Library closed for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.  The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,  was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in military service.  Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season while Labor Day marks its end. (
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Summer Reading registration is in progress! There is something for everyone this year, including adults and it’s all free. Just get registered and then read until your heart’s content. Don’t forget to log-in what you read or fill out your book rating forms so that you will be eligible for a medal or a gift card. The last day to register is June 21. Come join in all the fun!
This Friday, May 23,  is “Lucky Penny Day,” and we will be counting our water bottle of pennies to see how many children’s books that we can buy. We would like to thank everyone that participated by bringing in your pennies and loose change. May God bless you all for your generous giving!
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Family Movie Day at the Library is Friday, May 23, 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:
“Tilt,” by Ellen Hopkins – Witnessing the fallout from the poor choices their parents make and the lies adults tell themselves, three teens are clinging to the last remnants of the secure and familiar world in which they’ve grown up. However, the ground is shifting. What was once clear is now confused. Everything is tilting. Mikayla is sure she’s found the love her parents seem to have lost, unwilling to lie anymore about who the boy is, but finds herself struggling to keep it all under control in the face of first love and a horrific loss. Harley, a good girl just seeking new experiences, never expects to hurtle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.
“Ketchup Clouds,” by Annabel Pitcher – Zoe has an unconventional pen pal – Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. Then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell a story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other. Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe’s letters, but at least somebody will know her story – somebody who knows what it’s like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.
“How to Love,” by Katie Cotugno – Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. However, he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. Then, Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated – and pregnant – Reena behind. After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life – her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to life without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. Then, just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?
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Library Closing: The library will be closed on May 24-26 for Memorial Day.
Spring Library Hours: Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Have a great week!