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Van Alstyne Library Happenings

In spite of the cold, many of you turned out for the Van Alstyne Christmas parade last Saturday. I hope you spotted the library’s float manned by Judy Kimzey and members of Teen Council. The theme was Christmas movies so from Rise of the Guardians (Dreamworks, 2012) there was Sandman inhabited by Kenneth Lewis, Tooth Fairy by Becca Franklin, Jack Frost by Donovan Comstock, and the Easter Bunny by Eli Haas. A big thank you also to Becca’s father, Ben Franklin, for providing a lot of assistance in putting the float together and pulling it with his truck.

The Texas Almanac 2014-15 has arrived. This reference work is published by the Texas State Historical Association and is full of all the facts you could need about our great state. Here are a few of the details.

— State population in 2012 = 26,059,203, making us second only to California as the most populous state in America. We also rank number two in these categories: fastest growing states, number of unauthorized immigrants, most live births, and highest birth rates.

— Largest City by population is Houston with 2,099,451

— Smallest population is in Loving County with a grand total of 71

— Per Capita Personal Income (2011) is $40,147

This book is also filled with photographs of various places across the state and reprints of some of the best art reflective of our state.

Third Monday Book Club met for our monthly lunch this week and discussed the book He’s Gone by Deb Caletti( 2013.) In this novel, Dani Keller wakes up one Sunday morning, with a wicked hangover and can’t find her husband. As the day progresses she realizes he really is missing. As the weeks go by Caletti flashes back through the years to give us Dani’s story, and you spend a lot to time speculating on where, why, and how he’s gone. Is he dead and, if so, did Dani kill him? She just can’t remember much about the night before. This is Deb Caletti’s first novel written for adults; she is well known as a young adult author. Next month’s book is The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (2011.) We will enjoy our brown bag lunch and discuss this book on Monday, Jan. 20.

Some of you may have heard of the damage caused to the Community Center by the ice storm. At this time the Community Center is expected to be out of order for several months. We are not sure if the Friends of the Library will have to cancel the monthly breakfast until the building is repaired, or if an alternate location can be found. Stay tuned for more information.

New e-books are in our collection:

The Cove by Ron Rash

The Gravedigger Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

The library will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25. Merry Christmas to all.

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