Recycling Revisited

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Customers encouraged to help cut down contamination

For decades, Americans have been steadily embracing the concept of recycling as a means to help keep the environment clean, preserve resources, and beautify their communities. From cardboard and glass to plastics and aluminum, we have become accustomed to throwing many things in the recycling bin rather than the trash can.

bottles-57139_1280No more so than right here in The Colony, where our customers continue to be active participants in the city’s recycling program. Through its partnership with Republic Services, The Colony residents recycled almost 4,000 tons of materials this past year.

Times, however, are changing. Searching the latest news stories online about recycling reveals an industry in flux as international markets for raw materials shrink, driving up the costs of collecting, transporting, and storing recyclables. As a result, it has become more important than ever for customers to adhere to recycling best practices such as keeping contaminated items out of the recycling stream.

Those best practices for reducing recycling contamination include:

  • all paper and cardboard items (such as pizza boxes) must be free of food particles;
  • all food and beverage cans must be empty and rinsed clean; and,
  • lids from plastic containers must be removed and discarded.

In addition, the following items should NOT be put in the recycling bin:

  • plastic bags;
  • grass clippings, brush, or limbs;
  • household trash;
  • tires;
  • batteries;
  • paints or hazardous waste;
  • automotive/window glass, ceramics, or china;
  • light bulbs;
  • Styrofoam;
  • plastic toys;
  • wax paper/food containers; or,
  • aluminum foil.

Efficient collection of trash and recyclables also helps keep costs down for everyone. Residents are reminded to put their carts out on the curb by 7 a.m. on their regular trash/recycling collection days. They may also put them out the night before. Collection occurs anytime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Also, modern collection trucks are equipped with cameras and GPS tracking devices, facilitating effective oversight of the drivers’ route, performance, and any issues they encounter during the day.

For more information about recycling or related programs, please contact the city’s Environmental Services Department at 972-624-3131.

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Annual budget: Road map to the city’s future

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When September rolls around each year, many folks are eagerly anticipating “cooler” weather as fall arrives or absorbing themselves in the start of a new football season. But for city governments throughout the state, September is crunch-time for arguably the most important component of municipal management: the annual budget.

The fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. While September marks the end of the process when the City Council approves the final budget as prepared by City Administration, the process begins in the spring when the Council meets for its annual retreat. That’s when priorities for the coming year are established.

Often times those priorities carry over year to year. Two things are consistently atop the list: public safety and roadway maintenance. On the former, it’s primarily a question of working to ensure that response times for emergencies trend downward. That means providing The Colony Police and Fire departments with the necessary personnel, equipment, and facilities to perform their duties.

The Colony Police Department patrol vehicle

Providing public safety and emergency services personnel with the tools they need, such as fully equipped and reliable patrol vehicles, is always a budget priority.

The 2018-19 budget, which the City Council approved on Sept. 18, includes funding for six new paramedics, an assistant fire marshal, and four new patrol officers. Six new vehicles are being added to The Colony Police Department fleet as well – four new Chevy Tahoes for patrol officers that will replace the last of the department’s aging Crown Victorias; and two Ford Tauruses for detectives.

The budget also includes funding for construction of Fire Station No. 4, which will start taking shape this year at the corner of Plano Parkway and Destination Drive. Station No. 4 will serve as the new operations center for The Colony Fire Department. It will be about 22,000 square feet in size, include five bays for TCFD apparatus, and be equipped with the latest fire services and EMS technology and equipment. It is estimated to be completed by the end of 2019. Plans are also in the works for Fire Station No. 5, to be located in The Tribute area.

The Colony Fire Station No. 4, front elevation

The Colony Fire Station No. 4 is being built this coming year at the corner of Plano Parkway and Destination Drive.

As for roadway maintenance, the city typically budgets about $5 million per year for significant repairs to residential streets and alleys. In 2018-19, $4.5 million will go toward fully reconstructing the following roadways: Thompson Drive from Blair Oaks to John Yates; Darby Lane from Strickland to Hetherington; Baker Drive from Petit to Morning Star; Blue Glen from Amhurst to Clover Valley; and the Melroy alley.

Street reconstruction is funded as capital improvement projects (CIP). The city hires contractors to oversee major projects of that nature, which are different than routine repairs to sidewalks and potholes. Those repairs are handled mostly by the Public Services Department’s “hot shot crew,” which goes into action based upon documented requests from residents and day-to-day observations of city staff on patrol through the community.

