Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Jam Packed Month

As I contemplate turning my calendar to April, I have to tell myself to take a deep breath.  See, for librarians, April is a big month.  It’s chock full of national celebrations, conferences, and holidays.  First up, there’s National Library Week, which runs from April 8th to the 14th.  This is a time when the country is encouraged to celebrate libraries and library staff.  This year the theme is “You Belong @ Your Library.”  And you do!  Because what or where would we be without the public?  You’re the very reason for our existence.  More details about how we’ll be celebrating this coming soon!

Then comes the annual Texas Library Association’s conference where thousands of librarians converge on a city (this year it’s Houston) and learn how to better practice their craft.  There are workshops, round table discussions, author luncheons, and a book cart drill team competition.  Yes, you heard that last bit correctly.  Check out this YouTube video if you don’t believe me.  And you thought librarians didn’t know how to get down!

Finally, this year, the Azle Memorial Library is celebrating Money Smart Week in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association.  We’ve got a slate of wonderful speakers for the week of April 23rd through the 28th, who will talk about a variety of topics, including couponing, improving your credit, planning for retirement, and debt management. 

And of course, we’ll be hosting our monthly movies, cooking class, and book club.  If you have any questions, please be sure to call us at 817-444-7216 or drop by the Information Desk.  As always, we’re happy for any suggestions you have about what you’d like to see us offering at your library.  Here’s to what’s sure to be a great month!

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Open Road Is Calling

I was getting gas today, and I had a flashback of one of the many road trips taken with my family over the years.  We would always make a stop at the gas station to fill up the tank of our rental car and grab some pretzels and red licorice.  Then we’d hit the open road.  This morning I had a sudden urge to do just that.  I’m not sure that there is a better feeling than the start of a road trip to a place you’ve never been before.

So, are you planning on taking a trip to a new destination this summer?  Perhaps you’re jetting off to Japan or Spain or Africa.  Maybe you’re staying more local, heading someplace like Las Vegas, New Orleans, or San Antonio.  Well, come in to the library because it’s a good bet that we have a new travel guide in our collection that will help you plan your next trip!  I personally plan on checking out our new guide for Austin.  We do have a three day weekend coming up, and I feel a sudden urge for Red Vines…

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Uncategorized


The Return of Don Draper

Have you seen the fabulous cover of the newest Newsweek?  The current issue is an homage to the return of the long-awaited season 5 of Mad Men.  It’s about time!  I don’t know how I’ve made it this long without the fedoras, ad agency antics, and the many 1960’s cultural references that I have to Google during commercial breaks.  It will be good to enter the world of Mad Men once more, where no one is ever quite happy or content (that may not sound like a lot of fun, but it is, trust me).  For Don Draper especially, there’s always a greener pasture somewhere else.  This is some of the best writing and acting on television right now, which is evidenced by the four Emmys they’ve won for Outstanding Drama Series.  Plus, the costumes and sets are just gorgeous.  Why did women stop wearing dresses, pearls, and high heels everyday?  I’ll never know.

The show returns for a two hour premiere Sunday, March 25th at 8:00 p.m. on AMC.  Here’s to hoping fedoras make a comeback, too…

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Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

The Main Street Book Club enjoyed Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games so much when they read it back in November that they wanted to finish out the trilogy this month.  If you’ve not heard of The Hunger Games, you clearly live under a rock.  Kidding!  I still can’t remember how I first heard about the series, but I do remember not leaving my room for several hours so I could finish the first book in one sitting.  I.Could.Not.Put.It.Down. For those of you still trying to hold out, don’t!  It’s not worth it.  Even my brother, who is famous for only reading non-fiction or legal thrillers, loved the series so much that he encouraged my sister-in-law to read it.  As in Twilight, you do get your choice of teams (I’m Team Peeta), but it’s about a lot more than teenage romance.  The stories made me think about self-preservation, good and evil, and sacrifice.  Did you read The Lottery back in high school?  The creepiness and sheer horror of the situations described in The Hunger Games trilogy are reminiscent of that classic by Shirley Jackson.  I highly encourage you to join us for what is sure to be a rousing book club discussion of Catching Fire and Mockingjay on Tuesday, March 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.  I also plan to test your knowledge of the books, so be prepared to vie for some good candy by answering a few trivia questions!

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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Uncategorized


A Raffle for a Good Cause

The Azle Library Trust is selling raffle tickets to raise funds for the Azle Memorial Library!  Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.  You can choose to make your ticket count to one of several prizes:  iPad 3G with cover, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, or X-Box 360.  Just stop by the library and ask for Curren or Meg.  The drawing will be held at the Library Gala on March 31st (tickets to attend the gala are $100).  You do not need to be present to win.

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Uncategorized


It’s Spring Break Time!

Are you looking for something fun to do this week?  Well, we’ve got something for the whole family!  Today at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room we’re holding our monthly What’s Cookin’ class for ages 7+.  Come learn how to prepare healthy after school snacks that kids of all ages will enjoy.  We’ll be sharing some nutrition tips with you, passing out recipes, and of course encouraging participants to make some of the snacks at the end so you can try them!  It’s sure to be a snackalicious time!

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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Uncategorized


A Classic Series

Who didn’t love the Berenstein Bears as a child?  I can still remember going to my local library to check them out and begging my parents to buy me my own copies.  I remember reading about the perils of eating too much junk food and not cleaning one’s room.  Looking at those covers brings me back to my childhood more than almost any other books.  I loved the beautiful illustrations and simple messages, why is perhaps why they’ve become such timeless classics and I can still appreciate them as an adult.

Mrs. Jan Berenstein, who created the series with her husband, died at the age of 88 this weekend.  This post is in honor of both of them and the lifetime of work they left behind.  The couple met during WWII, when he worked as a medical illustrator and she as a draftswoman for the Army Corps of Engineers.  They had two sons together, and it was their sons’ love of the Dr. Seuss books that prompted them to try writing and illustrating a children’s book of their own.  With input from Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) himself, they began working on the Berenstein Bears series.  They published more than 300 books over their career, making them responsible for teaching and reiterating good values to millions of children.  Their sons will carry on this tradition and have plans to publish 19 more books in the series this year.  It’s good to know the Berenstein Bears will stay alive for future generations.  There are always more lessons to be learned!

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

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