Fall into the VZC library

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Storytime at the Van Zandt County Library was Friday, Oct. 2.
The theme was teddy bears. Some of the children brought their bears to enjoy Storytime with them. The children enjoyed making bear puppets as their craft, librarians said.

Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare, Retirement---these words are prominent in the news right now.  

The Friends of the Van Zandt County Library will offer an informational program that will help decision making on these subjects at the Oct. 12 regular meeting.  

The enrollment period—another popular phrase—is coming up so this is a very timely subject.   The meeting is at 10 a.m. in the Buchanan Room of the Van Zandt County Library.

After the meeting, anyone interested in organizing historical papers is asked to stay and work with old newspapers, bags of notes, just “stuff” that has accumulated over the years, and may or may not be of any value.  Help!!


RAWR! into reading

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The Storytime characters Oct. 25 were Elephant and Piggie from the Mo Willems stories. The books read included “Can I Play Too” that features a snake that wants to play catch with Elephant and Piggie.

 RAWR means “Let’s go read” in dinosaur talk.  The Van Zandt County Library has an extensive collection of children’s books.  

Children that are too young for school need to be exposed to books and reading from infancy.  Not only is it fun, it has been established that early reading is a positive influence on school performance.  Storytime continues at 10 a.m. every Friday for preschoolers.

Support the Friends of the Library. 

At 10 a.m. Oct. 12 there will be an opportunity to hear about changes in health and retirement plans that may affect you in the coming year.  It is an information only program.  There is nothing to buy.  It is also an opportunity to become more involved in the daily operation of the Library, and to contribute (money, of course) your time and effort to continue library excellence in Van Zandt County.


Have fun with the library

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The theme for the Sept. 11 Storytime was Monkey Business. Ms. Rhonda had a monkey friend with her as she read several stories about monkeys including “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.” There were lots of giggles as she read a story about chimps that did the Cha-Cha.

The Van Zandt County Library will be represented at the third annual Health and Safety Expo/Back to School Bash from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 1, at Canton First United Methodist Church. 

The event is free, and includes bounce house, games, and information about services and programs offered within the community. 

Help the library and maybe help your Christmas list.  An American Girl Doll and an Acer Chrome book are the raffle items offered by the Friends of the Library this fall.  Tickets are available at the library.   Only 152 tickets are available for each item.

“Poorer Richard’s Almanac,” written by the late Benjamin Franklin-also known as Tom Blair—is a commentary on contemporary America.  It is written in Franklin’s style, and is sprinkled with quotes from the original “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”   It’s a good read, check it out.


Quilters Guild represented at Fair, readies for local shows

Texas Star Quilters Guild of Canton has been well represented at the 2015 State Fair of Texas which runs Sept. 25 to Oct. 18. 

Several members of the TSQG entered quilts and quilted items into the Fair and one has received three ribbons, guild officials said.

Of only 40 prize-winning quilts from all over Texas on display at the Fair, Susie Heckman from Edgewood received two third place ribbons and one honorable mention.

Heckman has been invited to enter her quilts in several quilt shows including a recent National Quilt Association show in Little Rock, Ark. In 2014, she displayed more than 30 quilted items at the annual quilt show at the Heritage Festival in Edgewood.  This year, Linda Mathis (another TSQG member) will display her quilts at this local festival.

These quilters and many others will be at the Canton Civic Center Oct. 16 and 17 for the annual quilt show. 


Be a Friend to the library

Friends of the Van Zandt County Library will begin the 2015-‘16 year at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14 in the Buchanan Room of the Library.  Please make it a point to be on hand for a “Look Back-Look Forward.”   Annual dues are due, and life memberships are still available.

An American Girl Doll and an Acer Chrome notebook are the fall raffle items for 2015. 

Only 152 tickets will be offered on each item, and are available at the Library or from Friends.  One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit library programs.  All children’s books, newspapers, and magazines are funded through the Friends efforts.  Many other items that the annual budget does not support are provided through the generosity of the citizens in support of Friends of the Library. 

Many audio books are in Van Zandt County Library.  They are catalogued with the prefix DVD, so it is easy to look and see if your favorite is included.  Notice there are some special rules about checkout times. 


Farewell to Sibyl

Sibyl Creasey, Friend of the Library, Genealogical Library standard bearer, member of the Van Zandt County Library Advisory Board, author of books, reporter and friend is moving away to be closer to family. 

A reception in her honor will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Genealogical Library (Highway 19 at Groves Street). The public is invited to attend the reception.


Wills Point ISD outlines policy for free, reduced price meals

Wills Point ISD has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for students served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.  Each school and/or the central office has a copy of the policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.  The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits. 

Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  Households who received a Notification of Predetermined Eligibility (Direct Certification) do not have to fill out or return an Application for the child listed on the letter, all other children must fill out an application.


East Texas Stampede 4-H Equestrians earns national titles

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The East Texas Stampede Showteam performing at the Canton Poor Boy Rodeo in July included riders Hannah Cade, Faith Windham, Emily Lenamond, Natalie Koen, Libby Dailey, Katlyn Stovall, Mary Faith LaPrade, Audra Rainwater, Kathryn Koen, Gracie Rainwater, Bri Caughron and Haleigh Gurley.

The East Texas Stampede Equestrian team representing Van Zandt County and Texas 4-H is fresh off their competition schedule which ended with successful trip to the South East Mounted National Open Competition at Mississippi State University Horse Park in Starkville, Miss. 


Engagement: Missy Prow and Nathan Wright

Missy Prow and Nathan Wright, both of Canton, have announced their engagement and approaching marriage.

Missy is the daughter of Becky and Greg Coil and Robert and Gwen Prow.  Nathan is the son of Kim Figaro and Greg and Julie Wright.

Both are graduates of Canton High School.  Missy is employed as a veterinarian at the Kaufman Vet Center.  Nathan is employed as a fireman at the Plano Fire Department.

A wedding is planned for Sept. 19 at the Rocking L Ranch in Wills Point.  After a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, the couple will make their home in Canton.



Library to celebrate 23 years

Looking back on achievements and mistakes is a valuable way to improve most situations.   Library Director, Susie Pulley, will revisit the beginnings of the Van Zandt County Library, the strides that have been made in some 60 years, and plans for the future at the regular Friends of the Library meeting, at 10 a.m. Monday Sept. 14.  The date also marks the 23rd anniversary of the dedication of the present building.

Friends of the Library dues are only $10 a year.  They are due now for the 2015-‘16 year.   Life memberships are still available.


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