April 2018

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Hello readers! Hello spring! Hello bipolar weather. Sheesh, even after 10 years, this Yankee still isn’t used to this Texas weather. To simultaneously have sweaters and tank tops in my closet is one thing, but to wear them both within a 24-hour period?! This wasn’t what I learned in science. Is nothing sacred, is nothing certain?

I may not know weather, but there is one thing I DO know with certainty. I run colder than the average “hooman”. I know you think I wear these sweaters and cardigans just to keep up appearances. No. I’m legitimately freezing, y’all. Unless it’s 80 degrees or more, I’m gonna be wearing long sleeves. And layers. I’ve tried, really I have. I’ll look around and see you wearing your t-shirts and capris and I think to myself, “I can do this, it’s not that cold. You should be ashamed of yourself, Desarae, you were born in the land of snow and ice! By golly you can buck up and lose the layers!” So, one day when the forecast looked particularly promising, I left my trusty stand-by sweater at home.  Hours later as I stood in the library door way soaking up the sunshine puddle at my feet and leaning up against the warm metal door for dear life, I realized that was a mistake. You think I exaggerate. I promise you, I’m not embellishing. I’m the one that wears fingerless gloves in the office during the winter. I’m the one that still, this month, will sit in her car on lunch break with the heater blasting and her metal earrings burning the side of her neck and yet be completely comfortable. Who cares if I look like an Eskimo that Scotty mistakenly beamed from in from Canada, I’ve decided I’m going to be warm. You can have your cute t-shirts, I’ll keep my trusty sweater, thank you. To quote my new favorite musical, “I make no apologies, this is me!”

Despite this frosty librarian, I can report that things are heating up here at the library!  Plans are in full swing for upcoming spring programs for our students, including Star Wars day on May 4th, Kinder Kamp Out, Day at the Drive In for 1st graders, and STEM Day for 2nd graders, and most especially for our Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock” with a musical focus that I just love! We will be running our program June through mid-July, so parents be watching for sign up sheets coming home with your kids during the next few weeks. Also in the works, we hope soon to be able to offer an outdoor book drop for after hours and weekend returns! I’m super excited about this and can’t wait to get it installed for you. We will also be reworking out large print section by adding spine labels that will specify what genre a book falls into. If you are at all familiar with our large print section, you know that our large print books are all mixed together, fiction and nonfiction, Christian and sci-fi, mystery and romance. By adding labels for nonfiction, mystery, Christian, romance, and western will make it much easier for our patrons to find what they are looking for. There are always improvements to be made, and we are excited about these little ones that improve your experience here at the library. I have a few other ideas and plans in the works, but for now I’ll just let them simmer. Maybe they will keep me warm. Until next month, be blessed and remember we have Story Time for the little ones every Thursday at 10 and Book Club is now meeting the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 11:45. See you then!

Desarae Phipps

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