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Out in front

It's good to know that the Wimberley Village Library is out there on the cutting edge in terms of library innovation.
Brookings has published a report on how libraries are changing to meet new demands from their communities.
We seem to fit into the category of libraries that are pushing the envelope, so to speak, to not only provide traditional services but others, as well.
For example, just check out all the programs we are offering in April alone. There's something for everyone.
Here's what the Brookings report had to say about libraries. See if you don't see us fitting into the group of early innovators.

A reason public libraries are seen as such important third-place institutions is that they and their librarians have gradually taken on other functions well beyond lending out books. In many communities, librarians are also ad hoc social workers and navigators. They help local people figure out the complexities of life, from navigating the health system to helping those with housing needs. This “go-to” role has influenced library programming and events, with libraries providing advice and connections to health, housing, literacy, and other areas.

Other sectors, such as health care, increasingly see public libraries as a critical link to a community.

New neighbors

The big news in this part of Wimberley these days is our new neighbor.
It's a red food truck that has signs saying it specializes in Cajun, Texan and Asian food.
The truck's been open for about 10 days after that property right across from the library on RR 2325 was  cleared of everything but a home foundation.
And just about every time I've looked out or been by there, the proprietors have had a "Sold Out" sign out front.
Business must be good.
Goodness knows we can use some good food alternatives in Wimberley. We have a new food truck over on RR 12 across from Ace Hardware. I haven't tried that one. And someone has opened a cafeteria in the gas station down by the funeral home.
The other day the taco shop inside the Shamrock Station on RR12 was closed. I hope that's not permanent, and I hope that's not because of new immigration crackdowns, although I guess it could be.
So, change is happening here in this small town in the Hill Country.
Come check it out.

What's not to like ...

I had not thought to catalog books quite in the manner used by Jamie Canaves over at the Book Riot website.
I want to step gingerly around this subject for fear of setting her off in another direction, which is not at all what I intend. I do not want to be even collateral damage.
So, I offer her newest list of must-read books with no comment other than her own introduction.
The title of her piece is "100 Must-Read Books With Unlikeable Women."
I am not sure who must read these books.
I will not.
Here's what she has to say about them:
"Sometimes it honestly feels like a woman is unlikable just for breathing, which is why I welcome with open arms all the unlikable women flooding into publishing. They refuse to be boxed into the idea of what girls, women, mothers, sisters, and girlfriends should be. They refuse to smile through their problems, to not be a burden, to make the right decisions, to play nice. They are human. They are hot messes. They have mental illnesses, are addicts, are aggressive, violent, complicated, and flawed. They are many times products of abuse and/or gaslighting. Sometimes they are killers. Sometimes they are just unlikable. Many times I love them. I learn from them. They always remind me we are not a monolith. We are allowed to be flawed. If it’s not a man’s job to be liked it is not a woman’s."

Our polluted oceans

Last month some of our library patrons launched a new program to feature documentary movies and to discuss them after viewing.
That first movie night attracted more than 40 people, which made it a big success.
Our second movie night is this Tuesday, April 3.
The evening starts with a "healthy potluck" at 6:30 with the showing of "Plastic Ocean" to follow.
"Plastic Ocean" is billed as being about "the consequences of our disposable lifestyle.
The whole shebang is free of charge. So come join us!

Who reviews?

A friend of mine from another "life" won an award this past weekend for her criticism published in a smaller daily newspaper elsewhere in Texas.
I'm proud for her because there is so much competition in that circulation bracket.
I'm also proud of me because I hired her back many years ago, and then much later I moved on. She stayed put and has done well.
The pieces of criticism for which she won the award were almost assuredly movies and music and live entertainment. They were most assuredly not for book reviews.
That newspaper doesn't publish book reviews any more. In fact, most newspapers don't publish book reviews any more.
I wonder if there is a single daily newspaper in Texas that regularly publishes a book review page or pages.
Know of any? Let me know.
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