Wednesday, December 23, 2009

What's Happening @ Little Elm Library

One thing that I always enjoy seeing around the holidays is lonely trees on the side of the road that have been decorated with garland and ornaments. I have seen two such sightings this year. One is on the right hand side by the bridge between the soccer building, before entering The Colony. The other is on the right hand side of the bridge when driving out of Lewisville on I-35 going across Lake Lewisville before you get into Lake Dallas. If you have seen any others, please share. Speaking of trees, we finally got our tree up this weekend. I guess this means I get to leave it up until the middle of January. I would like to know if anyone else has had a late start getting their tree up or have just decided not to have a tree at all this year.

One gift that lasts forever is the gift of reading. The Friends of the Little Elm Library and the Little Elm Public Library are partnering together to start Adult Basic Literacy Classes on Tuesday, January 5th. The classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30pm-8pm at the Little Elm Library and on Thursdays from 6:30pm-8pm at Button Memorial United Methodist Church. Call the library at 214-975-0430 for more information, class registration, or to volunteer to help. Registration is required to attend classes that are available for ages 18 and older.

I know that everyone is getting ready for the holiday so I will keep this brief by saying that our library staff wishes you and your family and friends a very safe and happy holiday. Remember that the library will be closed Thursday, December 24th through Sunday December 27th. So that you can plan ahead for your reading and listening pleasure, the library will be open Monday, December 28th and Wednesday, December 30th from 10am-5:30pm. On Tuesday, December 29th the hours will be 10am-8pm. The library will closed early on Thursday, December 31st at 6pm and will not reopen again until Monday, January 4th at 10am.

Stay tuned for next weeks update of all the exciting things coming up in January 2010. For more information about anything, call the library at 214-975-0430; email or visit the web site at

Monday, December 7, 2009

What's Happening @ Little Elm Public Library


How is the holiday decorating coming? Do you have a tree up yet? If you don’t are you going to put one up? Do you put any decorations on your door? My husband and I have partially decorated the patio. I love my net lights because all I have to do is drape them over the bushes and wha-la, instant lighting. One thing I wanted to do was give the illusion of a couple of trees on top of a snow capped mountain. I was able to do that by turning a tablecloth inside out and draping it in front of a book shelf and then wrapping single colored garland around a couple of tomato wire trellis’s to give them the appearance of looking like trees. They are on top of the white tablecloth covered bookshelf. The front door cover is on my back patio door and I am going to put a different door cover on our front door. We don’t have a tree yet but it is on the to do list as soon as we make some room in the apartment.

Make sure to save time for reading in between decorating. New bestsellers added this week include “Ford Country” by John Grisham; “It’s Your Time” by Joel Osteen; “The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy” by Bill Simmons; “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel; “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver; “Kindred in Death” by J.D. Robb; “Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drummond; “Simple Christmas” by Mike Huckabee; “Under the Dome” by Stephen King; “Ice” by Linda Howard; and “Divine Soul Mind Body Healing and Transmission System” by Zhi Gang Sha. A new audio bestseller added is “One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity” by Debbie Macomber.

If you like pancakes then you won’t want to miss the annual Little Elm Lions Pancake Breakfast with Santa held at Lakeside Junior High (400 Lobo Lane). The breakfast is on Saturday, December 12th from 7am until 11am. Adults are $6 and children ages 6 and under are $3. Pictures with Santa are $5.00 each. There will be homemade crafts and retail vendors on site as well. Tickets can also be pre-purchased at the Little Elm Library for $5. For more information, email or call 214-683-7840.

Santa is coming to visit the library on Wednesday, December 16th during the toddler time (ages 1-3) that starts at 10:15am and story time (ages 4-6) that starts at 11am. Make sure to bring your camera to catch the memorable moment.

Other events that are happening at the library include a visit from Delta Society certified therapy dog Maggie at the 10:30am family story time and the 1pm knitting club on Saturday, December 12th. On Thursday, December 17th, the Little Elm Writers Group meets at 6:30pm.

