Barbara D Hathaway
The Bee Cave Public Library is hosting its merry annual Merry Making Saturday event on December 3rd from 2pm to 4pm. This year we’re celebrating “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with readings from the classic Dr. Seuss story and much more of Grinchy fun. Visit Whoville at the library and look out for a certain town manager who has a special appearance as the Grinch. We have live music from Strawbitty Yops, a fun local band with music for kids and their adults, and all kinds of fun crafts.
After the library event, grab a bite to eat or do some Christmas shopping at the Hill Country Galleria. Stay at the rink for a 5:30pm figure skating demonstration before Mayor Kara King and the Grinch light the annual Christmas tree. All Whos in Whoville are welcome.
programs for adults
Join us on December 7th at 1pm for What’s New Wednesday to learn about Asian herbal and spice teas with local life coach and artist Surapsari. She will introduce us to tea preparation in different Asian cultures. Participants create their own herbal tea blend and taste it during the free hour-long class. In January, What’s New Wednesday features performance and express artist Aron Taylor in a parody of police forensics. In his role as an officer, Taylor will attempt to discover the culprit of a dastardly act by questioning the audience to create a composite sketch of the suspect. Who will it be?
The Bee Cave Book Club meets Thursday, December 8th at 7pm to discuss the bestselling novel Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles. In January, book club meetings move to a new night, the second Wednesday of each month, beginning January 11 at 7:00 p.m. The group will discuss Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library. New members are always welcome and encouraged to participate even if they have not finished reading the book.
programs for children
Family Storytime takes place Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:30am to 11:00am with storytelling, singing and more in a highly interactive program best suited for children ages 1 to 5. Registration is required for these sessions. Baby Bumblebees is our Lapsit program designed to teach babies to read and write from birth up to one year old. It takes place on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. No registration is required for baby story time. Please see our online calendar for details or call the library at 512.767.6620. Family Storytime and Baby Bumblebees will continue through mid-December before pausing for the holidays.
A special post-holiday session of BeeTweens, our program for children in grades 4-6, will include a comedy workshop with author Wendi Aarons on January 21 from 2-3pm. Third graders are also invited to attend this special session of BeeTweens learn the basics of joke telling with Wendi, whose novel Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian,“ has been flying off bookshelves since its release last spring. Aarons was the lead writer on Lake Travis Reads’ “An Evening with the Author” last month, where she shared her hilarious new memoir, “I’m Wearing Tunics Now.”,” a story about her journey of self-acceptance in middle age. She has given humor workshops to hundreds of school children across the country and we are delighted to have her for this special event. No registration is required.
Auto show a complete success
The Rolling Sculpture Car Show had another successful event last month with more than 175 cars lining the streets of the Hill Country Galleria in the annual fundraiser benefiting the Friends of Bee Cave Public Library. The show grossed more than $8,500 that year, bringing the total raised for the library in the show’s 14-year history to more than $101,000.
Celebrity announcers Jason “Shag” Arrington from the TV series “Iron Resurrection” and Bob “The Bobfather” Fonseca from KLBJ-FM radio mingled with the crowd and presented the trophies to 26 proud winners. Sponsors this year included Hill Country Galleria, Jerry Dixons Automotive and Klassic Kar Center, All Star Burger, Becki and Gregg Russell, Kayla Williams DiNardo Farmers Insurance, Ben Archer State Farm Insurance and QualTech Automotive-Bee Cave. Dozens of volunteers from the RSCS Organizing Committee, 12 Kings Car Club, Friends of the Library and the Teen Advisory Board all helped make the event a smashing success.
Funds raised from the annual auto show have supported library programs including the Books and Bees Festival, performers for our summer reading program, scholarships for teen volunteers and more. To see photos of this year’s winners and photos of all the cars, visit rollingsculpturecarshow.com.
For more information on library programs and services, please visit our new website at beecavelibrary.com or call 512.767.6620.
Barbara D. Hathaway is director of the Bee Cave Public Library.