Public Works sidewalk repairs

Outside of major reconstruction projects, the Public Works crews handle much of the street, sidewalk, and alley repairs in the city.

Beyond emergency services and roadways, another consistent budget priority is improving the city’s water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. Each year, the City Council specifically directs city management to keep up with infrastructure maintenance. The longer a project is delayed, the more it will cost to undertake when it finally begins.

In 2018-19, important maintenance and upgrades to the city’s stormwater infrastructure take center stage. As the city continues to develop and grow, there is an increase in the city’s total amount of impervious surface area, which increases stormwater runoff. More flow means more wear and tear on the system and more erosion along streams that funnel runoff into the lake. Development in adjacent communities that feed The Colony’s creeks and streams as well as extremes in weather conditions also contributes to the volume.

Taylor Street stream bank

This past year, the Engineering Department has been overseeing a project to stabilize the banks of the stream along Taylor Street, north of the Aquatic Park.

For example, many residents may be familiar with the repairs currently underway to the stream bank along Taylor Street behind the Aquatic Park. There’s about $2 million worth of similar stormwater CIP projects included in the 2018-19 budget.

As for wastewater infrastructure, Phase I of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) expansion is expected to be completed by January 2019. The new budget includes funding for the engineering and design work for Phase II of the expansion. Reconstruction of the North Trunk Sewer Line, one of the city’s primary conveyors of wastewater to the WWTP on East Lake Highlands, will get underway this year, too, at a cost of about $2.9 million.

Whatever the project, City Administration often hears concerns from residents regarding the costs and pace of infrastructure improvements. Yes, there has been significant economic development within the community in recent years that has grown the city’s budget but that was not always the case. Many important CIP projects (which are collectively funded with revenue leftover after accounting for basic operating expenses) have been delayed in the past for lack of funding prior to economic development.

The City Council has also voted to lower or hold steady the property tax rate for 18 straight years as development has begun to shift some of the tax burden from homeowners to commercial properties. Still, the city boasts healthy balances in all its “rainy day funds” as well as excellent credit ratings from Moody’s and S&P, indicating the city is doing a good job managing its finances.

Throughout the budgeting process, the city is required by state law to adhere to truth-in-taxation practices, which include posting notice when revenue in the new budget exceeds the “effective tax rate.” The effective tax rate is the rate necessary to generate the same amount of revenue as the previous fiscal year on the same properties (excluding new construction and new properties).

Budgets that exceed the effective tax rate are not uncommon, especially in growing communities such as those throughout the North Texas area. The City of The Colony’s 2018-19 budget is the first under the current City Administration in which the effective tax rate was not exceeded, indicating the city’s revenue and expenses are lining up as best they can.

With Scheels All Sports, Galaxy Theaters, and Andretti’s Indoor Karting expected to open in 2019, among other big-name developments, the city’s revenue is anticipated to continue increasing alongside increasing demands for maintenance and infrastructure improvements throughout the community. The city’s leadership also hopes to continue putting downward pressure on the tax rate and explore the possibility of homestead exemptions in future budget years.

In the field with Community Image

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Officers hit the streets to patrol residential, commercial zones

On July 23, staff from the city’s Communications Department spent the day with Neighborhood Enhancement Officer Danny Dill from the Community Image Department to live-tweet a “day in the life” of a Community Image officer. In case you missed it, here’s a rundown of the day’s activities:

Windows into The Colony

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Main Street art panels represent iconic images from community

While the Main Street reconstruction project resulted in a brand new roadway that paves the way for the city’s future, it also left behind poignant symbols of the city’s past in the form of 20 carefully crafted public art panels.

The 6-foot by 6-foot panels are built-in to the sounds walls so most motorists have surely noticed them by now. Much is lost, however, when seen passing by in a moving vehicle. Community Services Director Pam Nelson, who oversaw the selection, crafting, and installation of the panels along with other city staff and contractors, said everything about the artwork turned out fantastic, especially the depth, dimension, and detail you see up close.

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This panel, titled, “Migration of the Monarchs,” is the northern-most panel on the street, located on the west side of Main near the intersection with Lake Highlands.

“There are small touches in the panels that make them unique to The Colony,” she said. “You wouldn’t know it driving by but if you’re walking along the trail and study them, you’ll see lots of little details.”

