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By James Henry Frazar


Library Valentine's fundraiser
The Lakehills Area Library is set for its big fundraiser dinner Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Civic Center on Park Road 37 beginning at 5 pm.
Dinner tickets are $8 for Gerry's famous chicken spaghetti, salad, bread and beverage. There will also be a bake sale. Beer and wine will be available as well as homemade desserts. Desserts are only $1 each.
The live auction will begin at 6:30 pm. There will be a silent auction during the meal. There is always a variety of items for the auction donated by area business and individuals, including two western prints of AT Cox's work with barn wood frames, a signed and numbered hand-painted pheasant statue, a frog-shaped bird feeder, Blu-ray DVD player, a seven-inch tablet, a bookshelf, and many handcrafted items from local artists.
Fliers with a list of auction items will soon be distributed. Lloyd Mays Auctions, handling the auction again this year, will also have information on his website. If you would like to donate an item, new or gently used, bring it by or contact the library at 830-510-2777. Remember, all donations are tax deductible.
You can also purchase tickets to win a large metal bell (valued at $450) provided by Medina Lake Bells or a 50-inch flat screen television donated by Scott and Brenda Torpey. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You can purchase your tickets from Lakehills Library Board members, at the front counter in the library and there will be ticket sales on upcoming weekends at both the Hill Country Grocery in Lakehills and the EZ Mart on Hwy 16 in Pipe Creek.
• Over the last year, the library has been making many improvements.
One change is that the reference room is now the YA (young adult) room. The reference books aren't gone, but many YA books and other materials are in there now.
DVDs have become a major part of the library's offering. They currently have 1,500 to 1,600 donated DVDs to check out for two weeks.
They still have VCR tapes, too. What parents do is that as they upgrade to DVD, they put the VCR in the children's room. So the library is keeping VCR tapes for them.
The children's reading day on Wednesday continues with as many as nine children each session. It's for children four and under. The kids get to play and the moms get to talk. It took the library some effort to keep the program going. Now enough families are participating, that it's a going concern.
The library has improved its biography section, because there is a large demand for such books.
The library also has some of the Bluebonnet books. The schools have the Bluebonnet books, but the books are always checked out. Next time you are looking for them, try the library.
They also have an adopt-a-book program where patrons can donate money so the library can purchase books.
New to the library is eBooks. These are books that can downloaded through the library to your eReaders. This is a program in cooperation with the Bandera and Medina libraries. It's a free service and after you download the book, you have 14 days to read it and then it disappears.