ABOUT PROSPECT PUBLIC LIBRARY
On Sunday, June 18, 1991 the new 7,000 square foot Prospect Public Library which had been in the planning stage for four years opened its doors. State and federal funds, plus private and town donations enabled the new 1.2 million dollar building to open. Since then, the library has rapidly expanded its services and collections.
Our collection consists of over 46,000 items (Adult/Childrens), which includes 2,700 DVDs, 1,700 CD's 45 magazine subscriptions, 4 daily papers and nearly 40,000 books. A Prospect Library card also allows patrons to download both E-books and Audio Books to your E-reader through our Overdrive service. If our Library doesn't own a particular book, our Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service may be used to obtain the book from another Connecticut Library. The Library offers an array of special programs for both its adult and child patrons.
For adults we have programs such as author talks/signings, musical concerts, fitness programs, an American History book club, adult coloring, food and film events and lectures. Prospect adult resident card holders are also able to choose from 14 different area museum passes where they can be admitted at a discounted price or for free.
At the library we foster a love of learning and reading. We have free programs for children and teens ages 0-18 years old throughout the year such as story hours, playtime, crafts, STEM (Science,Technolovy, Engineering and Math) programs, movie nights, health and fitness programs, book clubs, card-trading clubs, and contests. The library also provides educational programs by outside professionals throughout the year on subjects such as animals, science experiments, music and musical instruments, dancing and art, as well as many other topics. During the summer, school-aged children are invited to participate in our Summer Reading Program where they are recognized and awarded for their continued educational work.
The Library welcomes young adult volunteers all year round for community service opportunities where they can help younger children read and assist the librarians with programs all while learning more about their community and giving back to others.
The children and young adult collections are ever-expanding with a variety of genres and books of differing reading levels available. The children and young adult librarian is available to assist with reader's advisory, research projects and reference questions.
The library also has 7 Internet terminals and is completely wirelessly connected where patrons can access information, resources and print documents for a small fee. We offer a Fax service and a self-service copier to the public as well.
If you would like to sign-up for our e-mail service to keep you informed of events and new items that have been added to the collection please call or E-mail us. We are here to serve you -- please come see us!
Library Board of Directors
S.H. McKernan, Ed. D.