The Pottsboro Area Public Library was organized May 9, 1985. Since that time, the Library has not only grown, but expanded its services exponentially.
The Library offers many of the newest books written by the most popular authors in print, audiobook and ebook formats. The Library also offers public access computers with current Microsoft applications as well as DVD movies.
Both children and older patrons avidly use the Library’s public access computers with current Microsoft applications. Many students in town do not have Internet access at home, so the Library expanded its hours to include Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons so they could use the computers.
The Library has received several grants enabling it to create a digital media lab and internet café for the teens. All of the equipment is new and professional grade. In addition, the teens are producing their own newspaper and are being trained in the latest Adobe InDesign software. This free training is bridging the digital divide for Pottsboro’s teens and can help them not only in their education, but in the workplace after graduation.
Another main focus of the Library is the area’s seniors. “Techsperts” provide mature patrons with free one-on-one lessons on using their smartphones, tablets and computers. The Library also has a scanner so the seniors can bring in old family photos and reproduce them digitally.
Early childhood literacy is another priority. The Summer Reading Program for K-3rd grade reinforces what the children are learning in school. This year, the Library plans to introduce a Reading With Rover program where students who are too shy to read in a group can read to a trained therapy dog. Year-around, the children enjoy Storytime, Crafts Programs and Holiday Parties.
Throughout the year, the Friends of the Pottsboro Library conduct various fundraising activities to support the golas that benefit Pottsboro’s children, teens and seniors. By joining the Friends, individuals have a wonderful opportunity to support their community.
The Library is now much more than a place to check out books. It’s evolved into a community center that serves all ages by providing classes, training, programs and activities for the education and enjoyment of Pottsboro’s citizens.