Nelson, along with the late Keith Helms, former park development manager for the city, began the project nearly a decade ago by selecting an array of specific images that represented elements of life in the community. Many of the images in the panels you see today are derived from actual photographs of scenes taken in The Colony.

“Our intent all along was that the panels be windows looking into The Colony,” Nelson said. For example, the panel titled, “At Play in the Park” in the eastern sound wall between North Colony Boulevard and Nash Drive, depicts the real tree canopy and sidewalk from a photo of Bill Allen Park.

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This panel is titled, “At Play in the Park,” and was sculpted based on an actual photograph of the sidewalk and tree canopy at Bill Allen Memorial Park. It is located on the eastern sound wall between North Colony and Nash.

“The original photo had a couple walking with their backs to the camera but we decided to go with something that had a little more activity to it,” Nelson said, referring to the children playing catch with a ball. “But the walkway, trees and the whole look is from an actual photograph of Bill Allen.”

Other panels have obvious connections. The panels in the western sound walls are heavy with lakeside scenes such as “Catching the Big One,” “The Wake,” “Taking Flight,” and “Sailing Away,” all of which depict common wildlife or recreation on the lake.

Some panels are in pairs and span places where the sound walls cross the side streets. “We wanted something that would carry across the intersections. Not just a boat or a fish, but what people do when they’re here – like catching fish and wakeboarding,” Nelson said.

Within the eastern sound walls are panels such as “The General,” which depicts Central Fire Station, the General fire truck, and a vintage The Colony Police car – again, all taken from actual photographs. There’s also panels depicting youth sports as a nod to all the activities that take place at the Five Star Complex as well as the city being named a “Sportstown USA” by Sports Illustrated magazine several years ago.

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Perhaps more than any other panel, residents will recognize symbols of the city’s emergency services history in this panel, titled simply, “The General.” It is located on the eastern sound wall south of Hetherington.

Where the walls cross over Hetherington on the east side, two panels titled, “Working the Rector Homestead,” tell a connected story of early life in the community. “We wanted something that showed what life was like here in the early years and what was at the core of our community,” added Nelson.

On the western side of road at the intersection with Ridgepointe is a two-panel spread titled, “Afternoon at the Shoreline Trail,” which includes an image of a family walking near the pedestrian bridge that spans a drainage way along the Shoreline Trail.

Most of the panels are along the western side of the street as determined by the fact there’s more sound walls along that side. Sound walls were only built where the roadway runs adjacent to residences.

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The first of two panels titled, “The Wake,” which spans the intersection of Main Street and Larner.

The panels were sketched and crafted by well-known D-FW artist Janice Hart Melito.
“Janice was recommended by Jacobs Engineering, who we were working with to come up with ideas for the design of the entire Main Street corridor,” Nelson said. “Jacobs had worked with Janice on another project and we knew we wanted multi-dimensional relief panels. So, we interviewed her and looked at her portfolio. She was super excited and did some initial sketches pretty quickly. We liked the direction she was going and those sketches were used for the final plans.”

The crafting process involves creating a mold for each panel in clay then filling the mold with a kind of silicon. Once it hardens, the silicon mold is pulled out and used to pour the cast-stone (a concrete mix), which retains all the detail of the original sketch.

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The second of two panels titled, “The Wake,” which spans the intersection of Main Street and Larner.

While the beauty and artistry of the finished panels speaks for itself, the Texas Department of Transportation, which managed the overall reconstruction project, had not done anything like this before, Nelson said.

“They’d done artwork before but much larger panels and usually just a single design, nothing detailed or dimensional like these,” Nelson said. “There were a lot of things about this that no one had ever done on a TxDOT wall before. We had a lot of challenges.”

Among the challenges was ensuring they would be lit well enough to stand out at night.
“The original specs for the lights were too high so they were not casting down on the panel properly,” Nelson said. “City staff members had to go out with the electrical contractor, at night, to perform a physical test with a fixture rigged on a small crane that we would move up and down to get the exact right cast of light shining down. We were very particular about how they turned out.”

Nelson said she sometimes meets residents wondering why the detail in the panels is not painted in color.

“We could do that but the way it is now blends into the corridor in a way that doesn’t detract. It’s not in your face,” she said. “But it’s there, you notice it. It turned out the way we wanted, for sure. It’s completely the way we envisioned.”

