October has been a terrific month!
The Friends of the Library met at the Mineola Nature Preserve and learned a lot about the preserve and its history and future. It was a really nice day to be outside and enjoy the view, too. The Friends of the Mineola Memorial Library will be manning an informational booth at the Iron Horse Festival in Mineola on Oct. 28. Please, stop by the booth and find out about activities at the library as well as the Friends organization.
A great big thank you to the volunteers who are helping out at the library during this month of October. Three of the library employees are members of the Mineola High School Marching Band. Sept. 30, Oct. 7, and Oct. 14 were days those students were marching and playing in competition. Oct. 24 will be UIL competition and we will see what happens after that contest. Our volunteers and dedicated staff have made it possible for these students to compete and this library director (also a proud mom of a senior trombone player) to attend these competitions.
Here is another frequently asked question: what are the library’s hours? The library is open Tuesday to Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday it closes at 5:30 p.m. Friday it closes at 5 p.m. Saturday it closes at 4 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday. Books and other items needing to be returned when the library is closed may be placed in either the book drop or the video drop located on the front porch of the library.
The Library Book Club will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. to discuss “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. This book is a western set in Texas after the Civil War. A young child was stolen by the Kiowa and is now being returned to her family in the company of a man of about 70. This story follows their journey back to the San Antonio area and how their feelings of animosity toward each other change with the passage of time.
The Library Book Sale will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to about 2 p.m. depending on weather. Items are added to the inventory each month. Check out the book sale and help support the library with your purchases.
After school programs continue to meet on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. There are story times for Toddlers and their caregivers at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday mornings and for Preschoolers and their caregivers at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday mornings too.
The library has received memorials for Marsha Parrish-Smith from Edith Cater and for Billy “Dude” Carter from David and Lynda Rauscher and a donation from Lucy Hebron. The library has received a subscription from Elizabeth Smith for the Christian Science Monitor.
Remember, the Mineola Memorial Library is a 501(c)3, non -profit and your donations are tax deductible.