As I type this column, we are entering our fourth week of our Summer Reading Programs. In the three weeks we have been hosting programs, we have had 30 programs with 394 participants! All of our programs are “homegrown” in that we have not paid for anyone to perform for the children. Teens have taken walking tours, preschool has played games and made things, Kindergarten through fifth grade has made things; Primary and Elementary summer school students have made things and tried experiments; and kids at McFarland Center made a craft. We will continue programs until the end of July at which time, programming will cease so inventory can begin and the staff can take a quick break before Fall programs begin.
All of these programs hopefully encourage visits to the Library to see what all the Library has to offer. There are books (of course), audio books to listen to or read along with, movies, for the children computers full of fun, educational games, for adults access to the internet, newspapers and magazines, and coloring pages for all ages. We don’t whisper any more and we do not use outside voices inside. We have all kinds of display to help our patrons find their next book to read.
Summer Reading Programs at the Library: Tuesdays 2 p.m for Kindergarten to 5th grade; Wednesday mornings 10:15 a.m. for Toddlers (ages 18months to 3 years) with their parent / caregiver; Wednesday afternoons 2 p.m. Teens and Tweens for 6th grade up to High School; and Thursdays 2 p.m. for PreSchool ages 3, 4, and 5 years with their parent / caregiver.
We did not have a Book Sale at the Annex in the month of June due to the heat and humidity and not enough volunteers to comfortably run the sale. Check with the Library closer to the estimated date of the July Sale to see what is happening.
East Texas Library Friends Book Club will meet on Saturday, July 7 to discuss Karin Tanabe’s The Diplomat’s Daughter at Oak Ridge Marina / Restaurant. To eat, join the group at 1 p.m (you pay for your own meal.) To discuss the book, join the group by 2 p.m.
For those of you wondering about our Library cat, Chessie: She is a little under the weather with a stomach ailment. We are hoping antibiotics will do the trick. She goes back to see her veterinarian in about another week.
Remember, the Library will be closed Wednesday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day! Please, have a safe holiday and enjoy the freedoms we have!
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