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Submitted Photos  The Friends of the Library car show was a big hit on Saturday, as was Monday morning's program, Decorate Your Own Fun Bucket.
Submitted Photos The Friends of the Library car show was a big hit on Saturday, as was Monday morning's program, Decorate Your Own Fun Bucket.
Submitted Photos  The Friends of the Library car show was a big hit on Saturday, as was Monday morning's program, Decorate Your Own Fun Bucket.
Submitted Photos The Friends of the Library car show was a big hit on Saturday, as was Monday morning's program, Decorate Your Own Fun Bucket.

I hope you were able to come out for the Friends of the Library annual car show last weekend. There were more than 30 entries this year. There were entries in multiple categories, but the big winners were:

— Best of Show Car – 1938 Pontiac Coupe – owner: Gene Hair of Allen

— Best of Show Truck and Mayor’s Choice – 1948 Chevrolet 5-window pick up – owners: James & Shirley Melton of Howe

Monday morning’s program this week was Decorate Your Own Fun Bucket! More than 50 young patrons were here employing stickers, pom-poms, glue, paint, jewels and ribbon to personalize a summer bucket. Thank you Teen Council members Donovan Comstock, Eli Bresnahan and Quinncy Crowell for helping with this event.

Next Monday we will be visited by the Mad Scientist. It looks like we will drive on newly resurfaced roads to approach our parking lot. Thank you for your patience as the city and county work to improve your driving experience. We all know these roads need the work.

When I opened the Dallas Morning News this weekend the Parade insert caught my eye. Did you see it? Actor LeVar Burton is on the cover. The article is about his PBS program Reading Rainbow, which aired June 1983 – November 2006 and his efforts to remake it for the digital generation. Please know that I am not writing about this to promote his for-profit entity. However, I am excited about any program that continues to help children find an interest in reading. Here are a few of the reading tips for parents offered by Mr. Burton in connection with this article.

• Let your child choose what interests them, even if it’s just comic books or magazines.

• Incorporate technology – if they prefer a tablet or e-reader try to get them access to one.

• Explore your local library – having a library card is a step in responsibility, as is borrowing books, taking care of them, and returning them on time.

• Lead by example – don’t just read to your kids, read in front of your kids. Let them see you reading for pleasure.

• Practice the “Daily 20” – research shows that reading just 20 minutes a day can prevent a child from losing literacy skills. Try turning off the tv and having family read time.

We are continuing registration for Tween Book Club. Meetings for that group begin July 17.

Our Adult Summer Reading Contest winner is Beverly Ingram. Congratulations! Everyone else, keep reading and completing the book review form so you will have a chance to win.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.