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Van Alstyne Library News & Notes

Submitted Photo CosPlay contestants
Submitted Photo CosPlay contestants
Submitted Photo  Rice eating contest
Submitted Photo Rice eating contest

Are you ready for breakfast? Get up early and head for the Community Center this Saturday for a great breakfast cooked and served by the Friends of the Library. Then head out to help Keep Van Alstyne Beautiful clean up our city.

Teen Council’s Anime Convention brought a crowd to the library for food, competition and movies. The winners are:

Rice Eating Contest – Aaron Emdy

Best Bought Costume – Caitlin Griscot

Best Homemade Costume – Katie Crouch

Best Overall Costume – Ian Emdy

A fantastic summer at your library begins on Monday, June 9 with entertainment by Puppeteer Sandy Shrout. Sandy has been performing for young audiences in schools, libraries, and theater for many years. The show starts at 10:30 but our doors open at 10:00. Get in early to register your child for summer reading and pick out some books to start reading.

Technology has come such a long way in public libraries. This is largely due to a philanthropic initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program, launched in 1997 under the auspices of the Gates Library Foundation, led to the installation of free computers in libraries across the United States and Canada. It was an effort to help libraries move forward into the blossoming digital age and bridge the digital divide of those who could not afford a home computer or home internet service. For most public libraries, their “Gates computer” was their first and only public computer.

The importance of computers and internet service in public libraries has continued to grow as the job market, public assistance agencies, medical organizations, and suppliers of research for formal education, lean more and more on this method of delivery. Over the years, other foundations and corporations have taken libraries to the next level by providing free or reduced rates for products and services. In our own library, we received a donation of upgraded computers and internet service last year from JetPay Corporation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation expanded its digital assistance to libraries worldwide. But the beginning of the end has arrived. The Foundation announced in May that it will end its Global Library Program over the next three to five years. We never like to see an organization withdraw its financial support from libraries, but we are certainly thankful for their years of generosity.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.