Library wins statewide award for Candyland outdoor game

Barbara D. Hathaway

The Texas Library Association recently announced that the Bee Cave Public Library won the Wayne Williams Project of the Year award for last year’s life-size outdoor play Candyland offered for four weekends at the height of the pandemic. . Using our Central Park, Sculpture Park, a trail near the Hill Country Galleria and Galleria plaza, the library’s Candyland offered families a way to spread out safely and enjoy fun activities at each location based on the classic children’s game.

“Candyland has brought our community together during a difficult time,” said Gretchen Hardin, the library’s public services manager. “It helped us remind Bee Cave of the joy the library can bring to people’s lives and allowed people to explore the city in a new way.”

Summer reading in person again

After two summers of mostly online programming, Bee Cave Library is delighted to announce Reading Roundup, our 2022 summer reading program designed to encourage children, teens and adults to read during the summer. By keeping children reading and engaged in learning over the summer, the program helps children maintain the literacy and achievement gains they have made over the school year and avoid the learning loss known as the “summer slide”.

Readers of all ages are encouraged to download the Beanstack Tracker app and log their minutes online – it’s free and easy. Parents can track their own reads and their kids’ minutes through one account, and all family members can be eligible to win prizes just for reading. In keeping with a long-standing tradition at the Bee Cave Library, children who read at least 500 minutes can have their photo turned into a poster to hang on the library wall this summer and receive their own copy to take home.

A variety of fun programs are planned for June and July, ranging from a rope ride to help us kick off our Western theme on June 1, to an outdoor bike rodeo on July 30. The library is teaming up with Star Hill Ranch for an exciting reading rodeo. at the Western-themed venue on June 8 from 10 a.m. to noon with crafts, games and songs in the old Bee Cave. The library will be closed that morning so everyone can enjoy themselves at Star Hill Ranch. The event is free and fun for all ages with no registration required.

In addition to outdoor events open to everyone, the library will offer in-person programs at the library aimed at specific age groups who will require free registration to attend. Detailed information will soon be available on the library’s website, or pick up a calendar to keep at home so you don’t miss any important dates.

Story time resumes inside

After a pandemic-friendly outdoor run at Bee Cave Central Park for the past few months, Story Time with Mrs. Meliss and the Bee Cave Bee is back at the library starting May 17. The 20-25 minute program takes place Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. on the second floor, and is best suited for children up to 5 years old. Registration is required and opens one week before each story time. We ask each family to sign up for just one story hour per week to make the program accessible to more families.

The book and bee festival is a success

The first “Book and Bee Festival” took place on the last Saturday in April and was a resounding success. With author talks and panel discussions at City Hall as well as The Hive and Barnes & Noble, there was something interesting for readers of all ages.

Children make bee headbands at the Festival of Books and Bees.

Outside on the lawn we had arts and crafts and games for kids, bee education from a local beekeeper, free wildflower seeds and planting instructions, and a children’s concert , as well as book sales by Barnes & Noble and gifts by the Friends of the Library, this year’s major sponsor. Over 1,500 people attended the festival, with many expressing amazement at such a unique event in our small town. We hope to bring back books and bees next year and make this an annual event.

Teen council completes service project

The library’s teen advisory board has done a service project for the past few months by building a “book nook” for the Southwest Trails Learning Center at the nonprofit Foundation Communities site in Oak Hill. After organizing a community-wide book drive, the teens collected over 50 new books and visited the learning center to spend time with the children it serves. With funds donated by the Friends of the Bee Cave Library, the group donated a bookcase and bean bag chairs along with the book collection to create a welcoming space for children after school.

Teen volunteers honored

In another longstanding tradition, the Friends of Bee Cave Public Library awarded scholarships totaling $3,000 to four graduate seniors who volunteered hundreds of hours of service to the library. The scholarship winners were Bane Maybury, Adithi Rao, Zoe May and Trey Homoya. Checks and certificates of appreciation were given to teens during the Fête des livres et des abeilles.

Library hours

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. During these hours, we invite you to come in and browse, attend a program, consult books and other materials, use public computers or a copier, or ask a librarian to suggest a new book to read. We continue to offer a contactless front door pickup service if you prefer that to an in-person visit. For more information, call us at 512.767.6620 or email [email protected]

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

Barbara D. Hathaway

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