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Adult Summer Reading Program 2012 Winner

Congrats to Jill Wiess, this year's Adult Summer Reading Program winner at Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library!  Jill was randomly chosen among Freeman's adult customers who completed the ASRP to receive a $30 Amazon gift card.  Jill is an avid reader and has participated in the summer reading program for the last two years.  Jill appreciated this year's more social approach for logging completed titles, which allowed those registered to share with others what they were reading.  Jill owns a Kindle Touch and has enjoyed and made plenty of use of our digital collection, as have many of our customers this summer.  No doubt she'll enjoy her ereader even more thanks to the Amazon gift card!  Congratulations again to you, Jill!

Writing Independent Screenplays at Freeman Branch Library

If you've ever wondered about the craft of writing a screenplay, then you'll want to be at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library on Wednesday, August 29th, at 7:00 P.M.!  In partnership with the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival, scheduled for Thursday, September 13th, through Sunday, September 16th, local producer and screenwriter Michelle Mower will present a free program on the ins-and-outs of putting together a screenplay for independent film. Mower is heavily involved and credited within the Texas film community, and her debut film, The Preacher’s Daughter, is scheduled to premiere on the Lifetime Movie Network on August 31st of this year.  Be sure and join us for this interesting and informative session!

Blu-ray discs now available

Did you know you can now check out or request Blu-ray discs from the library? We only have a couple so far, but they'll gradually be showing up in the collection over the next several months, and they'll all eventually be placed at the end of the DVDs, which are shelved downstairs. They'll also follow the same rules as DVDs, with only one exception.  In order to check them out, all you have to do is grab the case from the shelf, bring it to the customer service desk, and have the staff select the disc and check it out to you with the case.  If you like, you can search "blu ray" on our catalog or click here  to see what's coming!
 

Friends of Freeman Trustees 2012-13

Our cherished Friends of Freeman Library recently approved their Board of Trustees members for 2012-13.  Pictured above from left to right, starting with the back row, are Bert Hurst, John Lottinville, Elizabeth Scott, Larry Arnhold, Dick Kidder, Brian Kissell, Martha Daniel, Walter Bricker, Robert W. Mitchell, and Jay Cross; front row, Katherine Hill, Kathy Ericksen, Karen Akkerman, Barbara Garner, Blanche Stastny, Kris Kissell, and Carolyn Foutch.  If you would like to be a part of such an outstanding group that supports and promotes the cause of our library, click here or ask us next time you're here!  

Volunteer Luncheon 2012

Library staff and the Friends of Freeman recently held our annual volunteer luncheon, where we recognized our wonderful, irreplaceable volunteers, such as these pictured above, with mock paycheck certificates.  All in all, our volunteers' combined efforts at Freeman Library for the previous fiscal year were valued at nearly $200,000!  What a contribution!  If you would like to be a part of a group that both loves the library and enjoys freely giving back to the community, become a volunteer today!

Pictured left to right: Oras Ann Salibo, Mary Elizabeth Humphrey, Gail Gleckler, Susana Udengaard, Bill Ohsie, Barbara Barlow

Join Friends of Freeman!

What is one of the best ways you can support library?  By joining the Friends of Freeman Library!  This generous and indispensable group loves the library so much that they freely give of their time to raise funds for our programs, collections, and services.  One of the  ways they do this is through the bookstore immediately to your right as soon as you walk in the front doors of the library.  They also accept other donations from the public on behalf of the library and volunteer their assistance with a variety of jobs throughout our departments.  

National Library Week

This week has been National Library Week, but based on our statistics over the last fiscal year, you might think that you, the patrons, have made every week a celebration of the library!

Did you know that from March 2011 through February 2012, Freeman Library . . . 

  • - Circulated over 1 million items
  • - Registered over 80,000 new library cards
  • - Offered 1,300 programs with almost 40,000 attendants
  • - Logged over 5 million minutes of public computer use

Those are amazing numbers!  Thank you, our patrons, for demonstrating that libraries still matter!

Freeman Library at the Crawfish Festival

Staff from the library had the opportunity this past weekend both to volunteer in and promote the library at the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Crawfish Festival and Gumbo Cookoff.  If you didn't see us there, be sure and look for us at other local community events in the near future to find out about everything the library can do for you!  

Estates, Probate, Wills, and Family Law

Did you miss the legal program offered here at the library a couple of weeks ago?  No problem!  We got it on video for you right here!  See part 1 of "Estates, Probate, Wills and Family Law," presented by local lawyer Steven Byers below, or visit our YouTube channel to see all parts of the program! 

Wills, probate, estates & family law

Are you putting together a will or do you intend to do so at some point?  Do you have questions about estates, probate or family law?  Do you appreciate free legal advice?  If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then you need to be here Monday, September 19th, at 1:30 P.M.!  Stephen Byers, a local lawyer, will be in the downstairs Community Room to address questions or concerns you have about any of these topics.  Don't miss it! 

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