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By Norma Herrera
Our September report for library traffic shows that we marked the end of summer with 188 patrons visiting during the month, plus twenty students.
As we head into the fall season, we have been pleased to welcome back the staff of the Brown Hearing Center, who visited the library in September to give free hearing tests to any patients in the Dilley area who needed them or felt they should find out more information on hearing-related services. Patients are seen by prior appointment; the next scheduled visit at the Dilley library will be Tuesday, November 16.
In continuing our outreach to those looking at higher education and related financing, we opened our doors last week to Southwest Texas Junior College, whose financial officer spent three afternoon hours with us, meeting with students and community members and offering valuable assistance with financial aid applications for college, notably the FAFSA form.
We look forward to more of these visits by professionals who offer much-needed services and assistance to our community members.
In book-related news, we are very pleased to announce the purchase of two new titles for our shelves by Frio County authors, namely “The Old Man on the Farm” by Barbara Beever, and “A House for Wren” by her daughter, Julie Beever, both from Pearsall.
“A House for Wren” was published last December and showcases a number of colorful Texas birds and covers their nesting habits. The story revolves around Ms. Green Jay helping the Wrens in their search for a perfect home.
Julie Beever was a reading teacher at elementary school and district dyslexia coordinator in Pearsall for most of her 21 years in education. She describes her transition to author as coming from her instinctive ‘reading teacher’ approach to education driving her to create a book that is both educational and entertaining.
Spoiler alert: The house that the Wren family ends up choosing in the book is built by the human family as the story progresses.
“The Old Man on the Farm” was published in March this year and is a story of family, friends, and farm. It is written along the lines of the classic children’s stories that Barbara Beever grew up with, and it is in rhyme.
Both books are delightfully presented in hardcover.
The Dilley Public Library is proud to announce that it is a 2022 Accredited Library under the Texas Library System. We were given official notification of the accreditation and will be a fully qualified member of the Texas Library System for the fiscal year September 1, 2021, through August 31, 2022.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is marking its 50th anniversary of accrediting libraries this year, having provided the service recognizing the status of community libraries like ours since 1971.