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SR2014 – Gymnastics

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What an athletic bunch we had today for summer reading!  The presentation by Gymtricks Gymnastics was fantastic and even better, the kids LOVED it!

We started a little early today as local author G.W. Blair stopped by to read The Kid with Too Many Pets by Harland Williams.  The over the top story was well liked as pet after pet filled the house until it could hold no more.

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While the story was going on, a young member of the crowd couldn’t wait for the tumbling to begin.  We took a snapshot of him running away, but his turn to tumble would come soon enough!

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The girls took their turn first, showing off their skills with front and back rolls, handsprings, cartwheels, and even one-handed cartwheels!

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Then they took turns on the practice beam showing off their balance with cartwheels and handstands.

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The gymnasts also gave us a show of their skill on the bar.  There were flips and somersaults abound!

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Finally it was time for the guests to shine.  They were invited to come out and try out the equipment and show off some natural talent.  We had all sorts of participants, each with their own unique form.  Some preferred the  classic superhero pose, ever vigilant in the night.

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While others went for more of the roll and slide technique.

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They even got a chance to show their skill on the bars.  It was amazing how well they could hold up their own weight!

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All in all, there was a lot of concentration and focus as the kids took their turns.  There was a lot of fun to be had and they were definitely enthusiastic about showing of their skills and talents for the sport!  To see more pictures from this event and others like it, be sure to check out our flickr page!

Out next event will be Healthy Snacks and DPS Safety on July 24th.  Keep an eye on our website at www.whitneylibrary.org for more upcoming events!

SR2014 – Cool School with Ms. Maria

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¡Hola! Today was Cool School with Ms. Maria and  we had a fantastic time singing and dancing along with Ms. Maria and Cool Cat.  Her program really sparked a reaction  with the crowd as her presentation fit in with the Fizz, Boom, Read! theme this year.

Since it was still fairly early, the kids were eager to get the giggles and wiggles out.  A few songs and dances (including an electric hokey pokey) and they were ready to get their focus on.

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We talked about all the things that spark and boom, from electricity to fireworks–a great topic with the Fourth of July being just last week!  With some sparkly pompoms (and a little imagination) we became sparklers that would fizz out as we counted down through the song.

 

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Next came the vegetarian scientist who LOVES when the gives feed him vegetables.  We all had a big laugh whenever he was given anything else to eat.  Nothing is quite as funny as a puppet with indigestion.

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Ms. Maria then read a book that explained to everyone how electricity is generated.  She gave some really cool examples of how we could make a generator at home and how the electric companies make a much bigger version to power our homes.

 

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One of the best parts of the program was definitely when some volunteers got to dress up like wise old men.  Some of our participants got into the role a little more than others.

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We ended things with a big Whitney Band, the kids strumming and shaking along to the music to get us moving at the end of the program.

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We would like to thank Ms. Maria and Cool Cat for stopping by and giving us some great songs to sing and dance to as well as giving us some cool knowledge about all things that spark, fizz, and boom!

Next week we’ll have some great local talent with Gymtricks Gymnastics for our next Summer Reading Program, July 17th @ 10:30 AM.  Along with the tumblers, kids in the audience will be welcome to join in on the fun!

SR2014 – Hometown Heroes

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Woo hoo!  First day of summer reading and it could not have been a better day.  Parents and kids alike were excited about our first event in the new library and they were not disappointed.  We saw a total of 130 kids in participation today, which is more than we ever held at our old location.  It looks like the new space has already paid off!

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Our first presentation came from Jennifer Sleezer of the Lake Whitney Corps of Engineers who taught us important tips for water safety.  During the summer months it is easy to assume that the water will be nice and warm, but some of us are a touch impatient and may try to take a dip when the water is too cold.  To show the dangers, Jennifer took 12 pennies and tossed them into a bucket of ice water, inviting brave volunteers to try and fish them out.

 

 

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Plenty of eager volunteers lined up, wanting to be the first to fish out all twelve.

 

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But the icy water proved to be too much for the first volunteer.  And so the next one tried.

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But the icy water was just too much!  The cold left our brave volunteers unable to grasp the pennies (or even find them in some cases!)

 

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So again they tried…
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…and tried…

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and tried!  Until finally…
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…Jennifer had to fish out the final few.  It was a great way to really show the dangers of the cold and how quickly one looses feeling in the water.

 

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Next we learned about how to choose the proper size and type of life jacket.  The kids were eager to get on their jackets and this led to some rather awkward situations.

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Our young volunteer here put on a life jacket designed for an adult.  It was so large you could say he was swimming in it.
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The jacket was so bit it slipped right over him!  It was definitely not designed with his size in mind.  If he were out on the lake using this life jacket, he would definitely be in over his head.

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Next came a presentation by the Whitney Police Department.  Officer Kara Pearson took time to explain what it is that a police officer does and how they keep us safe.
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The kids were definitely impressed as Officer Pearson showed off the tools of the trade; including her helmet, handcuffs, and her sergeant’s Taser!

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After the inside presentation came the outdoor portion.  The kids lined up to see the firetruck, ambulance, and police car.  It is a good thing our new back yard is spacious because there was lots to see!

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Our first stop was the fire truck.  The firefighter showed off his suit so that we would know what to look for if there was ever a fire and we needed help getting out!

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One lucky volunteer even got to see the firefighter’s helmet!  How cool is that???
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Finally, he showed us all of the tools that a firefighter uses to keep us safe.  Who knew that a firetruck could hold so many things?
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Our final stops were a walk through the ambulance and a look around the police vehicle.

