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Free films! Free fun!

We'll have more than a dozen very short movies for you to see -- for free -- at our third annual film festival in Wimberley.
The festival and judging competition is at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Emily Ann Theater.
We'll have the films to see plus free refreshments and free entertainment -- The Traveling Murphys from Pearland, Texas.
No RSVP necessary. Just dress up (or not) and come to the festival.

Savings Part 2

The most faithful users of the library do save big money by borrowing rather than buying materials for entertainment and other purposes.
I noted how much they saved in the aggregate in ths space earlier.
Our top borrower of materials checked out 429 items in 2016 or much more than just one per day. He saved $10,365.
The second after him in terms of items borrowed took out 416 items and saved $6,344.
And third, the person checked out 404 items to save $10,516.
You could argue, of course, that if they had been forced to buy those materials they would have just taken a pass, and that might be so.
Still, thanks to the taxpayers they had a different and better option.

Help us plan

You may not have heard it, but the library district board is looking to expand the library.
Naturally, we're all very excited about that prospect.
Right now, we are in the process of gathering information to see how we might expand and where.
Bigger chldren's department? Science/maker lab? More movies? More computers? More public spaces?
Help us do this planning by send me an answer to this question:
"At the library, I wish we had ________.'
Send your response to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

You saved big-time

Every time a patron checks out materials from the library he or she is given a receipt.
That receipt includes the titles and authors and due date for the items.
It also includes an interesting bit of information that a lot of folks probably overlook: the running total of dollars saved up to that point in the year by checking out rather than buying the materials on the receipt.
We just ran a tally to show dollar amounts saved by patrons in 2016, and the top five circulating patrons saved more than $52,000 all by themselves. The patron who checked out the most materials saved more than $16,000. The second-place checker-outter saved $10,500, followed closely by No. 3.
I don't have a complete total for the year of the amount patrons saved because the year isn't over and that report hasn't been run yet.
I'll have that later, though. It will be a whole lot of money.

A nonfiction fave

Some of our library staffers favored nonfiction over fiction when naming their favorite books of 2016.
Among them was Juniper Schneider, who is an assistant librarian. Juniper said, when asked for his favorite work of the year, this:
" 'White Trash.'  It gives a 400-year history of the poor in America and the deliberate attempt to keep people in poverty and then blame it on them.  It’s a book every Republican ought to read."
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