By Cathy Czajkowski
Groveton Library Director
Janet Batchelor was here on Thursday, July 21, to read her newest book “Fraidy Fox.”
The Children’s Summer Reading Program has 23 registered children and we are averaging 12 for story time each Tuesday and Thursday. Our theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Our summer reading program will end July 29.
We are thankful to all who have donated their time, gifts for our treasure chest and to those parents who have brought their children to the library. Your librarian considers this summer a huge success.
On July 7, Susan Kitchens read for the children. She read a book that was her favorite when she was a child. It was “Lentil” by Robert McCloskey. The story is about how Lentil, a boy who could not sing or even whistle, learned to play a harmonica and how learning to play the harmonica opened up possibilities for his home town. Thank you to Mrs. Kitchens for the story and for the gifts of harmonicas to all the children present. It was a special story time.
•The library is hosting a Groveton Photo Contest at the library during the month of August. The contest guidelines are as follows. All work must be by the entrant. Minimum size for entry is 5x7 and maximum size is 16x20. Photos may be mounted, unmounted or framed. All entries must be in one of the categories of people, places or things.
Deliver the entries to the Groveton Public Library between the hours of 1-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. All entries need to be in by Aug. 15 and the judging and awards presentation will be on Aug. 26. You may pick up an entry form at the library during regular hours. Your librarian is excited to have this opportunity for our community.
The library is having a fundraiser for our new library building. The tickets are $5 per ticket. There will be three chances to win. The first item is 114 volumes of Louis L’ Amour leatherbound books which are a $1,000 value. The second item is a volume of “Journey to Jubilee, Groveton, Texas, USA,” a $100 value. The third item is three books written and signed by Janet Batchelor, our local author and they are “Al & the Owligator,” “Princess, Fred Frog and the Thing on the Log,” and “Fraidy Fox” with a $50 value.
All ticket sales will go towards our New Library Building Fund. The drawing will be held on Dec. 22 at the Library Christmas Open House. If you would like to purchase tickets, please call the library at (936) 642-2483 or come by the library between the hours of 1-6 p.m. Your librarian will also be at upcoming events to promote our library. Please stop and visit if you see me in your area. You do not have to be present to win.
Donations of $170 added to our New Library Building Fund brings our total to $2,455.20. 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, purchases books at our book sale and donates in memory of someone.
•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.