The Royse City Public Library has a larger feel to it as the children’s room is much larger and colorful due to a recent renovation.

A wide door was cut open between the check out area and the children’s room. Above the shelving are newly painted walls that depict fish, jellyfish, and a shark along a colorful sea floor.

Librarian Assistant Socorro Gonzalez painted most of the the room, which the children appear to love.

“They love it. They came in and they were touching the books and the walls.

We’re trying to do everything we can to make this library more bright and open because we may be here for the next three to five years,” said Librarian Sue Clayton.

The library was originally going to be moved to the existing Royse City Post Office once the post office was moved into a new facility.

However, the proposed site that the United States Postal Service had at the southeast corner of Josephine Street and Texas 66 was not approved by the City Council.

So the library, it appears will remain at its current location.

The library staff have been busy utilizing what space it does have to bring in new materials and make more space available.

Some offices have been moved around and a room is being made available to where patrons may use the copy machine.

The staff is also doing some Spring cleaning to make room for new bilingual books in Spanish and young adult graphic novels.

The library is also gearing up for its summer reading program that will occur in June. A magician will visit the library in early June, the United States yoyo champion will demonstrate his yoyo skills on June 16, a story teller will read stories on June 23, and a puppeteer will perform a puppet show for the children on June 30.

Patrons may sign up for the program beginning May 30.

Special programs will be featured each Friday at 1 p.m. for children who are in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.Three preschool programs will be available Friday mornings.

The Friends of th e Library will have a garage sale and book sale April 21 and 22 and all proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library.

The library is expecting to receive some computers from the Royse City Police Department , Clayton said.

They are also preparing for the growing number of library card holders and patrons by working with the Rockwall County Library. The Royse City Public Library will be able to get books located at the Rockwall Public Library for its patrons through a courier service.

“There are a lot of patrons who get confused because we share the library catalogue with the Rockwall County Library but the patrons cannot get the books from the library,” Clayton said.

It is similar to an inner-library loan but the difference is that there is no fee for the patron to get the book, Clayton said.

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