Pasco readies for big building program

Voter approval of four general obligation bond issues in November has set the stage for a major building program in Pasco County. The bond revenues will go to expand the Pasco County Detention Center; to update and expand fire rescue facilities; to upgrade libraries; and, to spruce up and improve park and recreational facilities. Pasco County staff members briefed commissioners on the timing … [Read more...]

It’s never too early to learn code

Story time happens every week at New River Branch Library, but the program on Dec. 5 was particularly special because the library was one of 250 public libraries across the country to receive a grant from the American Library Association’s  ‘Libraries Ready to Code’ initiative. The initiative, sponsored by Google, aims to help implement and plan coding activities during Computer Science … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes library is open on Mondays again

Pasco County is experiencing rosier days for its 2018 budget, which began Oct. 1. So, the good old days when Pasco County libraries were open on Mondays are on the way back. Two libraries, including the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, had ribbon cuttings on Oct. 16 to celebrate a return to the tradition of Monday library hours. “We’ve been advocating and advocating,” said Elayne Bassinger, … [Read more...]

A lively lesson on reptiles

Stacy Dunn, an animal educator from Pinellas County Reptiles, tossed out lots of fun facts during a lively show featuring a variety of live critters on June 18 at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. She had a crowd of about 90 hanging on her every word, as she showed off animals and talked about how big they get, how old they live to be and what they like to … [Read more...]

Diggin’ in the dirt at the library

Judy Curran enjoys seeing people having fun outdoors. So, when the chance came her way to get library patrons — young and old, digging in the dirt — she seized the opportunity to put her passion for gardening into motion. "I get so much peace and joy from it," said Curran, the youth services provider at the New River Branch Library in Zephyrhills. "It's my hobby, and I want to share that,” … [Read more...]

Strong early voter turnout so far in Pasco

Brian Corley likes what he's seeing for the 2014 election so far. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 21 percent of registered voters in Pasco County have dropped a ballot in the voting box, and there's still two full days of early voting left. "We're on pace to beat 2010, and we're doing that with less than a 10-minute wait" at early voting locations around the county, said Corley, Pasco's … [Read more...]

More than 5,000 show up for first day of early voting

A lot of people are heading to the polls, and it's not even Election Day yet. Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley says more than 5,000 people turned out to vote on Saturday, as early voting started in various locations around the county. By lunchtime on Monday, the number of early voters quickly approached 9,000, joining more than 38,000 mail-in ballots already received for the … [Read more...]

Vote by mail already has 10 percent turnout

Early voting doesn't start until this weekend. But in the meantime, Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley continues to collect mail-in votes — by the thousands. As of late Monday, Corley has received more than 30,000 ballots for the upcoming midterm election. Of those ballots, 35 percent of them are from Democrats, 45 percent are from Republicans, and 20 percent were from other … [Read more...]

Left Behind: Bus service screeches to a halt on Monday

He leaned back on the bench, allowing just bits of a pizza delivery store advertisement to peek through for motorists to see as they sped past the New River Branch Library on State Road 54. The skies were a clear blue, and the morning coolness was quickly giving way to what would soon be a noontime Florida heat. Yet, hints of sweat formed on his forehead, under a tattered ball cap where the … [Read more...]

Young woman encourages others to gaze at stars

Melanie Crowson set up her telescope in the side yard of the New River Branch Library on an evening in October and welcomed anyone with an interest to come take a peek at the stars. In a sense, the young woman from Wesley Chapel was coming full circle. “We actually used to go up to the New River Library when we were kids, and I would check out all of the astronomy books,” said the … [Read more...]