Friday, September 20, 2013

Reavis Returns!

Image of Reavis Z. Wortham

Last fall we had the pleasure of hosting Reavis Wortham for a book signing here at the library.  The stars have aligned and he will be returning this fall with his newest novel 
The Right Side of Wrong: a Red River Mystery.  

Come by the library to visit with Reavis
Saturday, October 5
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Storytellers coming to the library

Twice Upon a Time
Gene & Peggy Helmick-Richardson

Tuesday, July 9

Free Events!

Adult Program - 12:00 noon
(guests are encouraged to bring a lunch)

Children's Program - 2:00 p.m.

From their website:

Twice Upon a Time Storytellers utilize the ancient art of storytelling to explore the complex and challenging issues facing us in our modern society. Through the experience of listening to and sharing stories, children and adults alike can be united in their families, schools, work places, communities and therapeutic settings.  Storytelling opens us up to understanding the connections we have with others around our wonderful globe. Discover this new world with Dallas storytellers Gene and Peggy Helmick-Richardson.

Traveling from preschools to prisons, Twice Upon a Time Storytellers have been sharing their tales together since 1999. Gene and Peggy's presentations blend this ancient oral tradition with personal narrative, science, history, modern nuance, cultural diversity and sometimes a soupcon of silliness to allow audiences to see the world in many new and imaginative ways.

Free event sponsored by
Texas Commission on the Arts

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

@ the Library

your Library

Come choose a book from our




Thursday, May 16, 2013


2013 Summer Reading Club
will begin
Monday, June 10
and run until
Friday, July 12

The program is open to children 
of reading age through the 7th grade.
For children too young to read themselves, we offer:

The little ones can snuggle in an adults lap, enjoy being read to and
 participate along with big brothers and sisters.

Depending on their reading abilities, children may set goals to read by the book or by the page.  
Counting by the page rewards advanced readers who enjoy larger books and allows them to progress just as quickly as younger readers who are still in smaller books.

**Story Time schedule
will be provided at registration**

Our traditional closing party will be held on
Friday, July 14 at 1:00 p.m.

The Red River County Public Library
Summer Reading Club 
is sponsored by:

Friends of the Library
your Clarksville Dairy Queen.

You may register anytime from June 10 - July 9.
Program concludes July 12.
Children may record up to 3 books a day.
Only library books may be recorded for credit.
Books must be checked out and read at home.
(or at Grandma's or on a trip....)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Very Pinteresting

If you spend any time at all on the Internet, you are aware of the phenomena know as Pinterest.  Should you have ventured in the world of Pinterest, you already know how fun (and addicting) it is.  If you have not yet taken the plunge, it is time and we are here to help you; we recently launched a Pinterest site for the library.

The best way to describe Pinterest is to liken it to a bulletin board, albeit it a virtual one.  Those great ideas you find online, the recipes, decorating ideas, the beautiful pictures, the funny pictures, anything that strikes your fancy can be "pinned" to your Pinterest boards which you personalize and organize with your own categories.  Then, somewhat like Facebook and Twitter, you can also "follow" other pinners whose tastes and interest match your own.

Take a look at Pinning 101  for a good overview and some pinning etiquette.  Then browse the library's boards where you will find all things book related.  Hopefully you will decide to follow us and start your own Pinterest experience, but if you get addicted, don't say you weren't warned!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Library Learning Patch Nature Club--All About Trees

This week our nature club class was all about trees. Our book was My Favorite Tree.  The book not only features many trees, but also tells about their traits, wild companions, and uses.

The children were treated to a very informative presentation by Master Naturalist Dennis Wilson.  He is a staff specialist at Oklahoma State Agricultural Experimental Station in Oklahoma.  Mr. Wilson brought many specimens of both needles from conifers and branches from deciduous trees.

Explaining how pine trees grow

See the little flower?

The children were fascinated by a little inch worm that hitched a ride on one of the branches.

Now, an update to the garden!. Just look at our progress:

Cucumbers are blooming

Lettuce ready for another harvest

Almost ready to climb the teepee

Healthy sunflowers

Stay tuned for more fun next week!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Library Learning Patch Nature Club--The Web of Life and Our First Harvest

Today the group learned about how everything in nature is interrelated. The book for this session was The Web of Life.

A Giant Book!

The children played a game demonstrating how everything in nature is connected and discussed how one thing affects another.

Now it was harvest time!!

Our lettuce crop

Some of the radishes were ready also.

 Yummy  radishes!

Looks like salad with dinner tonight!

 Dividing the first harvest

The group planted new herbs (the first ones did not survive the last freeze) and lots of petunias. We hope the petunias discourage the squash bugs.

