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And the finalists are ...

The deadlines have passed and we have selected the finalist movies that will be shown at our third annual Wimberley Film Festival this weekend.
The festival is at 6 p.m. Saturday at the EmilyAnn Theater in Wimberley, and all are invited. There is no charge for admission.
We will be showing 18 movies in two categories, those made by adults 18 and older and folks 17 and younger.
Several of the movies are made by area directors, but most of them come from artists throughout the United States, so this is truly a film festival with a widening scope and broader interests.
I know that 18 movies sounds like a lot to screen in an evening, but it really isn't. The longest movie is 7 minutes, and most are much shorter than that.
While the judging goes on, we will have entertainment provided by The Traveling Murphys of Houston. They were a huge hit for us last year.

On Fleek

Take a look at that phrase: On Fleek.
If you have never heard that phrase, you're in good company, as far as I'm concerned. I never heard of it, either.
One measure of how far out of the loop you are is how many words that are now officially banished you didn't really know had popular currency to begin with.
Like On Fleek.
Or Bete Noire.
These phrases and many others are on the official list of banished words issued just last week by the Lake Superior State University. People there have been compiling lists of words or phrases that ought to be chased out of English for some years now.
The full or complete list put together since 1976 now has 879 words or phrases on it.
I like this idea.
You can check out the complete list at lssu.edu/admissions.

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.

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.

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.
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