“Memorial Day was officially proclaimed May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every state on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three-day weekend for federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: Jan. 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.”(Source: http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html)
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It’s summer fun for the whole family! Join one of our Summer Reading Clubs for children, teens, and adults for a fun-filled summer. Registration is now through June 15. You will read books that you like; attend fun and educational events; and get rewarded for your efforts. Events include: a Kick-Off Party complete with games and Blue Bell ice cream; a Hunger Games Party; a Rocks & Minerals Show; Daryl Sprout with his 17 different snakes; Geocaching with Aaron Friar; Julian Franklin’s Simple Machines Show; Archeologist, George Avery; a Lufkin Zoo presentation with animals; Movie Days; Teen Craft Day; a Water Slide; Teen Movie Day; David McCullough with balloons and magic; and awards parties for all three groups. It’s fun and, it’s all free. Don’t get bored this summer; come to the Library and join in the excitement!
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Enter the third annual Cookie Baking Contest at your library. Registration ends June 3. Entry forms may be picked up at the library or submitted on the library’s web site at www.tlltemplememoriallibrary.org. All forms must be submitted or returned to the library on or before 5 p.m. June 3. The contest is open to all men, women, young adults, and junior bakers who live and work in the surrounding areas. Baking divisions are: Junior bakers ages 6-11; Young adult bakers 12-17; and Senior bakers 18 and over. Commercial, industrial, and professional bakers are not eligible to enter. No boxed, packaged, frozen or commercially-made cookie dough may be used. Judging will take place on Thursday, June 6. All of the extra cookies will be used as part of the refreshments for the Children’s Summer Reading Club 2013.
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Do you crochet, knit, or do any kind of portable craft? Join us for “Tangled Threads” on Tuesday, June 11, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bring your own project to work on while you chat and share tips with each other.
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Help your community while you enjoy fun for the whole family at Movie Day at the library on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m. Our theme is hunger, so we are asking you to bring one canned meat (spam, tuna, salmon, chicken, etc) per family for admission to be donated to Diboll Christian Outreach. Popcorn 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 Large Print Books:
“Firefly Island,” by Lisa Wingate – Mallory Hale’s life quickly veers off course when she falls hopelessly in love with Daniel Everson and his little boy, Nick. After a whirlwind romance, Mallory finds herself leaving the bustle and action of Capitol Hill for the remote town of Moses Lake, Texas – with husband, stepson, and U-Haul in tow. A sweet, mishap-filled journey into marriage, motherhood, and ranch living ensues, and Mallory is filled with both the wonderment of love and the insecurities of change. What she can’t shake is the unease she feels around her husband’s new boss, Jack West. Jack’s presence – and his mysterious past – set her on edge. When hints of a scandal emerge, Mallory finds herself seeking answers and she comes to realize that the middle-of-nowhere home she wasn’t sure she wanted is the very place she’ll risk everything to save.
“The Two Medicine River,” by Richard S. Wheeler – Down the Eastern slopes of the Rockies, out upon the Great Plains, and into the heart of Blackfoot country flows the Two Medicine River. To This wild and beautiful land come a pair of young wanders – half-breeds born of two worlds, but belonging to neither. Marie Therese de Paris, driven by the ancestral fires in her spirit, sets out on a vision quest. She is hoping to save the Blackfoot Indians from their cruel fate. Peter Kipp, bold and ambitious, chooses to follow his father into the American Fur Company, determined to prove himself in the white man’s world. Bound by love and torn by their loyalties, Peter and Marie Therese share a single destiny – a destiny about to unfold on the banks of the Two Medicine River.
Library Closing: The Library will be closed May 25 – May 27 for Memorial Day. Beginning June 3 the Library will close at 5:30 every weekday through the summer.
Summer Library Hours: Monday 9:00-5:30 p.m.; Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Have a great week!