The Summer Reading Club has ended, and prizes have been awarded!

Thank you to all patrons who participated in “A Universe of Stories” - Preschool Reading Club for ages 0 to 5, Elementary Reading Club suggested for readers entering grades kindergarten through fifth grade, Junior Reading Club for readers entering grades 6 through 12 and Adult Reading Club for everyone else.

And, we had another successful event at the “Transportation Exploration.” So happy to see so many brave the heat to explore the vehicles, as well as stop for a book or two at the Friends of the Library “Rest Stop.” We were able to introduce many to the Free Little Libraries located in our community. These are now registered on their World Map.

This month our series introducing the library staff continues with Diane Crowder.

She was a native of Lincoln, but moved to Waco in 1981 when she married her husband, Rich. Together they raised their four daughters: Megan, Morgan, Mickayla and Mackenzie on their cattle farm. As a 4-H leader and an active church member with Vacation Bible School (VBS), Diane was able to share her artistic talents by helping her daughters with their 4-H projects, and creating decorations and backdrops for VBS.

She was able to continue sharing those talents when she joined the Kilgore Memorial Library staff in 2015 as a part-time employee. As a library employee she wears many hats. Her main role is to assist patrons at the front desk, checking books out, checking them in, answering questions from patrons, and aiding patrons on computers. In addition, she also shelves materials, answers the phone, and books the conference rooms. Other responsibilities include maintaining the patron database, planning and executing the creation of bulletin boards and posters, and managing the paperback and magazine sections of the library.

Diane is a member of the policy review committee. She is always available to other staff members for advice or help in any of the ongoing endeavors. Her long-time love for mystery novels has honed her detective instincts, which she uses to track down lost items in the library. “I really get a rush when I’m able to find the one book that a patron has been searching for but hasn’t had any luck locating,” said Diane.

If you are looking for books for your home library, there are many gently-used books to choose from. They are available in all genres for children, teens and adults. Prices for paperbacks start at three for $1, and prices for hardbacks start at $1. There are also grab bags for sale. Here is an opportunity to get your hands on some great deals and rare finds, while helping to support library programming.

Don’t forget to take some time to see what’s new in the Elmer Baker Showcase and on the Kent Bedient Gallery. We have openings if your non-profit would like to reserve either of these spaces to display your information, feature your special event, or show what you have accomplished in the community.

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