying chart demonstrates. The 35 percent growth in registered members over that time period eclipses the 20 percent growth in the Town’s overall population. All this in spite of the slight decrease in the hours of operation the library has experienced.

"Due to very legitimate concerns for safety and access, our school-year daytime hours are devoted exclusively to the school and its staff. We are, however, open to the public in the evenings after school lets out," she added.

The summer season for the library ends on Saturday, Aug. 10, and on Sunday, Aug. 11, it returns to regular operating hours.

Starting on Aug. 11, the library will open on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays it opens to the public from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is closed on Fridays. On Saturdays, the library opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.

"In our own clever librarian jargon, we invite everyone to ‘check us out.’ Becoming a registered member helps build civic pride, nurtures community and assists in shaping the future of the Prosper Community Library," said Shaw.

The library’s core services include books, e-books, interlibrary loans, DVDs, audio books, newspapers, magazines, public computers, free internet access, printing, copying and faxing, test proctoring and complimentary coffee.

The library, 700 North Coleman St., also occasionally serves as a meeting place/conference center for special events and activities sponsored by the Town and is the primary voting location for most local, state and national elections.