Latest Event Updates

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.

 

LWPL Needs Heroes!

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Super TeensLWPL is looking for ways to build heroes.  This summer we’d like utilize the community in helping provide resources and programming ideas for our summer reading program.  The theme this year is “Every Hero Has a Story”.

We’re looking for creative ways to play this theme out.  A few examples would be through enrichment activities that explore superpowers (flight, technology, science related presentations) or comic books (art, artists, character creation).  In fact, everyone with a unique skill or talent can be super in their own way.  If you have a unique talent and would like to share it with the local community, please contact the library, we would love to have you!

Ideas and suggestions can be submitted to the library in person or via email at lwplibrary111@gmail.com.  We are looking forward to what our great community has to offer!

Bluebonnet Club Meeting

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TEEA Bluebonnet Club Whitney will have a guest speaker from the Providence Hospice, Whitney, at their February 26 meeting held at Whitney Library at 11:00 AM.

The speaker will talk 15 minutes on Hospice and have a question and  answer session for 15 minutes – there is no charge.

This meeting is open to all.