Roanoke renews library agreement with Trophy Club

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Trophy Club residents will continue getting access to the same library services that are available to people living in Roanoke.

Roanoke City Council on Oct. 22 renewed a one-year agreement with Trophy Club that was put in place last year so that Trophy Club residents would no longer have to pay fees to use the Roanoke Library at 308 S. Walnut St.

For residents to have this service, Trophy Club pays Roanoke an annual fee of $15,000.

Previously, Trophy Club residents and all non-Roanoke residents, paid $10 per year to use the library's services.

Roanoke City Manager Scott Campbell said out of 7,864 library cardholders, 1,585 are Trophy Club residents.

Mike Slye, Trophy Club town manager, has said the town explored several library options and determined the most efficient, comprehensive way to provide library services for the community would be to work with it's neighbor Roanoke.

Trophy Club Mayor Connie White said she has encountered many residents who are “very pleased to have access to the Roanoke Public Library.”

“The library usage agreement provides the opportunity to work with a neighboring municipality and to offer something to our citizens that we wouldn’t be able to offer otherwise,” White said.

Last year, a construction project that began in 2011 to update and expand the library was completed, growing the library from 5,400 square feet to almost 15,000. The $4 million project also included expanding the community-senior center next door.

Changes to the library include additions of over-stuffed chairs, more public-use computers, a children's story time room with a sound system and puppet theater and a larger teen section. The expansion also includes the addition of two study areas, a free self-service coffee bar, a large conference room and a large general meeting room.

Besides residents of Roanoke and Trophy Club, library membership is available at no charge to property owners who pay taxes to Roanoke, Texshare card members and members of libraries that are part of the North Texas Library Consortium.

Those not available for a free card may still pay the $10 annual fee to use the library.

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