Grand Prairie Library System Recognized Statewide

libraries-change_communitiesAGRAND PRAIRIE, TX – On April 20, 2017, the Grand Prairie Public Library System was awarded the coveted “Libraries Change Communities” award, presented by the Texas State Library. Deputy Library Director Jennifer Walker accepted the award at the Annual Conference, held this year in San Antonio.
In the past three years, the Grand Prairie Libraries have undergone major change, becoming relentlessly relevant through community connections, education, access, and programming. The Libraries have expanded their role as community centers, building connections with local organizations, schools, and government agencies to improve customer access to information and services.
The Main Library has hosted art shows featuring artists of all ages, and collaborated with the Grand Prairie Arts Council to host an intriguing Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Grand Prairie police officers and fire fighters have become the stars of our “Fired Up for Reading” and “Badges & Books” events. Library staff visit classrooms and GPISD events to reach out to parents, distribute library cards, and promote the lifelong benefits of reading.
Working with GPISD and the Dallas County Community College, the Main Library has become a site for free GED and ESL classes. The Warmack Library has hosted several semesters of free Conversational Spanish classes.
Since the end of 2015, the number of customers visiting our libraries has risen 51%. The number of books, dvds and cds checked out has grown 20%, with more than 250,000 checked out in a six-month period. The Libraries now offer around 1,000 programs a year, twice what was offered through 2014, and attendance has grown correspondingly.
Ebook checkouts had doubled by early 2015, and last year the Libraries added tens of thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies, comics and tv shows to its online eBranch. In 2016, more than 80,000 users accessed online homework help, language learning, job coaching, research databases and more.
Initiated in 2009, the Libraries Change Communities Award recognizes Texas library initiative that improves users’ lives, and contributes to equality of access.
Since 1960, the Texas Library Association has honored and recognized excellence in Texas Libraries through awards presented annually at the TLA spring conference. The awards spotlight both libraries and individuals who advance the cause of Texas libraries.
The Grand Prairie Main Library is located at 901 Conover Drive. 972-237-5700. Visit us online at www.gptx.org/library