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Van Alstyne Library News & Notes

From the desk of Judy Kimzey: I found myself in the unusual position of advertising something on our most recent Gaming Tournament flier that I did not fully understand. The teens assured me that everyone that mattered would know what a LAN party for LOL was. Stumped? Yeah, me, too. LAN stands for Local Area Network. LOL in “game speak” stands for League of Legends. Put the two together and you have a table full of teens pecking furiously away on their own laptops. The Library provided the wi-fi, the teens their laptops and the League of Legends folks provided the servers on which heated battle took place. This was the first time Teen Council was able to add this attraction to our gaming tournament but it will not be the last as the table was full at all times. We are even considering offering a game night exclusively for the League of Legends players.

For LOL LAN and other games more than 50 teens filled the library with shouts of victory, music, and dance. Donovan Comstock, secretary of Teen Council, headed the committee and did a fantastic job of planning this complicated event. Congratulations go out to Rylan who won and immediately consumed a giant Hershey bar as the Naruto UNS3 tournament. Our apologies Rylan as we did not get your last name to include in this article. Sarah Morakaibian took the top position as Mario Kart Champion.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us in November for another fun and exciting Gaming Night at the Library.

Meanwhile, spring has arrived and that means outdoor activities, gardening, and standardized testing for the students. We have books to help you out with all of these tasks. Get sage advice on vegetable or flower gardening or how best to approach your landscape. Take up a new outdoor hobby or get ideas for family outdoor fun. Visit the library to be sure your student has a good book to read when they finish their test. We have many choices for all ages.

Regretfully I must inform you that our Children’s Library Specialist, Karen Oliver, has decided to return to being a stay-at-home mom. She has been a great asset to our library and we will miss her. If you know someone who has experience with children and libraries please direct them to our city’s website ( for a complete job description and application.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.