Have you visited the Children’s Area of the library lately? We now have an assortment of toys for our youngest patrons to enjoy. There is a train set, soft blocks, puzzles, cars, and a few other items.
We ask our parents to help their children learn to put things back where they belong after they have enjoyed playing with the toys. The bins are marked with pictures of what goes into the bins and then the bins slide under the new reading bench.
These items are part of a grant from the IMLS and the Texas State Library. Playing with toys helps young children develop their brain and prepare them for a life of learning. Simply connecting the pieces of the train track together helps stimulate the areas of the brain that are used for problem solving. Stacking blocks and knocking them over introduces cause and effect and stimulates that area of the brain.
Something else to notice are the lights in the library. Thanks to a grant from the Meredith Foundation we were able to have LED lights installed in the place of the fluorescent lights throughout the library. Just the few that have been installed as of the writing of this column have made a tremendous difference.
Our new group of NETLibs Circulating Large Print Books have arrived. The Mineola Memorial Library is part of North East Texas Libraries and we participate in a circulating collection of Large Print.
About every three months we send our set of books on to another participating library and receive a new set from another library. This month we have 26 titles to choose from; some titles we have and some we do not. We will have these books until July 24 then we will get them ready to send to the next library.
Participating in this program gives us the opportunity to try a new author or subject that we might not carry and if feedback is positive, we just might add a copy permanently to our collection.
June promises to be a very busy month. We will begin our Summer Reading programs on Wednesday, June 7 at 2 p.m. for children kindergarten to fifth grade and for tweens and teens.
On Thursdays, for the month of June only, we will have a program for 3-5 year olds at 2 p.m. beginning June 8. We will also add additional routes to the Bookmobile with visits to the kindergarten through fifth grade summer chool classes on Tuesday and Thursday mornings of summer school and a weekly trip to Addie E. McFarland Community Center beginning June 12.
Thank you to the Republican Women of Wood County, Political Action Committee for their donation in memory of Jane Byrd, a respected member of their organization. Thank you also to an anonymous patron for the donation of three children’s books relating to financial literacy.
Stop by and see us at 301 N. Pacific or visit our web page at www.mineolalibrary.com. We would love to see you.
Remember the Mineola Memorial Library is a 501(c)3, non-profit and your donations are tax deductible.