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Contest Winners at Van Alstyne Public Library

Laney Armstrong
Laney Armstrong
Susan Powell
Susan Powell

The winner of our summer Teen Reading Contest is Laney Armstrong, who read a total of 38 books this summer. Her prize is a $20 gift card to Books-a-Million. Thanks to Books-a-Million for donating this prize for our contest. Second place, and a free book, goes to Cait Stroud, who read 28 books this summer. Great job ladies!

The first place winner of our Blind-Date-with-a-Book summer adult reading contest is Constance Harris. Constance’s name was drawn from 60 entries contributed by 26 people who went on an adventure and checked out a book from our special collection of “hidden titles.” Constance wins dinner for two at El Patio Escondido; thanks to this local business for supporting our contest for a second summer.

Second and third place winners, Susan Powell and Marquerite Ballard, receive ecofriendly book bags manufactured by Freeset Global, a company that provides decent work hours and pay for women who once had to make their living on the streets of India.

The prize for the most books checked out from our Blind-Date display goes to Emily Kendrick who read 11 of these books. That’s the spirit of adventure!

Want to get started on learning to speak Spanish? Register for our six-week group study. We’ll meet on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 19. It will be fun and educational. You can call us a 903-482-5991 or email me at tracyl@cityofvanalstyne.us to register. We’ll need at least five students to go forward with the class.

The Friends of the Library annual book sale is just around the corner. Mark your calendars for Sept. 26-28.

We are open Saturday, Aug. 31, at our usual time – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — but will be closed on Labor Day Monday. Remember, you can check out an e-book any time of the day or night once you have a library card number and pin number.

Thanks to all you who helped make Summer 2013 a great success at our library. Teen Council members donated a lot of hours by helping with kids programs and shelving more than 2,000 children’s books. They also donated time to the Grayson Crisis Center to help younger children with crafts, stories, and puppet shows. Sharon Hayes, our most faithful adult volunteer, has been here two to three times a week every week to sign in the attendees for our various children’s programs. Parents and grandparents thank you for bringing your children to the library and supporting their love of books and learning. An educated rising generation is the best gift we can offer our community.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.

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