Library celebrating 50 years with open house!

2014 will mark the Library’s 50th year in operation. From a tiny white, one-room building to a spacious, award-winning building in 2013, the library has grown with the community. Inside the library has progressed forward to provide more current reading materials; wireless internet service; ebooks; fax service; and community programs such as a monthly Movie Day. T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library has always been and will always be here for you, the community of Diboll. Celebrate with us at our Open House from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, as we begin our 50th anniversary celebration. Join us for refreshments and tell us your story about the library.

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Be a blessing in your community today! Several churches in Diboll are collecting toys for the underprivileged children in our town for Christmas. Operation Christmas Blessings is a good cause and the library is helping out by being a drop-off location for your donations. It’s quick and easy. Just buy a toy; then bring it to the library and drop it in the box marked Christmas Blessings. There is no greater gift that you can receive than the wonderful feeling that you get when you give to someone in need.

On Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., we will be showing a Christmas movie for the kids, and you can have your picture made with Santa. There will be one free bag of popcorn per guest and lemonade. Feel free to bring any snacks or drinks that you want to eat. Pictures with Santa will be a $4 charge; however, you are welcome to bring a camera and take your own photos. For more information call us at 936-829-5497.

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Join us for a celebration of Christmas goodwill and cheer at Adult Game Night on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. Bring your favorite game to play or play ours while you enjoy a homemade bowl of chili with all the fixings. For more information, call 936-829-5497.

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Hey young adults! You’re invited to the library’s Ugly Sweater Party for the sixth grade through college age group. The festivities will begin on Dec. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. You must wear the ugliest Christmas sweater that you can find or make because there will be a contest for the ugliest sweater. Join us for fun, games, and food.

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Family Movie Day at the Library is Friday, Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade will be available. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and drinks to add to your fun. You may also bring pillows and blankets and sit on the floor to watch the movie. Come bring the family and join in the fun! Our movie license will not allow us to publicize the movie title so please call us for more information at 936-829-5497. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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New Teen Books:

“The Selection,” by Kiera Cass – For thirty-five girls, the selection is the chance to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Mason. But for America Singer, being selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Mason. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

“13 Little Blue Envelopes,” by Maureen Johnson – Inside little blue envelope 1 are $1,000 and instructions to buy a plane ticket. In envelope 2 are directions to a specific London flat. The note in envelope 3 tells Ginny: Find a starving artist. Because of envelope 4, Ginny and her artist, a playwright/thief/bloke-about-town called Keith, go to Scotland together, with somewhat disastrous – though utterly romantic – results. Ginny isn’t sure she’ll see Keith again, and definitely doesn’t know what to think about him. Could the answer be in the envelopes? Ginny doesn’t know it, but adventures in Rome and Paris are in envelopes 6 and 8. The rules are that she has to open one at a time, in order, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that she discovers things about her life and love one by one. Everything about Ginny will change this summer, and it’s all because of the 13 little blue envelopes.

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Library closing: The library will be closed on Nov. 28-30 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Fall library hours: Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Have a great week!