Wednesday, July 10, 2013

7th Inning Stretch for Summer Reading Club

July 13th is the last day to turn in Reading Logs!

Remaining Teen Events 
Thursdays @ 4:30 pm
  • July 11th create Canvas Art
  • July 18th Dance Yoga (yoga  mat optional)   
        Thursday @ 7-10 pm
  •  July 25th Teen Reading Club Wrap-up Lock-In

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fun Workshops @ your Library

Our library is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated staff. Today, two of our staff members shared some of their knowledge with our library patrons.

Paper Airplane Workshop with Daniel
Parents and children participating in our paper airplane workshop learned the parts of a paper airplane and important factors to consider when making a paper airplane. With great presentation aids, Daniel was able to teach our participants some simple and complicated paper airplanes. He stressed the importance of careful folding and symmetry. No fancy materials were needed but a plain sheet of white copier paper.

Metal Embossing/Repujado with Carol
New this summer, our metal embossing/repujado workshop gave adults an opportunity to learn a new technique.  Everyone can be an artist using this technique. Some mentioned it was quite relaxing and meditative.  Metal embossing creates a design on a metal sheet by creating a raised effect on the opposite side.


Friday, June 7, 2013

NEW - FREE Movie Fridays @ 3pm

Plenty of our patrons have been asking if we will continue showing movies at our library this summer. The answer is YES! We have changed our free movie matinees from every Saturday to every Friday @ 3pm.  So, escape the heat and join us for a free movie and popcorn at the library.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Poetry Reading @ your library

Patrons were treated to a special event on Thursday, April 11th, to celebrate April as National Poetry Month.  Members of the Tumblewords Project presented patrons with their original work. They read from their published books to a poem composed on the way to the library. Our poetry readers were the following: Gene Keller, Julia Quintanar, Leslie Council and Robin Scofield.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Ready to Read Celebrates Poetry Month with Nursery Rhyme

Not only was letter V the theme of our Ready to Read Family Storytime but Humpty Dumpty also had a starring role. To celebrate April as National Poetry Month, our children's Ready to Read programs are incorporating poetry in our activities.

This past Saturday, after reading a couple stories and activities inspired by the letter V, our student volunteer from Montwood High School presented the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme. Nursery rhymes teach children how language works, builds their vocabulary and memory.

The nursery rhyme was brought to life with the beautiful felt board figures created by our staff member, Daniel. Parents and children accompanied our volunteer with their own Humpty Dumpty puppet. Afterwards, children demonstrated their mastery of the nursery rhyme by putting in order images of the Humpty Dumpty story. Some children proudly posted their work in our children's area!

Join us this week for another opportunity to share poetry with other parents and children.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Celebrations @ your Library

Our Ready to Read programs celebrated Easter this past week with an egg hunt, cookies and refreshments, and fun activities.  Easter basket prizes and any other supplies needed for our celebrations were funded by our generous Friends of the Irving Schwartz Library. Also, we would like to recognize the help of students from Montwood High School at our Family Storytime. Thank you! Take a look at the pics below of our Easter themed storytimes.

Babies and Books Storytime @ 11am Tuesdays
(Birth - 18 months)

Easter Basket Winner - Caitlin Gawason 

Egg Hunt in our Meeting Room.

Preschool Storytime @ 11am Wednesdays (3 - 5 years)

Easter Basket Winner - Ashley Chaffin

Easter Egg Hunt in our Children's Area.

Family Storytime @ 11am Saturdays 
(All ages and the young at heart!)

Easter Basket Winner - Amy Isabel Mena

Egg Hunt in our Children's Area.

Animals balloons with Aimee Camp.

Children play a game of "Where are You Baby Chick?" and pick prizes from baskets.

Children learn to make paper flowers.

Children receive Easter stickers and a Bunny Mask @ the Check-out Counter.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Congressman Beto O'Rourke Representative @ your Library

..Come to your library to visit with District Representative, Esteban Terrazas, M.A., from the office of Congressman Beto O'Rourke. He's here to listen to your concerns and answer your questions.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Books to Movies April 2013

A veteran soldier is shipped to a far-off planet where he is assigned to destroy the planet's native race.

Based OnOblivion by Arvid Nelson
Release Date: 19 April 2013
Starring: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo

A former activist goes on the run to evade a journalist who has uncovered his real identity.

Based On: The Company You Keep by Neil Gordon
Release Date: 5 April 2013 

Starring: Robert Redford, Shia Labeouf

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Your Library is an Energy Challenge Winner!

Last week, your library was awarded First Place in the 2012 Library Energy Challenge. For about six months, local libraries made the commitment to reduce their usage of energy. Simple things such as turning off lights and computer monitors made a difference at our library. Our library reduced its energy usage by 19%! 

Are you doing anything to reduce your energy use?
Explore the following website on ways to save energy and money:


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reduce Stress Through Meditation Workshop

With the workshop conducted by William Smith, our patrons had the opportunity to learn a meditation technique to reduce stress and improve their concentration. They were able to discuss and ask questions of the long-time meditator retired Army Lt. Colonel.

Those in attendance enjoyed the workshop and plan to return next week for another informative workshop titled, "Deeper Into Meditation." It aims to provide more direction for deepening and stabilizing meditation practices for experienced and new meditators.

Join us on Wednesday, March 13th @ 5:30pm. The workshop is FREE and everyone is welcome to attend. Attendance of the prior workshop is not required.