Library hours include Monday/Wednesday 10am-5:30pm; Tuesday/Thursday 10am-8pm; and Saturday 10am-3pm. If you need anything, please call the library at 214-975-0430 or email

Friday, November 6, 2009

What's Happening @ Little Elm Public Library

Little Elm Public Library newsletter
Visiting the granddaughter was a new, exciting, and learning experience. First I learned that flying for long periods of time makes me queasy. Second, boy babies are not the only ones who get the urge to go to the bathroom when their diapers are off. Third, babies are unpredictable. For example, I was planning on taking a picture of my granddaughter and I in our pumpkin outfits on Halloween. Well, she had other plans, like spitting up three times on the outfit. So we took the picture before I left. All in all, the trip was great. Everyone is doing well, my granddaughter is a beautiful, well behaved baby and my daughter is a fantastic mom. It really does pay to try to set a good example as a parent.

In Little Elm, the third annual Lakeshore Fall Clean-up is coming up. The Texas Waterway Cleanup Program is a joint effort between Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) and Keep Little Elm Beautiful (KLEB). The event will be held on Saturday, November 7th, at 9am. The location is the entrance of Johnny Broyle’s Nature Trail off of Lakeshore Dr. and Circle Dr. Bring hand protection. If you have any questions, please contact the Keep Little Elm Beautiful Committee at 972-740-6654.

After your morning cleanup on Saturday, November 7th, drop by the Little Elm Library and spend the rest of your day with us. At 10am, Credit Help USA will be presenting a free workshop (registration is required); Family Story time is at 10:30am; the children’s film festival is at 11am; Intro to Knitting Class is at 11am (a $10 registration fee is required); the up close and personal biography book club is at 12:30pm; the movie matinee, Toastmasters, and Crafter’s Guild is all at 1pm. Something for everyone.

Speaking of cleaning up, the One Bridge t-shirts are on sale just in time for early Christmas shopping or to wear during the Fall Clean-up. Shirts are two for five dollars. It’s a once in a lifetime deal for a one of a kind shirt. The sale ends November 19th and then they will be gone. This can also be a great stocking stuffer, literally.

Mark your calendar for all the events happening at the library on Saturday, November 14th. At 10am AARP will be presenting their Safe Driving program (fee and registration are required); 10am National Gaming Day; 10:30am Family Story time with Maggie the Dog certified through the Delta Society; 11am Holiday Craft fair; 11am Children’s film festival; and 1pm Saturday movie matinee.

Finish your day with a good book. Bestsellers added to the collection include True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy; The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell; Blood Game by Iris Johansen; A Touch of Dead by Charlaine Harris; Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman; The Professional by Robert B. Parker; and Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.

If you need to ask any questions or register for programs, give us a call at 214-975-0430; email; or visit our website at We look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

What's Happening @ Little Elm Public Library

Little Elm Public Library newsletter

By the time you read this I will be in Arizona with my new grandchild. My daughter tells me they are wearing shorts and short sleeved shirts. This means I should be able to travel light, except for all the stuff I bought for the baby. The trick will be to fit everything in a carry on that will not raise suspicion in an airport. Wish me luck.

Some library programs that I wanted to remind you about include the all age (0-3), (4-6), (7-12), (13-19), and (adult) costume contest on Thursday, October 29th that starts at 6:30pm sharp, so arrive early; you can trick our treat at the library on Saturday, October 31st between 10-3; lastly, remember that the fall reading club ends Saturday, October 31st.

An event that I learned of that you might be interested in is the Family Fun Fest that Celebration Covenant Church is holding on Friday, October 30th from 7pm-10pm. Admission is free but tickets are $1.00 each for food, rides, and bounce houses. The event is at 8500 Teel Parkway in Frisco. For more information about this event call 214-387-9833.

Bestsellers added this week include “High on Arrival” by Mackenzie Phillips; “Arguing with Idiots” by Glenn Beck; “Have a Little Faith” by Mitch Albom; “The Perfect Christmas” by Debbie Macomber; “Her Fearful Symmetry” by Audrey Niffenegger; “Rough Country” by John Sandford; and “The Professional” by Robert B. Parker.

If you have not dropped by the library to see the winning posters of the Little Elm Fire Departments 2009 Fire Prevention Week Poster contest, they will be on display through Saturday, November 7th. The theme for this year was “Stay Fire Smart”. Congratulations to first place winners Christian, Lauren, and Aubrey; second place winners Nickolas, Olivia, and Pamela; and third place winners Brianna, Jacob, and Sophia. Brian Roach, Little Elm Fire Marshal reminds everyone to “remember to do your part in preventing home fires.”

For more information about anything, call a library. You can reach the Little Elm library at 214-975-0430 or email We always look forward to seeing you.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What's Happening @ Little Elm Public Library?

