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Read, read, win

Like every other summer, this year we are handing out reading logs to all age groups to encourage everyone to check out more than one book before school starts.

We have logs for the youngest readers and also for adults.

Just come by, pick up a log, check out some books, then return the log and earn prizes.

Studies have shown that children "lose" information they learned in the spring term before the fall term starts. The stuff just leaks away because the brain isn't massaged for those long, hot weeks.

We are making it easier than ever for parents to help their kids keep pace with their peers between semesters.

We can help you apply

We're now helping flood victims get disaster assistance through the federal government's website.

We know a lot of folks who were flooded don't have computers or access to them, but we have a lot that are available.

The process is actually pretty simple. The site is well-designed and fairly intuitive, but, again, we're here to help.

If you come in to apply through the website, please bring specific date-of-birth information and Social Security numbers for all affected people in your family. Know about your insurance, too. And we'll need an email address so you can get notified. Likewise, you'll need to know your bank account number and a good address were FEMA can send you information.

The application process takes about 30 minutes.

Come on in.

Have flood-damaged materials?

Conservators and students from the University of Texas School of Information will present a workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at the library on how to save flood-damaged materials.

Anyone can attend; admission is free.

The workshop will teach people how to dry and clean water-damaged books, papers and photos so they can stabilize their own collections at home.

If you come, bring some examples of damaged items.

Pre-registration is required, and only 10 participants will be allowed.

Register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Wet photo information

A wonderful group of students from the University of Texas School of Information showed how to preserve and conserve water-damaged documents and photos during their workshop here at the library on Saturday.

We have received quite a collection of photos that are drying out on our tables and floors. We will be moving those things to the Katherine Ann Porter School today and tomorrow, because we just don't have space here.

We also have some good information on how to conserve your photos or documents. Just drop by and pick up a copy.

Thanks to the UT volunteers for their help with this project!

Flood damages

More and more photos and other items are coming into the library, thanks to people who plucked them from flood waters or found them in debris.

If you lost things in the flood, come by. We don't have much yet, but it might be worth looking.

We also just got information from the University of Texas people who restore damaged textiles and books, photos, etc., and they said don't toss your damaged goods yet. In fact, they suggested a first step toward salvaging would be to freeze them.

Flood victims are urged to contact the iSchool for advice on conservation at 512-903-9564 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Good luck!

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