There may be some typical shushing going on inside the Van Alstyne Library — that’s to be expected — but there’s also exciting oohs and ahhs heard much of the time. For 2016, those oohs and ahhs multiplied time and again, as people of all ages found themselves involved in a myriad of clubs and events and activities.


Library Director Judy Kimzey said that the library was granted $1,000 from the Dollar General Literacy Foundations this year. This proved the library with a nice facelift as well. Kimzey said the meeting room had its floor stripped and waxed, the walls painted and new shelving purchased by the Friends of the Library. The Children’s Area also has a new rug and an organizational rack for toys and puzzles.


There were Adult Computer Classes offered, with stories in the Van Alstyne Leader and local television news. This started off the year right, in January.


It was the year of parade floats and prizes, as well. The Anime Club, which meets at the Library, marched in the Fall der All Parade and hosted a game booth during Fall der All. The Anime Club also entered a float in the Christmas Parade, where they won the Best Use of theme, which was Picture Perfect Christmas.


The Friends of the Library hosted two books sales in 2016, Kimzey said, “and both were extremely successful.”


The 4th of July Friends of the Library breakfast had more than 100 people attending. Kimzey said it was “the largest on record.”


Then, on July 6, the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Trailblazer, a one-of-a-kind science museum on wheels, presented a program with 93 people attending.


The Library’s Summer Reading program had a total of 549 children and adults in attendance, and 70 young adults participated in summer activities and groups. The Library also hosted nine Emerge story times during the summer, with a total of 464 children and adults participating.


Then, in October, the library welcomed its new Children’s Specialist Sarah Garbers.


Lastly, in the accomplishment realm, Kimzey said that the library had all the yearbooks on their shelves digitized. That happened in April.


With all those improvements, new staff, and energy, it seems to become a “hide and watch” just to see what’s in store for 2017.


One can keep up with the Public Library’s activities Online at CityofVanAlstyne.us/departments/Library, go in for a visit at 151 W. Cooper, or call 903-482-5991. The hours are Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. til 6 p.m., Thursday from noon until 8 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


It seems energy like this just can’t be shushed.