Please see our photo album on the city website for pictures of all 20 panels.

‘Tell us what you need and we’ll make it happen’

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Community prepares to bask in global golf spotlight

The single biggest event in the city’s history tees off in just a couple weeks. Starting Monday, April 30, and running through Sunday, May 6, the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic is bringing 144 of the world’s best golfers to the Old American Golf Club.

As of this posting, 17 of the circuit’s top 20 players have committed to the event, in which players will be competing for a $1.3 million purse in a four-round, stroke-play tournament. This is the only LPGA event held in Texas and it will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel, meaning the eyes of the world will be on The Colony!

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The City of The Colony and the Old American Golf Club will be hosting the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic April 30 to May 6.

The first few days of the event will include various pro-am tournaments, practice rounds, and some private functions. The golfers hit the links in competition starting Thursday morning, May 3. The full schedule of events is available on the tournament website. Tickets are available online at a cost of $15 each per day or $25 each for the whole week. Children under 17 are admitted free with a ticketed adult. Active or retired service members also are free with a valid ID.

Ever since the tournament’s relocation to The Colony was announced in October 2017, city staff members have been working furiously (and in concert with event organizers from Octagon) in preparation. Diane Baxter, Director of Communications & Tourism for the city, said hosting the VOA-LPGA Texas Classic will further put The Colony “on the map.”

“This is huge! It’s the biggest event we’ve ever held in The Colony,” she said. “We have great events that our residents always enjoy, but this will bring in visitors from around the world. That alone is immensely significant and gives people the chance to recognize what a great golf community we are.”

The Colony Convention & Visitors Bureau has been the heavily involved since Day One.

“After the initial excitement of hosting an international event set in, the reality of the exposure and economic impact of this event was realized.” Baxter said.

“Upon meeting with the organizational staff from Octagon, who has tremendous experience hosting successful tournaments, we quickly discovered that together we make a great team. Their guidance and communication has been well received. The event has definitely taken over our focus but it’s been a tremendous learning experience as well.”

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From left, Mike McCabe, Diane Baxter, Troy Powell, Brant Shallenburger, Joe Perez, and Scott Thompson.

As part of the overall preparation, City Manager Troy Powell, Fire Chief Scott Thompson, Mike McCabe from the Old American, and Baxter visited Phoenix in March to observe the LPGA Founders Cup and see how things work behind the scenes at an LPGA event. “That was quite a privilege to witness the operational side of the tournament, and meeting with city staff members in Phoenix was extremely beneficial,” Baxter said.

City staff members here in The Colony have been equally cooperative. When called to action, the response from every department has been the same: “Tell us what you need and we’ll make it happen,” Baxter said. “That’s been the approach of city staff. Every one of us is behind this. The mindset is to be successful and showcase what a great ‘destination city’ The Colony has become.”

Public Safety officials have been very involved. The Colony Fire and Police departments will both have a presence at the event and have been working closely with the LPGA to prepare for all the emergency contingencies that come with hosting an event of this size and scope.

Customer Service has been processing the many permits required while the Finance Department is monitoring expenses. Public Works is providing barricades and cones for traffic, as well as installing asphalt ramps in the parking areas. The Health Department is coordinating with food vendors and the Information Technology Department is helping provide internet service to the event.

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The views were mountainous in Arizona but they’ll be lakeside in The Colony when the LPGA arrives later this month.

It’s been a true team effort.

“As the event approaches, we continue working hard to prepare so that everyone has a great time here in The Colony,” Baxter said.

Beyond city staff, the entire community has been eager to get involved. Out of 600 volunteers sought by Octagon, 550 have signed up. Information about volunteer opportunities is on the tournament website.

“The response from the community has been overwhelming,” Baxter said. “Everyone is excited and exploring ways to be involved. Local businesses, The Colony Chamber of Commerce, our hotels and restaurants – all are excited about the influx of visitors and the opportunity to show them the hospitality The Colony has to offer.”

With the tournament taking place in their backyard, The Tribute community also has been particularly supportive, added Baxter, in terms of both providing volunteers and coordinating logistics with Octagon. Some residents have opened up their homes for players to stay during the event.

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Participate in the CVB’s Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win tickets to the VOA-LPGA Texas Classic!

