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As we ended 2013 it was common for retrospectives to appear on various television shows. I start thinking about our past at this time of year as I begin work on the annual report for the Texas State Library. I complete the report with lots of facts and figures each year so we can maintain our accreditation. Let me share a few of these numbers with you for FY2013 (October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013.)

— 17,484 visitors came through our front door

— Some were attending one of the 95 children’s programs, the 27 programs for teenagers, or the 21 programs for adults.

— These visitors borrowed 36,268 items.

— Volunteers helped with programming and shelving for 1000+ hours.

We look forward to continuing to serve your informational and reading needs.

January 23 is our next great program for adults. Join us at 6 p.m. that Thursday for Finding Money at the Library. We’ll introduce you to some of our resources for helping you save or find money you did not know you could access. Money for groceries, dining out, education, or just plain cash you did not know you owned.

Karen Oliver, our Children’s Specialist, has made her selection for our next Tween Book Club. They will be reading The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt (c.2013, Atheneum Books for Young Readers). This story is a National Book Award finalist and has received great reviews.

* “This delicious, richly detailed story is told in 104 short chapters, which swing the plot beautifully from one thread to the next and keep the action moving. Appelt’s omniscient third-person narration exudes folksy, homespun warmth while also feeling fresh and funny. A satisfying romp.” (Booklist, Starred Review)

* “In a honeyed dialect, the omnipresent narrator directly engages readers, ricocheting between the hilarious human and critter dramas to a riotous finale. A rollicking, ripping tall tale with ecological subtext.” (Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review)

The group will start their meetings and introduce the book on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. If you have a child who is 10-12 years old they are invited to join this club. We have ordered six copies of the book for our collection. You might also check your child’s school library for a copy.

New books on our shelves include these:

— Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas

— High Wild Desert by Ralph Cotton

— Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

— The Road to Welville by T. C. Boyle (this is our Third Monday Book Club’s choice for April)

— The Best American Poetry of 2013 edited by David Lehman

— David and Goliath: underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants by Malcolm Galdwell

— The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly

— Innocence by Dean R. Koontz

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.