Mission: Keep children engaged and reading over the summer break. Status: Accomplished.

The Summer Reading Program came to an end last week with Lowes Build It program. Always one of the more popular programs, this year we had a crowd of more than 100 in the community center. Participants had a choice of four kits to choose from and build, which included a birdhouse, fire truck, planter and science kit. We would like to thank Lowes for keeping us building these past five years.

Thanks to the EMERGE team from the Crisis Center we were able to offer two new Storytime/book discussion groups. Elementary-age children met Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and middle school children came on Thursdays at 4 pm. Both groups worked on the principles taught in the EMERGE (Educating Minds on Empathy, Relationships, Gender, and Equality) program.

One of the highlights of this summer was having the TAME Trailblazer visit. TAME is an acronym for Texas Alliance of Minorities in Engineering. More than 100 kids and adults came through to enjoy the hands-on exhibits that taught participants about energy, space, weather, biotechnology and aerodynamics while also introducing them to educational and career opportunities in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math.)

The summer of 2016 was busy but fun and already we look forward to exciting programming for next year.

Children headed back to school last week and the library staff settles in to a less hectic routine of usual programming. Preschool Storytime is on a much-needed hiatus but will resume again at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Beginning computer classes for adults continues every Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. This class is geared to folks needing to refresh rusty skills, seniors seeking to connect online or anyone seeking basic computer knowledge. Skills taught include how to safely surf the internet, sending and receiving email, and the basic components of a computer. Space is limited and we ask participants to call and register.

The Anime Club meets every second and fourth Wednesday here at the library. Ages 14-and-up are invited to discuss anime, assist with teen programming and help us develop our very popular graphic novel section. Watch for the Anime Club in the upcoming Fall der All parade.

New arrivals in adult fiction and nonfiction wait to be picked up on our new rack. We have all five seasons of Game of Thrones on DVD, a large selection of books on audio CD and new arrivals in both Young Adult and Children’s.

Come see what we have for you at the Van Alstyne Public Library.