For its part, the CVB has been actively promoting the tournament. Thankfully, the department’s staff had recently grown to include a new position and an intern. Banners will soon line the light poles along Main Street; a Scavenger Hunt for ticket prizes is underway; social media posts are keeping followers up to date; blogs are providing more details; print ads are going out; media coverage sought; and more.

The CVB’s Mobile Visitor Center was on hand at the recent Spring Eggstravaganza at Five Star to give away three sets of tickets and will have a prominent presence during the tournament. The CVB is providing the backpacks and lanyards for all the volunteers along with swag, information and recommendations for those new to The Colony.

“We want our residents to encourage their friends and family to come experience this together. Help us promote The Colony. It’s going to be a great time,” Baxter said.

Blazing new trails through The Colony

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City’s hike & bike system continues to take shape

As The Colony grows, so do its hike and bike trails. Some brand new sections have already been designed, funded, and are under construction as you read this. Other sections are in various phases of development. But all are incorporated into the city’s Trails & Bikeways Master Plan and should be moving forward this year and beyond.

Most residents are familiar with the Shoreline Trails along Lewisville Lake at Stewart Creek Park and in The Tribute. The city’s network of bicycle paths helped earn the community an honorable mention recognition as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Cyclists in 2017.

But The Colony’s internal, off-street trail system for bicycle and pedestrian traffic, which has been fragmentary over the years, is starting to come together, too. Eve Morgan, the city’s Park Development Manager, is particularly excited about what’s coming with the Park Loop Trail.

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The city’s existing hike & bike system is extensive, with many opportunities for growth.

When completed, the Park Loop Trail will, in fact, form a loop starting in the northeast corner at B.B. Owen Elementary School, going south through Taylor Street Park and the Legends subdivision (where portions of the trail already exist) all the way to South Colony Boulevard, where it’ll go west to Greenway Park near Blair Oaks and then turn north all the way through the utility easement to Squires Drive and back over to B.B. Owen.

One day soon, the Park Loop Trail will connect 11 parks and three schools! For now, each piece must be carefully planned and constructed as time and funding allow. This year will see significant portions take root. Two particular sections are already awaiting construction.

The first starts at the corner of B.B. Owen and Taylor Street and comes south to Taylor ballfields, where it’ll go around the side and back of the parking lot then stop at the greenbelt – for now. At that point, the city’s Engineering Department takes over with a drainage project that’ll be underway soon. Part of that work is going to be putting in a pedestrian bridge that spans the drainage corridor.

The second section awaiting construction (albeit a short one) will start at the alley behind Rearn Drive, run parallel to Squires and connect to the existing sidewalk nearby. So why is Morgan so excited?

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The Colony’s Trails & Bikeways Master Plan was compiled with significant input from residents.

“The whole purpose of this part of the project is to get the kids in the neighborhoods south of the greenbelt up to B.B. Owen Elementary safely,” she said. “Now, they have to go through that drainage area or walk all the way around. We need a safe way for them to get across and up to the school. It’s a big part of our overall plan and why we’re prioritizing these sections.”

While full funding and construction have not yet been approved, the design work for an additional phase (Phase IV) of the Park Loop Trail was OK’d by the City Council in January. When Engineering completes the drainage/bridge project, the trail will pick up across the bridge and connect to North Colony Boulevard.

Phase IV also includes the section that starts at Greenway Park and goes north through the electric easement all the way to North Colony. Future plans will fully complete the loop and possibly connect to Frisco’s trail system one day.

Another trail section that has been under construction this year and nearing completion is at Stewart Creek Park. The trail leading into the park is being extended across and along the adjacent roadway to reach the new playground and basketball court. New trees have been planted as well, which will provide a canopy for the trail once they’ve grown in, Morgan said.

Stewart Creek Park trail extension

Work has been underway this year on an extension to the trail leading into Stewart Creek Park. Soon, it’ll go across and along the roadway, connecting to the new playground.

Also funded (but not yet under construction) are linkages where the Park Loop Trail connects with North and South Colony boulevards. The project consists of making openings for bicycles to ride to the slip roads along South Colony and widening the sidewalk to trail-width (10 feet) at the parks where there aren’t slip roads. This is so there will be an east-west corridor for bicycles. On North Colony, there will be an opening made at the slip road to meet at the end of Morningstar.

Lastly, one very important piece to the city’s overall trails plan is the design phase. Schematic designs are in the works for a trail segment that will connect The Cascades development to the Grandscape development utilizing the railway underpass corridor. This phase of design will determine the alignment of the trail.