All in all, it was a successful day for Summer Reading presenters and attendees alike!  We can’t wait until next Thursday when Ms. Maria stops by for Cool School.  Keep an eye on our website at www.whitneylibrary.org for more upcoming events!  And, as always, check out our Flickr page for even more photos!

Treats for Troops Donations Requested @LWPL

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Lake Whitney Public Library is teaming up with the Fort Graham DAR and DFW USO to bring Treats for Troops. The program is designed to give troops hard to get items that remind them a bit of home. The drive will continue until July 23rd.

Items will be collected and delivered to the DFW USO where the snacks will be made available free of charge to troops and veterans as they pass through the airport.  Fort Graham DAR is assisting in this Treats for Troops Drive.  Items may be placed in the donation box located inside the foyer at the library.  Cash or check donations may be placed in the can at the donation site.  Please make checks payable to DFW USO.

The USO is a registered 501(c)3 charity. All donations are tax-deductible.

Items requested are single-serving sized snack and drink items, including:

  • Rice Crispy Treats
  • Cases of chocolate bars
  • Peanuts/Mixed Nuts
  • Cases of Orange Juice
  • Cases of Apple Juice
  • Cases of Juice Boxes
  • Variety pack chips
  • Trail Mix
  • Beef Jerky
  • Protein Bars
  • Bottle Water
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Cookies
  • Pretzels
  • Raisins
  • Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Chewing Gum

Lots to do in July @LWPL

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July events are filling up as we settle in to our new location. Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events!

Its a new library which means new events for LWPL patrons!  Yes, the month of July is going to be a busy one.  We’ve got art classes, book club, a local author’s book signing and reading, and lets not forget that Summer Reading is just around the corner.  Make sure to check out our Facebook page or our calendar on the right for all upcoming events!
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Summer Reading

Make sure to stop by our -New- library this summer for some great free summer time activities. Our program this year mean to make the most of our brand new space so be sure to stop by every Thursday at 10:30.

 

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Beginning Art Class

Join Tamera Gardner for weekly beginning art classes on the basics of drawing with various mediums. Art supplies are provided but feel free to bring your own.
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Brown Bag Book Reading Local author G.W. Blair will conduct a book reading and signing session Wednesday, July 9th.  Blair will be reading from her debut novel: Michael D’angelo: The Making of a Detective.  Event goers are encourage to bring their own lunch during the reading.  Drinks will be furnished by the library.  Make sure to stop by Thursday, July 17th when Blair will read children’s books during our summer reading program!

Local Author Children’s Book Reading Local author, G.W. Blair, will be entertaining the children today at 10 AM before our Summer Reading presentation.

 

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Book Club The LWPL Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 1:30! Feel free to drop in on a great discussion.  This month’s book is:  The Weird Sisters by Elanor Brown.

New Library Progress – We’re (semi) done!

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Yay!  We’re done and everything is perfect.

Well… almost perfect.

Ok, so there are still a few bugs to work out and the remainder of our interior is still unfinished but we are functional.  Over the past two days, patrons have been checking out items, using our new computers, and enjoying our brand new space.  And that’s what really matters, right?

We are enjoying a high volume of patrons and record numbers of new patrons who are just as excited about the new building as we are.

Playstation 2 is still a big hit and laptop users are loving the private areas to work.

Our kids and teen area are seeing a lot of use too, which is fairly awesome, if I do say so myself.

On the whole, our soft opening has been a success.  A few minor issues have been keeping staff on our toes, including a broken front door on the first day (so many patrons!), but these are nothing compared to the positive feedback we’ve received since we opened.  We would just like to take the time to thank the City of Whitney for supporting use throughout this move and the members of our community who have generously donated to make this building a reality.  It is truly amazing to say that the entire building was built by 100% donations with no government funding going to its construction.  We really cannot express how this show of support has encouraged and motivated library staff and volunteers.  The Library Staff and Friends of the Lake Whitney Public Library are just thrilled to be able to have such a beautiful building that has the room to provide the services that this growing community needs and deserves.  Thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts.

On a less personal note, updates are going to come more sporadically as we are waiting for more funding for the remaining interior items.  Please be sure to keep an eye on us on Facebook for more information.

New Library Progress – Moving has begun!

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SO!  Its the second day of our big move and man, are we exhausted!  But that’s a good thing.  We’ve made a lot of progress and we are just so thrilled with the progress our volunteers have made so far.

Our work room is slightly messier than usual.

We’ve spent the past two days boxing up and hauling over all loose items.  The plan is to have all of our items–from staplers to file cabinets– packed away by the 30th!  That’s when our movers will come for all our heavy furniture as the old building will be quite empty by then.

How empty!

This space is likely familiar to our computers users as it once held all of our patron use computers.  They have already been moved to the new location and they are looking pretty sweet.

So much space!

It may look a little sparse now, but what you see is far from the final product.  The furnishings we are moving now are a temporary feature as we are awaiting word on our final bits of funding.  There will be more on our actual furnishings as information trickles in.

Until the furniture gets moved in, we’re still working away, and so that means temporary work spaces!

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While it has been a productive few days, there is still much more ahead.  We would like to once again thank our volunteers for all the hard work they’ve done and will be doing over these next few days.  We would also like to remind our patrons that we will not be opened until the 9th which means no computer access, no printing or faxing, and no donations of any kind!

Stay tuned for more updates as we move.  As always, check our flickr  all week for more photos!