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060922 groveton libraryThe first day of the Summer Reading Program at the Groveton Public Library had seven children and six adults in attendance. Courtesy photo

By Cathy Czajkowski

Groveton Library

Our town needs a new library building. Your librarian is seriously and sincerely looking for a new building to house our growing library.

We have 116 active patrons who come to our library. These are patrons who check out books. This total does not include the people who just come to use the computer to print forms that they are required to have for social security, child support, etc. We have around 100 visits to our library each month.

Our library is very important to this community, and I am pleading to anyone who has or knows someone who has a lot or a house or a building that might be just right for our library to move into. Please call me if you have any ideas.

Donations of $30.81 to our new library building fund brings our total to $2,166.38. Please put your change in the donation jars at McClain’s Hardware, Monica’s on Main Resale, One Stop Grocery and Pizza, Pruitt’s Auto, and Susie Q’s.

Thank you to these businesses for their support. Thank you to everyone who drops their pennies in the jars. Your librarian has a new goal of $5,000 by the end of the year for our new building fund.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program has started and we have 14 registered children as of June 1 and we had seven children and six adults for the first Story Time on June 2. Our theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.”

There are so many different creatures and fish and plants in the sea and we are only going to barely touch the surface but we are going to learn and have so much fun. Your librarian is excited.

This program will be available for 4 to 12 years old. Anyone at any age is welcome to come to the library but only those registered will be in the reading competition. If anyone would like to come and read to the children, please call the library. We have a few reading times open for the summer. These story time days will be on Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m.

World Ocean Day is June 8 and that goes right along with our theme for the Summer Reading Program.

Texas Workforce Solutions will be in the library on Tuesday, June 21, from 1-4 p.m. This is such a wonderful program for anyone who needs employment assistance. There are many programs that they can help you to access for training and employment.

Don’t forget Father’s Day on June 19. We have plenty of books for sale that would make great presents for your special man.

The library will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth.

We have a retired teacher that teaches ESL (English as a second language) classes to anyone who is interested. This is a free service provided at the library for our community.

The library offers copy services and fax services and Notary Public services.

If you are aware of any person that is homebound and cannot get to the library but would like to have books to read, please call the library. We will work on a time for delivery and pickup of books if someone shows interest. This is your library. Please let me know how I can be of service to you.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Story time is at 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. ESL class is at 2 p.m. Friday

The library phone number is (936) 642-2483, and the location is in the rock building just east of the courthouse.

Cathy Czajkowski is director of the Groveton Public Library.

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