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Library Snapshot Day

Wednesday, October 31st, was designated by the Texas Library Association as Library Snapshot Day, a day during which libraries across the state gather data and photographs of a typical day in order to promote Texas libraries.  Here at Freeman, there were over 100 people in attendance for story times, computer classes, and English as a Second Language sessions, over 300 reference questions answered, and over 1,200 items checked out!  Not too shabby for a random day!  Take a look at just a few pictures of the day's activities here.

Free Homework Help Survey

Would you or your child or teen be interested in free homework help at the library?  We would like to know!  Please take a moment to complete this survey and let us know if you or your child would take part in such a service were it offered.

 

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Telling Your Story With Light and Lenses

In partnership with the Gulf Coast Film & Video Festival (September 13th-16th), Freeman Library will host this free program on Wednesday, September 5th, at 7:00 PM featuring local cinematographer Larry McKee, who has worked with Hollywood personalities such as Woody Harrelson, Danny Trejo, and Owen Wilson.  McKee's television credits also include productions for PBS, The Discovery Channel, and FOX.  If you’d love to learn about the camera, one of the most essential elements in the craft of filmmaking, then don’t miss this program!
 

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!

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