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History and a Movie at the Library

Two great events are coming up!

First is the “Catching Fire” movie release party. Teen Council, led by Judy Kimzey, is planning a fun night all “Hunger Games” related as this second movie based on the trilogy of books by Suzanne Collins, is scheduled to hit theaters this month. The party here will be November 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All ages are invited but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the evening.

Then November 23 join us to hear Texas State Historian Bill O’Neal speak about his experiences and sign copies of his new book about Van Alstyne. For every book he sells at this event he’ll donate $5 back to the Friends of the Library. Punch and baked goods will be served.

New books continue to arrive and one of those is the Guinness World Records 2014. Do you know what it takes to get in the book? First, really study this book so you can figure out which record you’d like to set. Then go to the company’s web site and use the application form. Be sure to tell them a lot about your planned efforts and get this application in about four weeks before you plan to attempt to set a record. If they like your idea they’ll contact you with the official guidelines. Use the guidelines to gather the evidence and send it to them. Then wait for the results. Most of us love trivia; that’s why game shows are so popular. Here are some of the facts revealed in this edition.

— The largest living cat is Hercules, an adult male liger at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Safari, measuring 10’11” in length and standing 4’1” at the shoulder and weighing 922 pounds.

— Jyoti Amge, of India, is the shortest living woman. She stands only 24.7 inches and is starting to act in Bollywood movies. She is shown in actual size in the book.

— Think you have a good memory? Try beating Johannes Mallow, a German memory athlete who memorized 132 of 140 fictitious historical dates.

— Twenty is the number of the most people crammed into a Smart Car. Yikes!

— Nancy Schubring of the good old USA holds the record for a woman running a half marathon while pushing a stroller. The time is 1 hour 30 minutes and 51 seconds. That record has stood since September 2001.

— Skateboarders take note – the longest full pipe in a skatepark is in the Louisville Extreme Park in KY. It measures 24 feet in diameter.

— The tallest Lego tower stood 106 feet 7 inches tall. It was built in Prague, Czech Republic and was topped off on September 9, 2012.

— “Gangnam Style” holds the top spot for the most viewed videos with a total of 1,598,585,367.

— I’ve never worn Chanel No. 5 but ever since the Brad Pitt commercial hit the airwaves I’ve certainly considered it. Turns out he’s the first male face of the perfume and drew the highest paid fee to an actor for an advertisement.

Come learn something new at the Van Alstyne Public Library.

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