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#FridayReads – The White Princess

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The White Princess
by Philippa Gregory
Publish date: 2013
Genre: Biographical fiction, Historical Fiction
Pages: 544

The White Princess is the fifth installment in Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins’ War series.  The books have gained a notable following ever since the release of the STARZ original series “The White Queen” which debuted in 2013.  Often (unfairly) compared to shows with bigger budgets like the Showtime series The Tudors and the HBO series Game of ThronesThe Cousins’ War is a fantastic set of novels that focus on the Wars of the Roses full of enough plots and schemes to keep readers enthralled with each new installment.

The White Princess offers the conclusion to the Wars of the Roses and the immediate aftermath.  Focusing heavily on Princess Elizabeth, the novel follows the uneasy union between the Tudors and the Yorks after Henry and Elizabeth’s marriage.  Again, this series is not for timid readers, but the faithful will definitely be rewarded.

Free Resources @ LWPL

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Did you know that you have fantastic resources available to you at your fingertips? Having a library card at LWPL gives you access to free resources that can help you in your everyday life.  The Texshare Databases and the Texas Talking Book Program are great resources that can give you access to items that you would normally be unable to find.

Texshare Databases host e-resources that cover a wide variety of topics from Health and Medical to Education and Career Development and everything in-between. Among these fantastic databases are genealogy resources, such as HeritageQuest Online.

These online resources are funded by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services. The TexShare Databases are a program by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, made possible by state and federal funds, as well as through member participation fees. The Texshare Database is a commercial collection of database subscriptions that are paid for by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) for use by registered patrons of Texas public libraries at no charge to patron who use the TexShare Databases through their participating TexShare member libraries.

The Texas Talking Book Program also provides free library services to Texans who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical, or reading disabilities with thousands of titles available in a wide variety of categories in different formats, including audio, print, and Braille.  For more information, please contact the Texas State Library Archives Commission at or 1-800-252-9605.

The LWPL Newsletter is a great way to stay in touch with all that is going on at YOUR library!  The newsletter includes insider information on the latest programs and events as well as new titles added and even a monthly event schedule.  These events include free classes, like our Ask a Tech Tuesday.  From 10 AM to 2 PM every Tuesday, our resident tech offers basic computer instruction on a person by person basis.  The instruction cover skills such as email, word processing, and basic computer skills.  For the latest copy of our newsletter, check out our webpage at

To find out more about how you can access these amazing resources, contact Lake Whitney Public Library at 254.694.4639 or stop by and ask for more information.

#FridayReads – Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl

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Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl
by Jesse Andrews
Publish date: 2012
Genre: Humor, Coming of Age
Pages: 295

Ok, I get it.  You’re done weeping over The Fault in our Stars and you’re wanting more.  But then you have to deal with all of the poorly managed copy-cat novels that follow a big success.

Well search no more!  Andrews novel is refreshingly original.  It stars seventeen-year-old Greg, who has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends.  His life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia.

Written from Greg’s perspective, the snark levels are high as is the self-aware commentary.  The characters are believable and warm despite (or because of) their social awkwardness.

Season’s Readings from LWPL

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Season’s Readings from Lake Whitney Public Library!  The library is certainly looking festive and, as usual, we have our fantastic community to thank for it.  We recently asked for patrons to bring in their silver and red ornaments to help us decorate our newly donated tree.  And did we ever get a good response!  Many patrons brought in their gently used decorations and some generous members even brought us some brand new ones!  It is always good to see patrons giving to their community and it seems extra special this time of year.


Speaking of extra special, patrons may have noticed that we have changed out our decorations behind the circulation desk!  Harry Seurkamp of Out of the Woodwork Wood Carvings now has his fantastic holiday wood carvings on display.  Harry has a real talent for crafting and offers free classes on wood carving.  You can check out more of his collection at


#FridayReads – Written in my Own Heart’s Blood

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Written in my Own Heart’s Blood
by Diana Gabaldon
Publish date: 2014
Genre:Love stories, Historical fiction, Fantasy fiction
Pages: 825

The 8th book in the Outlander series is not for those new to the series but it certainly delivers for the fans!  This series has it all from time travel to epic battles and everything in between.  Now Gabaldon is not for sensitive readers as she drops more than a few f-bombs in her work and the writing itself can get a bit saucy.  Its definitely a work of fantasy so those looking for historical realism need not apply.  What really makes the Outlander series unique are the dynamic characters that battle against each other and the situations they are put in.  Its not often that readers are treated to a time vortex, sword swinging, epic romance that spans time and space.  As the series goes on its interesting to see how this series has grown and it is exciting to imagine where it will end up.

Friends of the Library Looking for New Members

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The Friends of the Lake Whitney Public Library invite book lovers, library fanatics, and those with good community spirit to join in supporting the Lake Whitney Public Library. Friends of the Library show their support in many ways, through monetary support to volunteer opportunities. Friends Funds are used in a variety of ways:, from purchasing specialty items to funding our Summer Reading program and more!  Friends of the Lake Whitney Public Library are active members in the community. There are many events in which you can help, from the Friends Book Sale, the Brown Bag Lunch Series, to Story Time. The library would like to encourage you to show off your talents and pass your skills on to the next generation.

As a friend you receive recognition for your support and contributions, permission to check out 10 books at a time, no late fees, and the personal satisfaction of helping support your local community through your library.

There are many levels of support and we encourage you to make whatever donation you are able to help the library to continue to flourish in this growing community. Be sure to check out our monthly newsletter for more information on what the Friends of the Lake Whitney Public Library are up to and how they help your library!



Closed for Thanksgiving

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Gobble gobble! Just a reminder to all our book lovers that we will be closed November 27th, 28th, and 29th for Thanksgiving.
Be sure to get enough to read for the long weekend! (ps. Friends of the Library, remember that you get twice the amount of check outs so stock up!)