Lifestyle

Mon
01
Feb

Take a look at a book at the VZC Library

Surveys across the country indicate that students are not learning history or government.  Indeed, many colleges do not require even one course for graduation in most majors.    Do you know when the Civil War was?  Do you “remember Pearl Harbor”?  Do you know how many senators are in Washington?  Do you know what the electoral college is?

Try a history book the next time you are looking for an exciting read. 

Or pick a book about the Constitution of the United States.   Consider the pages and pages of laws and rules that are in force now, and compare that to the simplicity of our founding document.

Tue
12
Jan

Volunteers needed at library

Volunteers Ed and Cindy Rakestraw changed out the display case in the foyer of Van Zandt County Library the past week.

“The Rakestraw’s have been doing the display for several years and always make it fresh and fun,” librarians said.  

Volunteers are needed at the library. Those who wish to volunteer are asked to visit the library and fill out a volunteer application form.

The Van Zandt County Library is located at 317 First Monday Lane in Canton and is free to all Van Zandt County residents.

 

Tue
12
Jan

Start your new year at the library

Elvis Allen, an eminent historian and Van Zandt native, will present the program at the regular meeting of The Friends of the Van Zandt County Library at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan.11. 

The topic is” The War over the County Seat.” 

“Many natives don’t know much about this facet of Van Zandt History, and newcomers may not even know it happened.  Come to the library and hear this true story,” librarians said.   

Memorials continue to remember friends and loved ones who were library supporters. 

Tue
22
Dec

Countdown to Christmas

Storytime Dec. 11 started off with Christmas carols led by Ms. Rhonda.  The first story read was “Here comes Santa Cat” by Deborah Underwood. The book is about a cat that needs to be nice since Christmas is coming and being nice doesn’t come naturally.  The book was illustrated by Claudia Rueda. 

The next book read was “Not Until Christmas, Walter!” By Eileen Christelow.  Walter is the family dog that does not wait until Christmas to enjoy the presents. 

During craft time the children made a Santa ornament to take home.  The next Storytime will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Van Zandt County Library.

Tue
15
Dec

Snowflakes and stars

The chilly weather kept the attendance down at the library on Friday, Dec. 4 but those that came enjoyed hearing “Christmas without a Tree” that featured Grumpy Gramps, a pig with a Bah Humbug spirit.
“More Snow for Kids” is a true story of a south Texas Christmas miracle that saw a record breaking snow fall in south Texas in 2004. The last book was about Santa having one too many Christmas goodies on one of his stops and not being able to get back up the chimney.  With the reindeer pulling and the dog, cat and even a mouse pushing Wh—oo-oosh out came Santa.  The children’s craft for the day was decorating a Christmas tree with shiny stars and snowflakes.

Mon
07
Dec

NSDAR honors county veterans

Left to right, Pastor David McNary, Harold Tanner, Chapter Regent Sherrie Archer, County Commissioner Virgil Melton and Ron Wilson were all present at the November meeting of the NSDAR meeting. Veterans were honored with a service pin.

The Neches River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution paid homage to veterans at its meeting held Nov. 12. 

Special recognition was given to veterans who served at any time during the Vietnam era which spanned from 1955 to 1975. 

Regent Sherrie Archer presented pins designed for this remembrance to the veterans in attendance and thanked them for their service and their sacrifice.

Mon
07
Dec

Find your roots at the VZC library

“It’s The Lightcrust Doughboys from Bewley’s Mills”…  If you remember that radio introduction, you are surely a long-time Texan.

 The Van Zandt County Library has a book about them, and their times in The Texas Collection. “Paddling the wild Neches,” tells the story of the Neches River, and points to some things we Texans need to do to preserve it.  This is also in the Texas Collection, as is “One Ranger, A Memoir” and the “History of the Humble Oil and Refining Company.”

Sun
29
Nov

Holiday hours, dates set at VZC Library

Never before has the visibility of the “shop local” tag been greater than it has become in recent years. With small communities taking charge of highlighting the benefits of shopping locally and programs like Small Business Saturday designing special days when these benefits are heavily marketed, it is no wonder that the buzz is spreading!

Sun
29
Nov

Fairy Tales

The Storytime theme at the Van Zandt County Library for Friday Nov. 20th was Fairy Tales.  The first book that Ms. Rhonda read was Little Bunny Foo Foo in which the good fairy was scolding the Little Bunny for bopping the forest animals on the head.  The second book was “Knight Fight” and the third book was titled “I am a Princess.”  During the craft the children were transformed into princes and princesses with crowns and princess hats. 

Sun
29
Nov

Local truck driver recognized for safety milestone

George W. Pierce Jr. of Wills Point has been recognized by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for 23 years of safe, accident-free driving of a commercial tractor-trailer.

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