March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. The weather this past week has been just glorious. Makes you want to get out and do something out of doors. The library has books on plants and planting, exercise, and travel destinations that may come in handy when you feel the need to get out.
Over Spring Break the library offered the Playing to Grow activity. Each day for an hour, children ages 3 and under, along with their parents, came to the library to play together and to learn something. The average attendance was five children and their adults. We will offer this again in the fall, probably following the same format of offering the program for an hour a day, every day, for one library business week. If you missed this spring session, we hope to see you in the fall.
Two of our staff are in Dallas for the annual Texas Library Association Convention. This is a time for librarians from all across the state to gather and learn about different products and services, to attend lectures about things they may want to offer, and to network with other librarians. Please, be patient. We left a wonderful team of volunteers filling in during this time, April 3 - 7.
The Library Book Club is reading “The Man from Skibbereen” by Louis L’Amour and will be discussing it on Thursday, April 19 at 6 p.m. Pick up a copy, read it, and join the lively discussion. The East Texas Library Friends book club is reading “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. They will meet on April 14 at 2 p.m. to discuss this selection. Location to meet can be found at www.goodreads.com, then search for the group: East Texas Library Friends. As with all book clubs, it is up to the members to get a copy of the book to read. The Mineola Memorial Library tries to have three to four copies of the selections (regular print, large print when available, audio when available, and e Book when available) and give them a two week check out time in order to give several people the opportunity to read the selection.
Ever wonder about those children’s computers? They are full of educational games and not connected to the Internet. One station has a touch screen and the other has a mouse. Curious about what the children enjoy? On the touch screen it is finger-painting and Dora the Explorer. On the second station it is Magic School Bus and Barney.
The Mineola Memorial Library has received memorials for Charles Howard Reed from Judy and Buck Lansford and for Margaret Steele from Angela Dickey, Greg and Carol Hollen, Ken and Mitzi Pearce, and numerous nieces and nephews.
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