End of the summer reading program

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Barbara D. Hathaway

We’ve had such a busy and fun summer at Bee Cave with our Western-themed ‘Reading Roundup’ summer reading program, returning to all in-person programs for the first time since 2019.

World champion trick roper Kevin Fitzpatrick and his horse Romeo got us started, drawing over 350 people to the plaza in front of the library for an incredible display of rope tricks and whipping. The following week, the library held an offsite “Reading Rodeo” at Star Hill Ranch with crafts, games and music for all ages amid historic buildings carefully restored to recreate an early-style town. from the 1900s.

The following weeks included programs designed for specific ages ranging from toddlers to teenagers, culminating in our ever popular ‘Star Party’. Held in the evening at the Old Bee Cave School House with members of the Austin Astronomical Society who brought their telescopes, the event offered families a chance to see the skies above Bee Cave and learn more on the city’s quest to affiliate with the International Dark Ciel Association.

A young boy gazes up at the sky during the library's Star Party.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the latest summer reading event, our first-ever bike rodeo on Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to noon in the plaza outside the library. The program is for all ages and no registration is required. Saddle up these two-wheelers and bring your bike or scooter for a fun bike obstacle course. Beat the heat with a free popsicle and watch a unicyclist perform. No bike? No problem. This outdoor family event has something for everyone, including crafts and bubbles.

The annual summer reading program has been a mainstay of the public library service for a hundred years, designed to encourage children to read for pleasure and minimize the “summer slide” often experienced during the break so that children can return to school in the fall without missing a beat. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and Friends of the Library, the library provided personalized “bee” bandanas to everyone who participated this year. Both children and adults were encouraged to log their read minutes or books on the Beanstack app to become eligible to win prizes just for reading. Children received a special prize after reading their first 500 minutes in the form of a personalized ‘Wanted’ poster hung on the library’s ‘Wall of Honour’, as well as their own copy to take home. Forty lucky kids will receive a $25 gift card from Learning Express Toys, and 22 teens and adults will receive a card for a local restaurant or store, including favorites like All Star Burger, the League, Dillard’s, fab’rik and Moreover. The last day to register your reading on Beanstack is Monday, July 25, so don’t delay. Winners will be announced and posted on our website on July 30.

We would like to thank the following sponsors and partners who made this summer so special for everyone through their generosity: Hill Country Galleria, Friends of Bee Cave Public Library, Toothbud Pediatric Dentistry; Learn Bee Cave express toys; fab’rik; Schdmidt Family Grill; Tony C’s; and Jules Design Bar.

Beat the heat with free streaming

As we’re all looking for ways to stay out of the heat, don’t forget about all the free resources available at your favorite public library. Access Video: Just for Kids is a streaming service available on the library’s website with age-appropriate educational content for children of all ages. As well as streaming classic shows such as “Reading Rainbow”, “Redwall” and “Wild Kratts”, Access Video offers lightly animated picture books, homework help for kids who want to learn more about a particular topic and videos for world language beginners. There is something here for every curious child. We also have the Access Videostreaming service for adults, which offers over 42,000 documentaries, independent films and instructional videos. Log into either service with your library card number and start watching.

The Bee Cave Public Library is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit our website at beecavetexas.gov/city-government/library or call 512.767. 6620.

Barbara D. Hathaway is the director of the Bee Cave Public Library.

Barbara D. Hathaway
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