First reptiles, and then singing cowboys

On Tuesday, the Austin Reptile show came to the library, and the kids were impressed by all the critters that showed up just for them to see and, in some cases, handle. Tuesdays are for Hands-on Fun at the library. They are for children ages 5-8, and they are all at...

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Getting closer to a rebuilt go-kart

A good group of hard-working teens showed up again Saturday afternoon to continue work on our go-kart. We're rebuilding most of it, and have selected colors for painting, the process for which began at the most recent session. Meanwhile, work also continued on the...

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Teen project really up and go-ing

Nearly a dozen teens are well into the breakdown and rebuild of a go-kart, a project of the library that started right when school let out for the summer. The group meets on Saturday afternoons to work on the go-kart, which will be rebuilt so it runs and moves and has...

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The science wizard appears!

More than 100 children, teens, parents and grandparents were awe-struck this morning by the experiments performed during the Daniel G. Benes Science Show at the library. The Science Show was in its third appearance at the library in as many years and is a favorite....

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Just one reason to love your library

The most fundamental reason to love public libraries is because they are absolutely essential to a democracy. They are foundational. They support literacy where literacy might otherwise not be possible. A new report cited by Five-Thirty-Eight bloggers this morning:...

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Double-check those “facts”

David Byrne is a teacher's teacher, and I was fortunate to hear his presentation at this year's Texas Library Association conference in Austin. David regularly sends out a newsletter that is directed primarily at teachers, but I have found his advice and the websites...

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Wednesdays turn wacky!

Yep, Wacky Wednesdays are Back! Kids of all ages can come to the library at 10:30 on Wednesday mornings through July 31 and have fun, sometimes boisterous, experiences with performers such as magicians, singers, clowns, actors and more. The first Wacky Wednesday was...

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Wheeling with Legos

A whole roomful of young folks gathered in the multi-purpose room of the library Tuesday morning for a class on how to build cars out of Legos. PlayWell Legos were popular with these pre-teens. They will have many more opportunities this summer for similar experiences...

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Summer reading program is off and running

Hundreds of kids came to the library Wednesday for the kickoff to our summer reading program for children and young adults. The day's activities included horseback rides and free refreshments. For the next two months, Wacky Wednesdays will feature some of the best...

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A little book learning goes a long way

Has the reading of a single book ever changed your life? Has it changed your life AND the lives of your neighbors? I have been reviewing material this morning posted by Urban Intellectuals about William Kamkwamba of Malawi. When William was 14 he had to drop out of...

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