“There’s lots of pieces to put together to get the alignment worked out, and the design will be in multiple phases,” Morgan said. “But we love the direction we’re headed with this project. The future of hike and bike trails in The Colony is now.”

‘Rediscover Your Library’ set for Feb. 1

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Community invited to browse TCPL’s new offerings, services

As the saying goes, “There’s something for everyone at The Colony Public Library.” Never has that been more true as staff and volunteers gear up for TCPL’s “Rediscover Your Library” event from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1.

During the event, the community is invited to stop by the library, located at 6800 Main St., to participate in a variety of fun activities and to see for themselves all the recent enhancements to the facility, including an improved collection, new resources and digital offerings, STEM kits, online classes, and much more.

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Recent enhancements to offerings at The Colony Public Library include a brand new website.

Over the past few years, construction on Main Street has hindered access to the library. Assistant Library Director of Operations Megan Charters said parking became particularly problematic, and students from nearby campuses who used to walk over after school could no longer cross Main Street.

“Our ‘Rediscover’ theme is about inviting everyone to come see what’s been happening during the construction,” Charters said. “Now that Main Street is widened, opened, and safe again, come back to the library and see what we’ve done!”

Those improvements include implementation of a new stock management tool called Collection HQ, which runs statistics on checkouts and holds; helps determine what’s popular and what’s not; and provides data on what other libraries of a similar size are offering in terms of authors and titles.

Collection HQ has been online for two and a half years. With data in hand, staff have been working to clear out old materials that are not being checked out and taking up visual and physical space when patrons are browsing.

“If it hasn’t circulated in four or more years, it’s a candidate for deletion,” Charters said.  “The result is a leaner but more powerful, precise collection of materials tailored specifically to the needs and interests of our community.”

The library also now boasts two new self-checkout stations. There’s one in the front and one in the back in the children’s section for parents and kids. You simply step up to it, scan your card or enter your card number, then scan your materials for checkout. Charters said you can scan about 10-inches worth of materials at one time, rather than scanning each item separately.

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“Rediscover Your Library” will also serve as a farewell event for longtime TCPL Director Joan L. Sveinsson.

“We spent the last year tagging 75,000 items in our collection with RFID tags so they could be scanned by the new system,” she said.

As is the trend in libraries around the country, TCPL has been busy enhancing its digital services as well, including a new website. The library offers downloadable magazines, books, and audiobooks, as well as electronic resources, databases, streaming movies and music, and online classes. A library staff member is always available to help patrons get the most from the new technology.

“A lot of the services also come with apps, so we can show you how to use the apps and access what you need,” Charters said. “We can show people how to download materials to their tablet or smartphone, and we want to educate patrons about other electronic resources and databases that we offer.”

Another new offering are 16 STEM kits. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The kits align with what’s being taught in schools and come in big tote bags for checkout. Each kit has a different topic. For example, one kit is about the human body and comes with a full set of x-rays that can be laid out. The stones-and-minerals kit comes with a microscope. An astronomy kit comes with a telescope. Other topics include engineering, coding, geometry, logic and puzzles, and more.

“They’re not just for kids either,” Charters said. “Adults check them out, too. They’re fun for everybody, especially families, but they’re geared towards elementary aged children.”

TCPL 3D Printer

TCPL’s MakerBot 3D Printer is available for a variety of print jobs – from trinkets to practical applications. Come by “Rediscover Your Library” on Feb. 1 to see the recent additions to TCPL’s makerspace: the new Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter and the PolyPrinter 3D printer.

Most patrons already know about the library’s MakerBot 3D printer but in recent months they have also added a Silhouette Cameo 3 vinyl cutter and a PolyPrinter 3D printer. All these devices are part of the library’s makerspace for crafts and projects, the use of which will be demonstrated during the upcoming event.

Last but not least, “Rediscover Your Library” will also honor two long-time staff members who are retiring: Library Director Joan L. Sveinsson and Circulation Supervisor Alice Collins. Sveinsson has been with the library more than 30 years.

“Joan has been an amazing mentor,” Charters said. “She’s done so much for the library and the community. She puts 150 percent into everything she does. We appreciate her so much and we’re all going to miss her.”

For more information about “Rediscover” or other library programs and services, visit www.thecolonypl.org or call 972-625-1900.