Latest Event Updates

Amnesty Month

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Guilty patrons are being given a chance to return their overdue library books.  The Lake Whitney Public Library is offering amnesty for the entire month of April in celebration of National Library Week.  So if you’ve never gotten around to returning that copy of “Fifty Shades” that has been sitting on your coffee table or have recently found the library’s copy of “Harry Potter” shoved beneath the couch, never fear—you are in luck!

Lake Whitney Public Library is offering to wave all fines accrued on long overdue items so long as the item or a reasonable replacement of the item is returned.  This is good news for patrons who are not in the best of standing, as it means their account will be cleared and they will once again be able to check items out.

The library hopes the initiative will encourage patrons with long overdue items to return to the library.

“We are hoping that waiving fines will encourage patrons to return their overdue items.  Getting these items back into circulation is important so that other members of the community will have a chance to check the items out,” said a spokesperson from the library.  “A clear account will may rekindle the patron’s love of the library and allow them to take advantage of all of the services, materials, and weekly programs that LWPL has to offer.”

Patrons enjoy a three week borrowing period on all items but movies which can be checked out for one week.  Fines range from $0.15 to $0.50 per item per day which can accrue quickly on an absent minded patron’s account.

The amnesty period lasts the entire month of April in order to provide patrons with plenty of time to round up any and all overdue items to get them in before the deadline.  To take advantage of this program, patrons should take their overdue items and their library cards to the circulation desk.

To celebrate amnesty month, LWPL is holding a competition for the best excuse for a late book!  Entrants are invited to submit their excuse in writing or via email.  The winner will be selected the first week of May and their “excuse” will be featured on the library’s webpage and Facebook page.

For more information concerning the amnesty period, including a list of what is overdue, please contact Lake Whitney Public Library at 254-694-4639 or stop in for a printed list.

New eBooks are @ your library!

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Lake Whitney Public Library is happy to announce that brand new eBooks now are ready for checkout.  The library has partnered with Axis 360 to purchase eBooks that will be available only to patrons of the Lake Whitney Public Library.  Unlike previous offerings, this means that LWPL patrons will not have to fight for position with patrons from other libraries and suffer from long hold times.

There are many titles available, including those from popular authors such as Janet Evanovich, George R.R. Martin, and E.L. James.  There are even eBook exclusives, stories that aren’t available in print, from C.J. Box, Lee Child, and Jeffrey Deaver.

There are many titles available for check out and best of all, these return automatically so there are no worries of late fees.  Ebooks have a 2 week limit and there is no renewal available to ensure that everyone in the area will have a chance to read all that we have to offer.

Check out all of our eBooks at our Axis 360 eBook page.  The eBooks can be accessed through the Axis 360 app which can be downloaded from the Baker & Taylor App Zone.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Jam Session Planned @ LWPL

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Good news for music fans!  LWPL will be holding another jam session on March 21st @ 6 PM.

Like last time, this session will be held inside due to Texas weather.  As always, feel free to bring your own chair if you want to listen and your own instrument if you want to join in!  Everyone is invited so bring your friends, family, neighbors, and whoever else you can think of for an evening of great music and good fun.

Our New Catalog is Here!

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LWPL’s new catalog has been released and it is looking good!  For those eager to jump right in, feel free to follow this link, otherwise stay tuned for a quick rundown of all the new features.

The catalog is so much more stream lined and (let’s face it) modern compared to our old one.  But this goes beyond a simple facelift!  There are tons of new features that allow you to use your library like never before.

The catalog is available on your mobile device or desktop computer and is accessible from anywhere, at any time!  The catalog is also now available in multiple languages. You can choose to access the site in English, Spanish, French, or Vietnamese.  Signing into your account is still a breeze, using your library card number as your user name and your phone number (with no dashes) as your password.

The best part about this new navigation system is that there are no longer any annoying popups!  You can access your account details in the same window and never have to worry about switching tabs or pages.  On desktop computer you can defer reserves over a date range, print items that you currently have checked out, and renew your items.  On this page you’ll also be able to request books from the library.  These items are considered when it comes time to order and we love filling patron requests so if there is something you’d like to see in the library, send a request!

Searching has also been simplified.  The main page has a fantastic crawl of new items letting you see in real time when we add new items to the catalog.  You can click on the item’s cover and automatically see the record, letting you reserve/hold the item or even bookmark it to be added later.  One of my favorite new features is the review options, which allow you to review your favorite books in hopes of convincing other reader to pick up the item.

Under the “What’s Hot” tab, you’ll see a list of our most popular items, as well as the option to search for items that are new.  Currently our lists are only for Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, DVDs, and Audio Books, but we are looking to add more in the future.  Here you will also find the lists we’ve compiled for various interests, like our High School and Middle School Reading lists, award winners, and Book Club titles.

LWPL Receives J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award

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Lake Whitney Public Library has been selected as one of four libraries in Texas as a recipient for the 2015 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award.  These monetary awards are given by the Texas Library Association (TLA) to library applicants each spring.  In 2014, four libraries were awarded $8,000 for the purchase of new materials.  The award will be presented April 15 at the TLA Annual Conference in Austin.

A native Texan, J. Frank Dobie was an American author best known for his many books which depicted the traditions of rural Texas.  Born in 1888 on a ranch in Live Oak County, his early life would ultimately shape his character and interests.  Dobie’s writing spanned the early 20thcentury.  He was an appreciated newspaper columnist and focused his writing on the fading folklore of the southwest.  Find out more about this author and his works at the Handbook of Texas Online.

The J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award is a monetary award given each spring to library applicants selected by the Award Committee.  To be eligible for the award, libraries must be open for service a minimum of 20 hours a week and serve a population of 20,000 or less.

Local Carvings on Display

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Our display case is once again full of art by talented locals.  The display features work by Sandy DiLorenzo, John Knightstep, and Marty Hayes and compiled by instructor Harry Seurkamp.  Patrons may remember some of their other work on display during the holiday season.

Find out more about their work at outofthewoodwork.net

Learn to Live Course @ LWPL

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On February 18th, 25th, and March 4th at 3:00 PM, LWPL will host an adult education course presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Coryell Memorial Healthcare System.

The program is a three week series, meeting for one hour each week.  Topics covered by the program include blood pressure, cholesterol, immunizations, and physical activity.  There is no cost to the program and all materials are provided for the participants.

For more information, please call 254.582.4022.