I was able to talk to my grandchild the other day. Actually the conversation was a bit one sided since she was less than a week old. I was telling her how excited I was about coming to see her and all the fun we would have when I got there. I also told her that I was bringing some books to read to her and then she can keep them for her mom to read to her. That’s when she started to cry. I was not quite sure how to take that. But none the less, I still plan on reading to her. What are your favorite books to read to your children?

Speaking of reading, new bestsellers added this week include “An Echo in the Bone” by Diana Gabaldon; “The Professional” by Robert B. Parker and “The Year of the Flood” by Margaret Atwood. I am currently listening to “Look Again” by Lisa Scottoline about a mother who unknowingly adopts a kidnapped child. Good story so far.

Reading is for all ages and this week October 18th -24th is Teen Read Week. This year’s theme is Read Beyond Reality @ Your Library, which encourages teens and tweens to read beyond this world, for the fun of it. But wait, there is more! We are also part of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge held from October 19th 2009 through January 19th, 2010. The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is sponsored by YALSA and World Wrestling Entertainment. According to the American Library Association website “It is a program designed to encourage teens and tweens to continue their reading beyond Teen Read Week; by doing so, they can win prizes donated by WWE.” All teens and tweens have to do is read a combined total of ten books, graphic novels, and magazines and design a bookmark around a slogan that promotes reading. Reading logs and bookmark forms can be picked up at the library.

If you are looking for an early Halloween event for children, on Sunday, October 25th between 6pm-8pm, Alter Church of Frisco is holding Kandy Kraze. According to the flyer, there will be 1,000’s of pieces of candy and loads of fun for kids up to 12 years old. Alter Church is located at 9195 Preston (just north of Main in Frisco). If you know of other events, send us an email to

Plan your time for next week too! There will be a costume contest for all ages at the library on Thursday, October 29th at 6:30pm sharp. The age categories range from infants to adult so dress up in your finest or freakyish to strut your stuff at the Little Elm library costume contest. Make sure to show up earlier than 6:30 so we can have time to get you where you need to be for the contest.

For more information about anything, contact the library at 214-975-0430; email or visit the website at Follow our blog at If you follow the blog you can also go through my learning experiences of web 2.0 tools. At the blog page you can also sign up to become a fan of the library on Facebook. Just click on become a fan, then type in your sign in information for Facebook.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Method #12 Reflection and Evaluation

*First off, I enjoy the "in plain English" videos. Lee Lefever does a great job. Maybe my favorite discovery in this program was finding some good groups to join in the social networking lesson. It is very important to try and learn something new on a daily basis in order to provide the best service possible. My favorite exercise was YouTube. I can see how patrons can sit in the library all day watching them. *TSLAC's A Dozen Ways to Two Step program has enhanced what I learned during the North Texas 23 things program. I have set up accounts for the library in many of these applications and this learning experience will be helpful as we set up our virtual library in the future. *One takeaway from this program that surprised me was the number of social networking sites. I had no idea how many there were. I am thinking about ways to explore marketing our library and libraries in the international market through an international social networking site. * The way this program is put together is very good. Please keep the "in plain English" videos. One improvement would be to introduce the next level of 2.0. New sites that people probably have not heard of so that libraries can be ahead of the game with new concepts. *I would definitely participate in another program. Thank you for providing this opportunity and the CE credits.

Method #11 With Podcasting You Can Talk Anywhere

For this exercise I looked at a couple of podcasting directories. The first directory was the list of podcasting libraries in which I listened to two podcasts. Under Booktalks Quick and Simple, I listened to Todays podcast 10/14/09 that discussed Uncle Sam's America. They were right, it was quick and simple. One thing that I did like about the site was that I also learned about which looks like something I would like to learn more about and use with our library. I also listened to the Pro/con Presentation for May 19th Election podcast on the Sunnyvale Public Library site. It sounded like a taped meeting. The next directory I looked into was I looked at the topics on the sidebar and chose kids and families where I listened to the parenting my teen show #48 where they discussed "sexting". I liked the way the speaker gave good teaser info in between general and show topics. For example, gave teaser info about the topic being hot, then went into general information about the show (when they broadcast type of things), then mentioned the topic "sexting", then went into a commercial, and then went into the show itself. My goal has been to podcast my weekly library newsletter and I am working towards that goal.