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Great books for kids

One of the challenges for a children's librarian is picking and choosing what to add to the library collection and what must go to make room for the new items.
In our library, we have a relatively small room for children's books, and many people have strong preferences for what they want to see on the shelves. We would never get rid of Harry Potter or Dr. Seuss, for example. But we also want to add new works that could have great and lasting appeal, as well.
And there are a lot of new, good children's books being published today. Consider this list of award winners announced just this morning.

Check it out

Now, more than ever, it's important for citizens to be aware of all the disinformation that's out there on the internet.
"Fake news" is a new term for an old problem: propaganda, mainly.
Joseph Goebels was a champ at the Big Lie and the creation of false realities. He was successful; check out Hitler's Germany and the war on Jews.
No one today is quite that successful. But, they're giving it a good shot.
That's why we put together the Fake News check-it-out guide below this blog on our web page.
There you will find a variety of resources to make sure you aren't fooled by people selling today's Big Lies.
If you decide to go to just one place, bookmark PolitiFact.com.

Most popular?

I think Wimberley must be a little out of sync with other cities in terms of popular books to check out of the library.
I was looking over the list of books that were checked out the most number of times from New York libraries, and almost without exception those books were the ones at the top of the NYT best-seller list. So, you'd find John Grisham and Tom Clancy and James Patterson at the top of the fiction list, and O'Reilly and Vance and Megyn Kelly at the top in nonfiction.
Here at the Wimberley library, this is the rundown:

Fiction:  Off the Grid by CJ Box (17 circulations)

                Badlands by CJ Box (16 circulations)

Non fiction:  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (24 circs)

                          On My Own by Diane Rehm (18 circs)

The winners are ...

Our third annual film festival was conducted Saturday night, and we had a great crowd of people from Wimberley and throughout Texas.
The winners were named after 20 movies, all under seven minutes in length, were shown. Here are the winners:

Best Film: "Game Night" by Joel Fendelman

People's Choice Move of the Year: "The Warrior Within" by Jacob White

Awards in the 17 and Under age group:

Best Director: Brett Boon for "Prom?"

Best Performing Ensemble: Coleson, Ian, Sage, Don and Denise Summers

Best Documentary: "The Heidelberg Project" by Adam Gorny

Honorable Mentions: "Burrito Boyz" by Danny Tran; and "Sea of Stories" by Azure Allen

Awards in the 18 and Over age group:

Best Director: Madeline Smith for "On Air"

Best Script: "Soulmates" by Matt Rifley

Best Horror Movie: "Shadows From the Past" by Hannah Kroff

Honorable Mention: "Wimberley: An Arts Community" by Don and Ian Summers; and "The Opera Singer" by Steve Kahn

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.
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