The winners of our summer reading contests are:
1st place Teen Reads – Garrett Green – $20 Books-a-Million gift card. Thanks to Books-a-Million for their sponsorship of this contest.
2nd place Teen Reads – Carleigh Howard - $10 cash – Thanks to Teen Council for their sponsorship of this contest
Grand Prize Adults – Beverly Ingram - $20 Amazon gift card
2nd place Adults – Dean Powell - $10 Amazon gift card
Each entry in our adult summer contest requested the reader rate the book on a five-point scale: didn’t like it, it was okay, liked it, really good, awesome. Like beauty, declaring a book to be “awesome” is really a matter of opinion, I elect to share these book titles with you that received that rating.
Forbidden Falls by Robyn Carr
Echo Park by Michael Connelly
Lost Girls by Robert Kolker
Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
The Splintered Oak by T. L. Gray
The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau
I’ve Got You Under my Skin by Mary Higgins Clark
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
Today is my last day as the director of the Van Alstyne Public Library. It has been such a privilege to serve the citizens of this community and work with you to keep your library a place for education and fun. All of the library staff, Judy Kimzey, Aaron Emdy, Brenda Witcher, Lahiri Lefrancois, believe in life-long learning and make every effort to provide an environment at this library conducive to that goal. Thanks to the Library Board and Friends of the Library for all of your support in this endeavor as well.
My thanks must also go to Chief Tim Barnes, Chief Landon Smith, Steve White and Jennifer Gould for being a great team of department managers who want what is best for the citizens of Van Alstyne. There is an endless amount of work to be done and all of these people pull together daily to make it happen. Under the leadership of City Manager Frank Baker, a caring professional, Van Alstyne has a great chance for managed growth.
My successor should be in place in a few weeks. I am sure you will welcome her with open arms, as you did me more than three years ago.
Hope you will be seen around the Van Alstyne Public Library.