Stay tuned! We have our first blooms on one of the tomato plants, the sunflowers are growing, and peas are climbing.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Buzzz-Learning All About Bees

The Library Learning Patch Nature Club was fortunate this week to have a dynamic duo--Bobby and Lisa Cornelius--as our guest instructors. Bobby has been a beekeeper for years and is quite knowledgeable about them.
The Amazing Bee
He  brought some of his equipment as well as an empty hive box.

 He described in detail how the bees get the nectar and produce honey. The children were amazed to learn how many flowers a bee must visit in order to gather enough nectar to produce honey. He also gave them a good tip for what  they should do if  stung by a bee--don't pull out the stinger, scrape it off.   He passed out activity books which featured bees.

Lisa Cornelius, our Director,  devised a game to teach the children how a bee pollinates our flowers.[source] She filled paper bags with Cheetos and gave each child a paper bee. They visited the flower bag, took a Cheeto, thereby gathering nectar. She then gave each child a flower. After visiting the flower bag, each child went to someone else's  flower and rubbed it, thereby spreading the pollen (Cheeto yellow). What fun they had.

What a cute idea!

 Passing out the flowers and bees
Gathering Pollen


The snack today was honey, apples and graham crackers.

Then, it was time to go to the garden and water--their favorite activity!
Plants Can't Live Without Water!

Kat Kraft checked her worms--so far they have not frozen!

 We enjoyed our beautiful Spring day yesterday. Let's hope we don't have a frost tonight!

Stay tuned!!.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Library Learning Patch Nature Club

Our third year of Library Learning Patch Nature Club has begun. We have changed our name this year  to  more accurately reflect the purpose of the program, teaching children about their natural world. This nature club is a joint effort between the Red River County Public Library and the Red River chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist organization.We are sponsored by  Friends of the Library.

Many exciting classes are planned for this year. Several members of the Texas Master Naturalists  will be teaching classes in their area of expertise. Bobby Cornelius  will also be returning to teach a class about bees.

Master Naturalist Judy Maroney is responsible for planning the lessons this year and Master Naturalist Sheri Schwed is responsible for overseeing the garden. Master Naturalists Kat Kraft, Truman Kraft, Sharon Black, and Jan Smith are teaching lessons and assisting in the classroom and garden. Sharon Black is also writing articles about our activities and distributing them to area newspapers. This year we have nine children in the class. Simon Pease is volunteering as a junior leader.

Master Naturalist Judy Maroney

Simon  Pease, Junior Leader
In our first class we learned about earthworms and set up an earthworm composting bin. We also tested the soil for the ph level and found that it is alkaline, perfect for our gardening.

Master Naturalist Sheri Schwed testing soil

In the second class we learned about soil and worked in the garden, planting lettuce, radishes and onions.

Planting Sunflowers
In later classes we have learned about parts of plants, seeds, how seeds travel.

Master Naturalist Jan Smith 
Examining a seed

Master Naturalist Sharon Black

We were fortunate to have one of our Master Naturalists, Walt Davis, lead a class teaching the children to observe things in nature and then draw them. All of the children had a great time choosing a leaf, examining it closely, discussing its characteristics with others, and then drawing it. Mr. Davis is a past director of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas and former curator of exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Natural History.

Walt Davis teaching children to observe nature

Even though we covered the plants during the last freeze, we lost a few of our plants and it was necessary to replant. This farming is hard work!!

Stay tuned -  our next post will feature photos of our little garden.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A blind date @ the library???

We're playing a little game here at the library:
a blind date with a book!

Here's how it works:
You choose a specially wrapped book about which you are given only a little information.
Unwrap your surprise book and enjoy your 'date'!

Doesn't that sound like fun?

People are discovering new books and new authors just by being a little daring.

Everyone in the Brown Bag Book Club took one home.  
We will be hearing about their 'dates' at our next Book Club on Tuesday, March 12 at 12:00 noon.

You are welcome to come share about your book, or your date can remain anonymous. ;)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sign Up Time--Library Learning Patch - Children Discovering Nature

It's signup time again for our nature club, Library Learning Patch-Children Discovering Nature. Children ages 6-9 are invited to sign up through January 26, 2013. This program is co-sponsored by the Red River County Public Library and the Red River Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist organization.

This is the third year for our nature club. We will again use our garden as a vehicle to explore the natural world around us. The classes will begin February 19 and will continue through June 25.  We will meet Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Children will plant, tend and harvest their garden. During our sessions we will learn about soil composition, helpful and harmful insects, the water cycle, birds, botany, and the interrelationship between plants, animals and humans. We plan to have guest speakers share their expertise.

Class size is limited, so early signup is encouraged! We're looking forward to many fun-filled afternoons.