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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Why Should Kids Have All the Fun?

I know summer is a few weeks away, but when the weather hits 90 and I’ve made my first batch of lemonade in months, it seems to me spring is officially over.  And really, we’ve been thinking about summer since January because…drumroll please…we’ve been planning our first ever Adult Summer Reading Club!  That’s right, gone are the days when only kids and teenagers would be rewarded for reading.  The theme this year is “Master the Art of Reading.”  The club is open to adults ages 18+, and it starts June 5th.  You can come to the Information Desk to register and pick up a reading log.  Once you read 5 hours (you can read a book, magazine, the back of the cereal box, or listen to an audiobook), come back to the library with your log and receive a small prize.  Then, at 10 hours, you’ll be able to choose from our wonderful selection of paperback books.  At 15 hours, and every 5 hours after, you can enter your name in to a raffle of your choosing.  We’ve received some wonderful donations this year, so we’ve got some awesome prizes:  a Nook, Starbucks gift card, free massage, gas card, and so much more!  There is no limit on how many times you can enter your name in for the prizes, and we’ll announce the winners at our Finale Party on July 26th at 4:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

Plus, we’re planning some exciting adult art programs for June and July to go with our Adult Summer Reading Club theme!

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Who Knew Duct Tape Had So Many Uses…

I was scrolling through pinterest a few days ago, and I noticed a cute dress.  After I looked a little bit closer, I realized it was made entirely of duct tape!  Did you know that was possible?  I didn’t!  Well, here at the library we’ve had some fun exploring the many uses of duct tape in preparation for our Teen Duct Tape Craft: Stick It to the Man!  We wanted teens to be able to take part in our Money Smart Week activities, too, so we thought we’d make wallets out of duct tape.  I was naive and thought that the duct tape crafts stopped there.  Boy was I wrong.  It turns out you can make rings, ties, belts, aprons, and even shoes out of duct tape.  We’ll also be making some really cute rings and have some good treats.  So, if you’re between the ages of 12-18 (or know anyone who is), come to the Library Community Room Thursday, April 26th at 4:30 p.m. for some duct tape madness!

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

No Pulitzer This Year?

I know the Pulitzer doesn’t garner quite the attention other awards do, like, say, the Oscars.  There are no beautiful people walking down a red carpet.  There are no star studded televised events or after-show award parties lasting until dawn.  But I was still disappointed to read that there would not be a Pulitzer Prize for a fictional novel published in 2011.  Ann Patchett, a brilliant author herself, wrote an insightful article in the New York Times about this last week.  Apparently the review board could not reach a concensus on one of the three novels that were nominated:  Train Dreams by Denis Johnson, Swamplandia by Karen Russell, and The Pale King by David Foster Wallace.  It is a shame, because surely one of the novels published last year deserved fiction’s top prize.  I know I read several myself that would have been worthy of it:  The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, and of course Patchett’s own State of Wonder.  So, fellow readers, if you were on that review board, what book would you have demanded be given the Pulitzer?

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Get Some Money Smarts!

It is said that there are two things a person can’t escape – death and taxes.  Well, it’s tax time again, which is probably a good time to consider your personal finances.  Are there areas with which you are struggling?  Do you have questions about planning for your retirement?  Are you worried about getting out of debt or improving your credit?  Maybe you’re concerned about rising gas prices and looking for ways to cut back in other areas.  Well, you won’t want to miss Money Smart Week!  The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the American Library Association host a week at the end of April to focus on financial planning.  The Azle Memorial Library is joining with them this year and partnering with several local business and organizations to bring you a series of financial workshops taught by experts.  All events are free and will take place in the Library Community Room.  The complete schedule is below:

  • Extreme Couponing – Monday, April 23, 2012 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft – Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ 1:30 p.m.
  • Retirement Planning & Living – Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 1:00 p.m.
  • Teen Duct Tape Craft: Stick It to the Man – Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Debt Management & Retirement Planning – Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Improve Your Credit – Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 4:00 p.m.

 

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

New York During the Gilded Age

I actually watched Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of The Age of Innocence before I ever read the book.  I found it to be lovely and haunting, which made me want to read the book as soon as possible.  It isn’t a heartwarming, everyone-skips-off-into-the-sunset type of book, which is okay every once in a while.  Edith Wharton, much like Jane Austen, was a keen observer of societal conventions and their absurdities.  She has several wonderful one-liners to which we can all relate.  Here are two of my favorites:  “Americans want to get away from amusement even more quickly than they want to get to it” and “In reality they all lived in a kind of hieroglyphic world, where the real thing was never said or done or even thought, but only represented by a set of arbitrary signs.” 

The story centers around Newland Archer, who comes from one of the old, wealthy, established families in New York during the latter part of the 19th century.  Newland has been brought up to marry a woman from an equally old, wealthy, established family, spend time at his gentleman’s club, less time at the office, and attend the many operas, balls, and tennis parties thrown by his friends.  But will he be content doing that?  Will he eventually start to question the futility of a life spent in the pursuit of pleasure?  Those kinds of questions seem to become increasingly relevant with the arrival of his fiancee’s cousin, a woman seeing refuge from a cruel husband and who is seemingly immune to the demands of New York society.  I won’t spoil the ending for you, but now you’ve got to know how it ends, right?  You should probably come to the library and check it out!  And then be sure to join us at Book Club on Tuesday, April 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room to discuss.

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

You Belong @ Your Library!

It’s one of my favorite weeks of the year – National Library Week (NLW)!  This special week is dedicated to celebrating libraries and the people who work in them.  This year’s theme is “You Belong @ Your Library.”  We’re happy to be showcasing this event, along with the City of Azle (they gave us a really cool proclamation and honored NLW at City Council last week), and the American Library Association.  We’ll have a table in the foyer all week with posters and brochures for our upcoming events, free bookmarks, and “Love Your Library” buttons.  We’re also displaying several posters that the Azle Library Trust recently used at our gala and were kind enough to give to us.  These are pictures taken over the last year at our various programs and events.  So, we invite you to come to the library and learn more about the services and programs we’re offering to Azle!  Remember, you belong at your library, and it makes our job so much more rewarding and special when people participate in and support their local library.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Cooking for People in a Hurry

My mother is the cook in our family, but the preparation of Sunday dinner fell to my father.  He’d get up early and peel potatoes and carrots, which he would put in the Crock-Pot, along with a pot roast, to cook while we went to church.  We’d come back to this wonderful, rich aroma that filled our home.  If there’s a better smell, I don’t know what it is.  Whenever I go back to visit and my dad makes pot roast, I instantly feel like I’m ten years old again.  

Now that I’m living on my own, I bought my own Crock-Pot and use it every Sunday to make lunch for the rest of the week.  Crock-Pots make for quick, inexpensive meals that don’t require much preparation beforehand.  It’s often a matter of defrosting, maybe browning some meat, cutting up some vegetables, and throwing in some spices.  Because you can choose inexpensive cuts of meat (that wonderful slow cooking renders even the toughest side of beef melt-in-your-mouth tender), Crock-Pot meals are often cheap. 

We’ll be showing you how to make three fabulous, tried-and-true Crock-Pot meals this Monday, April 9th at 4:30 p.m. at our What’s Cookin’ class in the Library Community Room.  You don’t want to miss this one!

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

 
 
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