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Tue
03
Nov

Grand Saline Library

Medicare program coming to library, you can, too!

Mark your calendar! On Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. we will have a guest speaker at the library to talk about Medicare enrollment. 

This free workshop will help you make an informed decision when you enroll for Medicare.  Even if you are not old enough for Medicare yet this workshop will give you some things to think about and help you prepare for when you do reach that magical age. 

The workshop will be conducted in the Civic Center in the back of the library building. 

It’s the time of year when everyone starts planning their family and work holiday celebrations.  Don’t forget that the Civic Center is available for rental and is perfect setting for those events.  You can rent the Civic Center for a day for one hundred dollars plus a one hundred dollar deposit. 

Thu
29
Oct

State Capitol HIGHLIGHTS

Revenue estimate reflects slowdown in energy sector

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Oct. 14 announced the release of his office’s Certification Revenue Estimate.

The “CRE” is an update to the Biennial Revenue Estimate, a document that gives state lawmakers a good idea of how much revenue will be available for general-purpose spending in 2016-2017, the next two-year state budget period. 

The CRE, Hegar said, reflects “any new laws from the session that could affect state revenue, as well as the most current fiscal and economic data.” The 140-day legislative session concluded four and half months ago, on June 1.

Mon
26
Oct

Come browse at the VZC Library

It still feels like summer, but the ads and the stores are beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

 It is not too early to begin making Christmas stockings, or sewing designer clothes for a child’s favorite doll. 

Suggestions for crafts, jellies, relishes, and other “make ahead” gifts may be found at the Van Zandt County Library.   Recipes for special baked goods are available also.

The library staff will be dressed in their favorite Halloween costumes at 10 a.m. Oct 30, for Storytime.  Come say “Boo” to them.   Children may dress up if they wish.

The Acer Notebook and American Girl Doll raffle is coming to a close.  Don’t miss out.

Political campaigns begin so far ahead of party conventions that it is easy to get disgusted with them, and ignore the whole procedure. 

The library has books by and about many of the candidates that will help decision making in this important election year. 

Sun
25
Oct

Baked potato day is coming

It’s time for the Friends of the library baked potato sale. 

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 29, you can start placing your order for the meal.  The meal will include one of our famous large baked potatoes with pulled pork, chives, cheese, butter, sour cream and a homemade dessert for just $6. 

If you work in Grand Saline check for a signup sheet at your place of employment, you can also signup by calling or coming by the library.  All orders are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5.  The luncheon will be on Thursday, Nov. 12, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

If you can’t participate in the baked potato sale but would like to support the Friends of the Library you can do so by making a donation at the library. 

The role of the Friends of the Library is to help fund the library because library governing boards cannot fundraise.  

Wed
21
Oct

Find a bargain, enrich life with reading at the VZC Library

Thursday, Oct. 22 is the big day to find out who are the lucky people that  will take home the American Girl Doll, and the Chrome Notebook offered by the Friends of the Van Zandt County Library.  

New Advisory Board members will begin their terms at the regular meeting Oct. 22.  Their job is to keep policies up to date and to advise the commissioners court of needs and any problems with the library. 

Preschoolers Storytime continues to be well attended.  The Oct. 23 theme is “llama, llama.”  It is a great way to encourage love of books.  Studies show that children who are introduced to reading early are  more successful in the classroom.

At 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 24, the Genealogy Society will be back in the Buchanan Room for their regular meeting.  Visitors and new members are always welcome.

Tue
20
Oct

State Capitol Highlights

BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, has settled with the federal government and the states of Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida over claims related to the Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced on Oct. 5 that Texas stands to receive $800 million of the $20.8 billion settlement “to restore Gulf resources with portions dedicated to the coastal economy as well as restoration projects to address damage to natural resources.”

“When we include money from previous settlements with these new funds, Texas will have more than $1 billion to fund projects that restore and enhance the Texas Gulf coast and mitigate economic impacts of this disaster,” said TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker.

Sat
17
Oct

Hey Grandpa! Tell me about old people?

Hi there!  I’m GRANDPA.  As I have said in previous articles - I am here for you.  I am here to take your questions or concerns and give you the best advice I possibly can.  Age, gender or walk of life doesn’t matter, I am here for everyone and all types of issues.

Here’s my most recent inquiry: 

Hey Grandpa,

Hi I Tommy and I red about you before and you qwestions and want one.  I want to know why old people dont let kids do stuff the way we want and not the way they want.  Did you know I can use the computer good.

What a wonderful question from you Tommy (and that’s probably your real name).  I wish I had the chance to sit down and talk to you in person, like you and me in the same room, to talk about my answer to your question, because there is a lot to say to give you an answer that will make sense to you.   But I will do my best here.

Thu
15
Oct

Activities don’t Fall off during Autumn at the library

Fall brings many fun story time activities to the library. 

Each week we have story time at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays for children aged 2 to 5. 

Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas; there are so many fun themes to choose from!  Each week we read a book and do a craft activity.  It’s a great opportunity for children to interact with one another and to listen to a story being read which helps develop reading skills. 

We have a great team of volunteers who help us conduct this program. 

While here for story time you can also sign your children up for “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program.  

Thu
15
Oct

Pets are like people. Some like you and some don’t

We don't have to work at getting along with our friends and acquaintances. It seems to come naturally when you have things in common. Lots to talk about and share and the longer you spend with those friends, the easier it is, like family.

There have been people in my life (as in yours, no doubt) with whom I felt an immediate kinship. And then there have been those with whom I just couldn't click; one time I was introduced to a woman I had never seen before, and within 30 seconds I absolutely could not stand her. She irritated every cell in my body. I found out later that she affected lots of people that way. 

Tue
13
Oct

State Capitol HIGHLIGHTS

Governor requests border help from Washington

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 30 wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, requesting immediate action to address “the significant increase of illegal border crossings.”

Nearly 10,000 immigrant families and unaccompanied children were detained after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in August, an increase of more than 50 percent over August 2014, Abbott said, quoting official reports.

Abbott mentioned the strain on state coffers and urged the immediate input of federal assistance to:

• Assign 250 more U.S. Border Patrol agents to Texas;

• Provide five more tethered surveillance blimps to watch for cross-border smuggling activity;

• Provide a list of conditions under which individuals would be released to relatives or to private organizations in Texas communities; and

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