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New Library Progress – Boxes Full of Interior

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Our things are coming! Our things are coming!

That’s right! The first boxes from our order for the new library has come in and things are looking fantastic. Over the next few months our meeting room is going to have a corner taken out as the items purchased through the Tocker Foundation Grant and a few choice donations from the Friends of the Lake Whitney Library make their way in.

Now while most of the items that come in are going to be stored until the remainder of the pieces come in, we couldn’t wait for this first one. Some of our more active patrons may remember our book drop cart from the other library which was a trash can on wheels. When we moved to the library, our book drop was lower and so we needed a cart that was shorter. So we then upgraded to… a plastic tub on a dolly.

But now, feast your eyes on this beauty!

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This spring loaded cart is just what we needed. The springs allow for a softer drop than the hard plastic of the tub or the trashcan. This means less damage to the books, CDs, and DVDs when they are dropped through the slot!

Putting the cart together was no easy task. But Library Director Denise Carter and City of Whitney Maintenance Worker Julian put their heads together and got it together…
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…after a bit of trial and error of course!
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These are the first of many boxes that will be taking up space in the meeting room until the final items make their way in.  They don’t look like much now, but they contain the items that are vital to the library’s final look.
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The strange thing about ordering items is often enough the order they come in. For example, our slat wall backdrop and end panels for our shelving units will be among the last items to come. But the first box we opened were the slat wall components to go on them!
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These little beauties will hold all of our special collections, display items, and be used for signage for upcoming events.

But that’s not all of the signs we have. We are lucky to have such a great group of people that make up the Friends of the Lake Whitney Public Library. Our Friends members donated the money for our new interior signs so show our special collections (such as Large Print, Westerns, YA, etc.) as well as the different important features are in the library (Copy Center, OPAC, etc.). We are looking forward to getting these hung and removing some of the drab from the walls.
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Make sure to check out our Flickr page for more pictures are we move new items in! And, as always, make sure to follow us on Facebook & Google+ and check out our webpage for information on upcoming events and programs!

SR2014 – Puppets with Margaret Clauder

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It’s the end of Summer Reading and man has it been fun! We’ve seen how to stay safe with our hometown heroes, we sparked a reaction with Ms. Maria, there was a lot of moving and shaking with gymnastics, and we got to try some yummy food with healthy snacks. It has been a crazy ride and we wanted our grand finale to be something spectacular!

Meet The Bookworm. That’s right, THE Bookworm. She stopped by today from her travels to libraries around to world to share some of her FAVORITE books with us!
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She even brought a friend. Webster the Dictionary explained how to take care of books and how to look up big words we may not know. He even gave a great example by helping us look up ventriloquism is (although I’m not sure how that was relevant ;) ).
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We heard a good number of stories from The Bookworm. She told us the story of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (that’s the author of Shrek btw!). We heard all about how Sylvester’s wishes got him in trouble, even if it got him out of the rain. The Boomworm’s book even brought some of the rain to the kids, sprinkling them via magic.
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Next came the story of Kat Kong by Dav Pilkey. All of mouse civilization was entranced by the giant beast (or a little kitty depending on your point of view). This classic story retold included the cat escaping its chains (as seen below!) and taking one of the mice on top of a tall tower.
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The final story read was Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt.  Horace’s very bad day leads to bad feelings. A volunteer from the audience got to take Horace’s place and act out his very bad day with The Bookworm. From angry…
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… to surprised! After shouting, smacking, and making faces at the soup, Horace felt a lot better about his day.
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Finally, The Bookworm came up with a nifty trick. She showed everyone a bit of magic in which an audience member got to choose a magic card. It turns out that the card was her LIBRARY CARD. As all good readers know, your library card lets you pick out any book in the library you want! How fantastic is that??
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As you all know, this is the end of Summer Reading but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of reading fun! Join us August 7th and 14th at 10:30 for a special story time with Ms. Diana. This gives school age kids a chance to return to story time one last time before the school year begins! Our normal preschool story time will return to Wednesdays again on September 3rd at 10:30.

Make sure to check out our photos from this year’s Summer Reading program (over 200 photos this year!) on our SR2014 Flickr page. For more information on upcoming events, make sure to keep an eye on the calendar on our webpage and keep up with library happenings on our Facebook and Google+ pages.

August Events @ LWPL

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There is a lot going on at the library in August!  Our Brown Bag Series, Story time for preschool children, Art classes, Windows 8.1 classes for adults, and book club!  Make sure to visit the library’s website at to see all events!

Join us August 6th and 13th from 12:00 PM to 1:00PM for two new events in our Brown Bag series.  On August 6th Patty Smith will be teaching how to make decorative wreaths for any occasion.  Steve Longino, a native Texas woodturner, will continue the series with his presentation on August 13th. Steve will be show casing his amazing skill in making decorative wood pieces, such as bowls, plates, and goblets.

Ms. Diana will be leading two special story times on Thursdays, August 7th and August 14th @ 10:30 AM. Story time will return to its normal day and time on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:30 AM.

Art classes will also continue throughout August every Monday at 1:30 PM.  These free classes cover a wide range of media and are great for beginning students.

The library is also offering free computer classes, teaching Windows 8.1 to those who are new to the operating system and need help maneuvering around.

Book club will also meet on August 26th at 1:30 PM.  They will be discussing Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.

For any information on these programs or more feel free to give us a call at 254.694.4639 or email us at

SR2014 – Healthy Snacks and DPS Safety

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Safety first @ the library, that’s what I always say.  And it has never been more true than today!  Our summer reading program was a mish mash of things to keep the kids safe and healthy!

We started off with a presentation from Hill County Extension Office Agent Karen Jungman.  She taught us how to make Orange-Pinapple Dreamsicle Smoothies (Click here for the recipe!)  The kids loved the refreshing drink and loved the Pizza Kabobs that came with it.  It was so good some came back for seconds and even thirds!  Even the adults were hungry for a snack.

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Next came  presentation from HOT Emergency Services came by with Cell Phone Sally to show the kids a great show about how to dial 911.  There was some great responses from the kids and they really seemed to learn a lot!

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Next Officers Alvarado and Merriman came to explain what it is that a state trooper does and the steps they take to keep the kids safe.  After a short QA from the kids, the officers showed off their equipment.  The kids had a blast looking at all of the tools that a necessary for the job.  They even took the kids outside to show off their car and all of the cool tools inside!

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Next week is the final week of our Summer Reading Program and the Lake Whitney Public Library is ready to go out in style.  Join us as we welcome puppeteer Maragret Clauder and her cast of friends.  This award-winning performer from the Metroplex is a skillful storyteller, puppeteer, and ventriloquist.  It is definitely not something to miss!


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Hill County Extension Agent, Karen Jungman has given the library some kid-friendly recipes and snacks that are designed to help kids make better choices about what they put in their lunch boxes!  I’ve listed a few here but stop by the library for her hand out for the full list!

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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 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!