All posts by Kim Lehman

Transforming Books Into Pumpkins

News from Taylor Public Library
We decorated the Library for fall with pumpkins made from old books. My husband and his band saw are frequently called upon for such projects. You will kill your hand if you just cut pages with scissors. There are links to a couple of tutorials below.

There are just a few differences in construction I used.
1. Fat books are best. The more pages, the better the pages fans out.
2. Small is good—we cut away a lot of the book to make that rounded shape. If the pages are still too long a distance from the spine, they don’t fan out nicely.
3. There is orange spray paint just for paper or silk flowers with the brand name of Design Master—found at Hobby Lobby or Joann stores. It dries quick too.

Thanks Karen Ellis!

Online instructions for the basic techniques:

Next we will be trying Christmas trees from books using the same technique.

Lampasas Public Library Geeks Out!

Residents of Lampasas may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary — “geek.”
The Lampasas Public Library is participating in Geek the Library, a community-based public awareness campaign that features local educational material that introduces “geek” as a verb and encourages the public to talk about what they geek — whether it’s engineering, superheroes or art.
It highlights what people are passionate about, and how libraries support them. The campaign also serves to heighten awareness about the critical funding issues public libraries face.
“As the economic downturn slowly recovers, the Lampasas Public Library is here to support educational opportunities, job-searching resources and entertainment,” said Shanda Subia, Lampasas library director.
“While many people visit the library and understand our important role in the community, they may not know that libraries are just as at-risk for budget cuts and that local funding is heavily influenced by community members. We need your help to make sure the Lampasas Public Library does not become a statistic, like so many throughout the country that have had to close their doors,” said Ms Subia.
Public libraries play a special role in their communities, and the local library is no different,” the library director said.
“This fun, interactive campaign is a great tool that allows us to get out in the community and talk to people about what they geek, and how the library supports them in whatever that may be. This campaign will also help us determine how we might better serve our community.And many people still think of a library as a dusty old place with books, but libraries actually serve more as community centers these days. They are about not only information and education, but also recreation and connection.”
Library staff and volunteers will be on-site at local events to promote the campaign and to ask Lampasas residents what they geek. Campaign news and information is posted on the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Everyone is encouraged to follow the campaign on Flickr as well.
Look for the Lampasas Public Library Geek table at the upcoming College for Kids Kickoff Party May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lampasas County Higher Education Center, 208 E. Ave. B, near Badger Field.
“Share what you geek, and get some fun prizes,” said Ms. Subia.
Contact the library at 556-3251 for more information.
geek on

Jeanette Larson at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library

Jeanette Larson author of the book Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas, will be at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library (formerly known as the Bryan Public Library),  on Saturday, April 28th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The  address is 201 E. 26th St., Bryan, TX 77803. For more information call (979) 209-5600  All ages are welcome. Thanks to Kendra Perkins for this information.

Jeanette Larson