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Sun
25
Dec

VZC Library closed through Jan. 3

The holidays are being celebrated at the Van Zandt County Library. The Friends of the Library held the annual Volunteer Brunch Dec. 12. Staff and volunteers enjoyed a delicious meal together. Family members of Al Coleman also attended. Mr. Coleman's name has recently been added to the Memorial Plaque which honors citizens who contributed to the building and growth of the library.

FOL has received a memorial donation for Toni Barrentine by Bob and Sandra Giles; a memorial donation for John Guthrie by Alice Bomar and Bobby Peynter; a donation honoring Betty Hooks by Beverly Chadwick; and a donation given by the Texas Star Quilters Guild.

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Sat
24
Dec

Become a Friend of the Library

As the New Year approaches the Friends of the Library starts gearing up for their annual membership drive. The Friends of the Library is an active group of volunteers dedicated to the growth and improvement of the library.  Please contact the library if you are interested in getting involved.  Membership letters will be going out in early February.  With the support of the Friends of the Library we are able to do many things that we would not be able to otherwise.  This year the Friends hosted a painting program, provided the funding for our Overdrive membership, helped with summer reading, did several fundraisers, and worked on many other projects. 

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Thu
22
Dec

VZC Library releases holiday schedule

As Christmas and the New Year holidays approach, the library's organized programs take a break. Storytime will resume in January as well as Dog Days.

The Friends of the Library will hold the January 2017 meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 9.

Friends of the Library are still taking donations for the Christmas Bow Project, an annual fundraiser to maintain and improve the children's section. All the librarians and volunteers wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to the patrons of the library and citizens of Van Zandt County.

There are some schedule changes coming at the end of December. Beginning Dec.19, the library will be closed and will reopen Jan. 3, 2017. These days include both holidays and staff work days, so make sure you check out some good reading material to enjoy during this time.

Wed
21
Dec

Hundreds come to see Santa at GS Library

Despite the cold weather and date change we had a great turnout for Santa this year.  We had a little over 300people come out last Tuesday to see Santa and have their pictures taken.  The Friends of the Library served cookies, which were generously donated by members of our community, and melted snowman punch.  After taking pictures at the library, Santa rode the firetruck in Grand Saline’s Lighted Christmas Parade. 

The library will have regular hours through the holidays this year as both Christmas and New Year’s falls on the weekend.  Now that the weather is starting to feel more like it should this time of year you will want to stock up on books, movies, and puzzles from the library to keep busy while you are spending time out of the cold.  School children will also start their winter break soon and you will definitely need to check-out items to keep them occupied for the next couple of weeks. 

Thu
15
Dec

Van enters into animal control agreement

The Canton Animal Shelter is the only animal shelter in the county and it is overwhelmed with animals, particularly dogs!   All other municipal shelters and short-term holding facilities in the county have closed due to the cost of state mandated regulations and liability.  Our shelter costs for next year are approaching $210,000.  This amount comes to about $50 for every man, woman and child living in the City of Canton.   The sad thing for our citizens who pay for running the shelter through their taxes is that about 80% of these animals come from outside our city limits. 

Wed
14
Dec

Fifty years and hopefully 50 more

As the library approaches its 50th  anniversary celebration I can’t help but reflect on the overwhelming support the library has received from the community throughout its history.  One woman’s mission to provide books for her children and the rest of the people in the community without having to drive to Tyler lit a fire within the community that is still burning bright 50 years later.  People who don’t regularly use the library are often surprised when they come in and discover what all the library has to offer.  We have at least one person a week who comes in to the library who has not been here since they were a child and they are always amazed at the changes they find. 

Wed
14
Dec

The perks of growing older

Who says getting older doesn’t have its privileges? Regardless of where you live, seniors qualify for a wide range of discounts and related benefits.

These perks are offered by retailers, restaurants, transportation providers and senior organizations. They range from free coffee to discounts of all kinds. Some discounts are well-known. Others may be available, but are only extended upon request. Regardless, all have the potential to help make your Golden Years a bit more affordable!

There are a number of dedicated websites (www.boomerplaces.com; www.seniordiscounts.com, www.theseniorlist.com;) that track businesses offering senior discounts. All feature information on age requirements and other limitations that might apply.

Tue
13
Dec

Holiday events planned at VZC Library

Baby Jesus in the manger, Santa in his sleigh, trees, lights and decorations – all bring to mind Christmas. This week during Storytime, Miss Rhonda will be reading stories about Christmas, with a fun craft project afterward. If you want to see your preschooler's eyes light up. Also, as a reminder, Dog Days at the Library will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14. Your child will read to a great, non-judgmental friend.

Friends of the Library are still taking donations for the Christmas Bow Project, an annual fundraiser to maintain and improve the children's section. At 10 a.m. Dec. 12 the FOL will host a brunch in the Buchanan Room of the library honoring the volunteers who help make the library an organized and pleasant place to work and relax.

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Tue
06
Dec

Put these in your stockings

10 emergency preparedness gifts

Thanksgiving Day is over, and across Van Zandt County, people are preparing for Christmas. While Santa Claus brings toys and candy, I’d like to suggest some durable gifts for emergency preparedness.

One of my buddies suggested an M-35 Army surplus 2-1/2 ton truck for $7,500 from Liberty Hill, Texas. But it’s too big even for a spandex Christmas stocking, and it’s too expensive. Emergency preparedness gifts need to be inexpensive and small enough to fit into your Christmas stocking. Here are my top 10 for 2016:

-BIC butane lighters with transparent sides. You can see how much butane is in them, they light every time, and if they leak butane, it evaporates. I carry matches and flint and steel, but I start my fires with a BIC butane lighter because it is easier and more reliable. For durability, get the BIC brand instead of cheap copies.

Sun
04
Dec

Dates, times change for library during holiday season

Now that Thanksgiving has been celebrated, leftovers dispatched and lots of shopping has been accomplished, we are now on the express train leading to Christmas holidays.

Storytime resumes at 10 a.m., Dec. 2, where children will be reading about the North Pole; and we all know who lives there!

Miss Rhonda has some good books picked out and fun craft projects prepared. Also, coming up on Wednesday, Dec. 14 is Dog Days at the Library. Come at 4 p.m. and read to a sweet, patient audience.

The Friends of the Library continue to accept donations for the Christmas Bow Project. These donations buy new books for the Children's Section of the library.

At 10 a.m., Dec. 12, the FOL will have the annual Volunteer Brunch in the Buchanan Room of the library. This is a time to show appreciation for those who help in all ways to keep the library a pleasant and rewarding place to visit.

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