TAG! You’re it! The library has started up an all new group for teens called the Teen Advisory Group (or just TAG for short). We are calling all teens between the ages of 13-18 who want to make your voice heard and make a difference at your library. We need your help selecting new books, planning programs for other teens, and letting us know what you are, or are not, into. Not only can you earn volunteer hours, but it also looks amazing on your college applications! Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month at 5 pm in the Teen Room (the next meeting is February 13th). You should stop by and check it out. What have you got to lose?
Monthly Archives: January 2014
It has been my absolute pleasure and honor, as Adult Services Librarian, to host the Main Street Book Club for the past 2 1/2 years. Our meetings are always interesting and full of wonderful insights into a variety of literature. (Plus, there’s usually some really great food at the end). If it were up to me, we’d meet every week. In fact, I enjoy our book club so much, that I asked our Director if I could perhaps try a second book club at the Library. We did a survey of library patrons in the months of October and November and discovered that people were indeed supportive of another book club, specifically one focusing on non-fiction.
So, it is with great excitement that we announce the addition of this new book club. We will be meeting on the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room. Our first meeting is scheduled for February 6th, when we’ll be discussing The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. This fascinating book explores two stories that take place side-by-side in Chicago in 1893: the World’s Fair and a series of disturbing disappearances. Larson very successfully highlights the differences between men whose sold end is to create and those whose object is to destroy. The juxtaposition between light and dark is ever-present throughout the book. It’s non-fiction, but it reads like fiction, because, as the Chicago Sun-Times put it, “Larson is a historian with a novelist’s soul.”
Have no fear, though! The addition of a second book club should in no way affect our current book club. The Main Street Book Club will continue to meet the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. to discuss a wide variety of books (our next book is Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo). You are absolutely encouraged to attend both!
Posted by Library Director, Curren McLane:
In 2008 the Azle Library joined forces with the other libraries in Parker County (Weatherford Public Library, Springtown Public Library, and East Parker County Library) in order to provide better library services to the entire county/area. The consortium was named the Parker County Library Association (PCLA). A grant, issued by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, provided the funds needed to combine the libraries’ electronic records. The result meant that patrons from any of the four libraries were able to use their library cards at the other PCLA locations. A courier service was also created in order to send books/movies/audiobooks between the libraries. Not wanting to miss out on excellent library services, in 2009 Millsap ISD opened a new elementary school with a library that was also open to the public. They officially joined PCLA the same year.
As PCLA enters the 6th year of cooperative library services, we are pleased to announce our newest member, the Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells. Now, you might be wondering why Mineral Wells is joining the Parker County Library Association since the city is located in Palo Pinto County. That’s an excellent point. Mineral Wells sits just past the Parker County line, and many residents of both counties utilize the libraries in Mineral Wells and Weatherford. It was a natural decision to share resources in order to better serve the needs of the municipal and rural communities. Best of all, the 40,000+ items located in at the Boyce Ditto Public Library are now accessible to all PCLA cardholders.
If you are ever visiting one of the other cities where the various PCLA libraries are located, we hope you still stop in to see their facilities and check out a few books (which can be returned at ANY PCLA location). The best part? It’s all FREE with your PLCA library card!
To find out more information, or to inquire about borrowing materials, please contact one of the PCLA libraries below:
- Azle Memorial Library: 817-444-7216
- Boyce Ditto Public Library: 940-328-7880
- East Parker County Library: 817-441-6545
- Millsap Elementary / Public Library: 940-682-3123
- Springtown Public Library: 817-523-5862
- Weatherford Public Library: 817-598-4150