New River library gets makeover

New River Branch Library was feeling its age after more than nearly 30 years of service to patrons in Zephyrhills and Wesley Chapel. But soon, New River will be like new again. Construction on major renovations and an expanded community garden is on schedule for a fall 2020 completion. “We’re moving forward on it. The (coronavirus) pandemic has not slowed down construction,” said Bob … [Read more...]

New River Branch Library to close for remodeling

The New River Branch Library will be closing Oct. 1 to prepare for an extensive makeover, according to a Pasco County news release. The renovation is being paid for funding provided through a general obligation bond approved by voters in November 2018 to upgrade Pasco County’s seven branch libraries. Voters also approved general obligation bonds to pay for improvements to the county’s … [Read more...]

Serving up free lunches for kids this summer

School may be out — but Pasco County Schools takes part in a program that provides free lunches to hungry children. The program serves meals at various cafeterias, and at some pick-up locations, too. Megan Sexton, the food program’s coordinator, said Pasco was one of the first counties in Florida to implement mobile feeding. The idea was to provide youths with a well-rounded meal … [Read more...]

Vets Healing Vets program debuts at library

Vets Healing Vets is a new no-cost, therapeutic craft program being offered at the New River Branch Library, for veterans of all ages and their families. The program meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. It made its debut on June 28. During the session, veterans put together craft kits and, at the same time, they're able to socialize and build relationship with other … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel library to be remodeled this fall

Community locals gathered at the New River Branch Library to learn of Pasco County’s plans to renovate the building’s interior and exterior. The April 25 meeting was also an opportunity for the public to voice any questions, concerns or ideas regarding the project. The library is one of seven branches that will undergo makeovers with funding provided by a general obligation bond … [Read more...]

Pasco library patrons asked to share their ideas

Pasco County Libraries is remaking its seven branches and wants the public to help guide the way. There will be a series of Community Listening Sessions as the design phase of library remodeling gets underway, according to a news release from the county. Anyone with ideas about the planned use of various spaces within the renovated library branches is invited to attend a session to share … [Read more...]

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...]