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Submitted Photo  Preschool Olympics
Submitted Photo Preschool Olympics
Submitted Photo  Elementary Olympics
Submitted Photo Elementary Olympics

The Winter Olympics have our attention at the library right now, so our children’s programs are incorporating a little competition along with books and crafts to keep up that “Go USA” spirit. Even our littlest ones are having fun as you can see from the photos.

Last week I ran across an article about a new book by Thomas C. Corley. The book is entitled Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. (Langdon Street Press, c. 2010). One of the habits discussed in the book particularly caught my eye. Corley says “One of the eye-openers was discovering that 88 percent of the wealthy people I interviewed read 30 minutes or more each day for education or for career-related reasons versus 2 percent of poor people. I dug a little deeper and I found that 76 percent of the wealthy read two or more education-related, self-help related books each month and the poor didn’t. So there’s a lot of this emphasis on education, and reading, and self-improvement, improving the vocabulary.”

This is music to my ears. Our TexShare Databases can provide you with the tools you need to be part of this “wealthy reading” group. I would especially recommend the EBSCO Masterfile Premier Database. It includes articles from “More than 1,700 general reference, business, health, and education resources” as quoted from EBSCO. Pick a current topic and you can probably find an article there. This database is available to you 24/7 with a free library card. This is just one of the ways this library can help you improve your life.

Mark your calendars for 2 p.m. on March 22 when we will host a new local author with her first book. Janice Branch Tracy of Van Alstyne has written a true crime book, The Juke Joint King of the Mississippi Hills: the Raucous Reign of Tillman Branch. It is being published by The History Press and is expected to have a street date of March 11. Tillman Branch was part of a prosperous and well-respected family in Attala County, Miss who ultimately grew up to be a bootlegger and juke joint owner who “carried a gun and knew how to use it.” Janice will tell us about her research and the experience of writing her first book, read a portion of the book, and sign copies of the ones purchased at this special event. A portion of the proceeds of each book sold at the reading that day will go to the Friends of the Van Alstyne Library. Make plans now to join us.

Cold weather is a good time to stay inside and read. Choose one of these newest books on our shelves.

Rising Tides by Nora Roberts

Out the Summerhill Road by Jane Roberts Wood

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War by Robert Gates

Killer by Jonathan Kellerman

Lone Survivor: the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell

Mark of Evil by Tim LaHaye

Things the Matter: three decades of passions, pastimes, and politics by Charles Krauthammer

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