For its fifth annual Keller Reads! One Book, One City program, the Keller Public Library presented two special events with New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard.
Chicago native, former journalist and author, Mitchard is best known for "The Deep End of the Ocean," the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club. Now a resident of Cape Cod, the award-winning author of more than a dozen works teaches creative writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her most recent book, "Two If By Sea," debuted March 15 and was the featured work of this year's program.
A suspenseful novel on a grand scale, “Two if by Sea” is about the best and worst in people, and the possibility of heroism and even magic in ordinary life. It follows American expat and former police officer Frank Mercy, who saves a child’s life as part of his volunteer rescue unit just hours after his wife and her entire family perish in the Christmas Eve tsunami in Brisbane. In that moment, Frank’s own life is transformed, and not long after deciding to sidestep the law and take the boy back to his Midwestern farm, Frank begins to believe Ian has an extraordinary, impossible telepathic gift.
Mitchard hosted a discussion of “Two If by Sea” from 3-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16 at the Keller Public Library. And at 6 p.m. that evening, fans listened to An Evening with Jacquelyn Mitchard at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club. Approximately 130 people attended the events. This was the Keller Public Library’s fifth annual One Book, One City event; in its premiere year, the program featured author Steve Berry and his bestseller “The Jefferson Key.” In 2013, the focus was on Marcia Clark's "Killer Ambition"; in 2014, Deborah Crombie’s “The Sound of Broken Glass”; and in 2015, Richard Russo's "Empire Falls."
The 2015 James Engle Library Supporter of the Year award goes to Judy Ingram, Secretary of the Friends of the Keller Library. Judy has been the secretary of the Friends group since 2004. She has shown exceptional commitment to supporting and promoting the Keller Public Library.
For a sixth consecutive year, the Keller Public Library has been honored with the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. The award recognizes library staff for their commitment to service and educational programming in our community.
Only 40 libraries from among the more than 560 public libraries statewide made the cut for this prestigious honor in 2015. The award is given annually to libraries that demonstrate service excellence in 10 areas:
"It's thrilling to share this award yet again with the incredible community our staff and patrons have created here at the library," Director Jana Prock said. "We serve more and more families each year, and it is a joy having the opportunity to share the gift of reading with patrons of all ages, interests and abilities."
The Keller Public Library kept busy during Fiscal Year 2014-15, assisting 226,211 patrons circulate 499,557 books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs and more. And with hundreds of events and programs annually focused on literacy, computer skills, arts and crafts, and storytelling, it's no surprise that membership also continues to grow. More than 28,100 Keller residents currently have a Keller Public Library card.
The Friends of the Keller Library is a registered non-profit organization consisting of dedicated individuals who care about our community and the future of our children and grandchildren. Our mission is to support the Keller Library in its efforts to provide access to information for life-long learning. To do this, we raise funds for the Keller Library, mainly, through our bookstore.
Monthly meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, usually at the Library.
Please stop by and check us out. Buy some books or donate some of your own for future resale. You will find bargains in every category.
Another way you can help us in our efforts is to become a volunteer. We need people to staff our store for two hours at a time- either 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays or Saturdays.
Also, consider becoming a member to show your support of the Friends and the community. You can be an active member (volunteer) or an inactive member. The choice is up to you. Click here to become a Friend of the Library.
Members of the Friends work all year to raise money. Although the bookstore is our main source of income, we do receive additional funds from membership dues, donations, grants and fund-raising events. The money is used to purchase items and programs for the library - things that would not be possible otherwise. We especially focus on children, providing materials and financial support for programs throughout the year.