Posted by : April 10, 2014| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTS–The Library at Cedar Creek Lake staff and volunteers hosted 110 second grade students from Eustace Primary recently for an interactive tour of the many research and fun learning materials to be discovered at the library.
“We’ve been trying to reach out to the schools to make them aware of the resources available here,” library director Sondra Price said of the visit.
“We also want the Head Start parents in the area to know about the English as a Second Language program we have here, along with GED and literacy programs,” she added. “The library is a great community resource on so many levels.”
The second graders spent nearly two hours experiencing a variety of things the library offers, starting with a special program brought to them by Kaufman County Urban Forester Pam Corder.
She helped the students to realize just how important trees are to our lives, so they won’t be taken for granted or mistreated.
Students got to express some of the facts they learned about trees in a craft project following Corder’s presentation.
The library offers just such educational and entertaining programs weekly throughout the summer to peak curiosity on a variety of subjects, which can all be explored in more depth through its informational resources on the shelves and online.
Small groups of students were lead on mini scavenger hunts for particular book titles, videos and audio books, while other students explored the online resources.
•eBooks, downloadable to tablets using your library card number.
• the Learning Express Library, which offers homework helps.
• A to Z maps, Global Road Warrior, and A to Z USA, which can be accessed with the user name – sevenpoints and password – library.
• TexShare Databases, include resources from any library in the state, and finally
• the library’s own database at www.cedarcreeklibrary.com.
“We do have a lot of databases and get homework help with eBooks for kids for their tablets. If they can’t get to the library and if they have their library card they can still check out books through the library,” Price noted.
“We hope to start these students as library users so they’ll want to visit often, especially during our summer reading programs,” Price said. “Much thought and effort are put into bringing educational programs to the area’s young people. We want them to be able to take full advantage of these opportunities.”
The library has 12 Internet computers and some laptop computers used in the various educational programs it offers to independent learners. The library also provides free WiFi access for those with tablets, smart phones and laptop computers.
Volunteer opportunities also abound for adults and teens.
“Teens who are working to graduate as Distinguished Scholars, need a certain number of volunteer hours. The library is a great place to volunteer,” Price said.
Currently, DECA club teens are operating The Greater Good tutoring program. There are also many other opportunities for teens who want to volunteer here, she added.
The library works with around 20 adult volunteers, not including the 15 board members. Volunteers are always needed for smooth and efficient operations.
Eustace Primary teacher Kim Temple said the teachers were thrilled for the opportunity to bring their classes to the library.
“In second grade, we not only want to develop reading skills but we want to instill a lifelong love of reading. We are hoping our kids visit the library and enjoy the summer program offered,” she said.
“Our kids thoroughly enjoyed the planned activities and especially the opportunity to learn how to look up their books. The popcorn and juice were an added bonus! Our students came back excited about using the information they learned about trees,” she added.
“We are definitely hoping to include a trip to the library next year. A great well organized trip!”
The Library at Cedar Creek Lake is located at 410 E. Cedar Creek Parkway, Seven Points, Texas 75143 and its telephone is (903) 432-4185.
Posted by : March 13, 2014| On :
Trips, elegant dinners and 1929 Mercedes Benz to be auctioned>
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Library at Cedar Creek Lake and its more than 12,000 monthly patrons are anticipating great community support for its Denim & Diamonds VI fundraiser Saturday, March 29 at the Cedar Creek Country Club.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with a silent and live auction, fine dining, dancing and serious socializing.
Later in the evening, guests will be treated a dual-plated seated dinner prepared by Chef Andy Jacobs and his staff featuring a baby mesclun green and strawberry salad with balsamic vinegar dressing, Prime New York strip steak bordelaise, chicken cordon bleu, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli florets in maitre’d butter and almonds, and classic French silk chocolate mousse. Complimentary wine and soft drinks will be served throughout the evening.
Dallas-Fort Worth WFAA Channel 8 recently retired nightly news anchor Gloria Campos is returning as Celebrity Mistress of Ceremonies.
Chris Quinn will serve as Master of Ceremonies and Favorite Things will provide music for dancing and listening enjoyment.
This year’s live and silent auctions will be exciting and full of values.
If dining, adventure or travel offers intrigue or interests you; it will be fantastic.
Among the trips to be auctioned are those to sail on Dennis Connor’s America’s Cup Yacht in San Diego, a houseboat vacation on Lake Ouachita, Ark., a Napa Valley vacation, fishing in Colorado, Puget Sound or Florida, a golf vacation on Kiawah Island and a luxury vacation and historical tour of Charleston, S.C.
Dining items include dinner in your home prepared by Jacobs, a similar event prepared by Condon Bleu Chef Helayne Wendel, a New England style clambake at the home of Christy and Larry Spiegel and a “Night in Provence at Cedar Creek Lake” at the Triple N Ranch prepared by French Chef Francoise Olive, who will be flown in from the Luberon, and an Italian wine tasting for 30 people hosted by Dan Peabody of Castello Banfi.
Deer hunters will be fascinated by the hunter’s package consisting of a fiberglass deer blind by Dillon Manufacturing of Athens, a feeder and a remote sensing camera.
A 1929 Mercedes Benz Gazelle Replicar should provide some excitement in the bidding along with a 2004 BMW Z-4 convertible. It is the ultimate in personal transportation.
Repeat sponsors from previous D&D events include Sun Commercial Roofing (Barbara Webster), Johnette and Gil Betts, Nan and Ed Creel, Christy and Larry Spiegel, Sandy and Buzzy Hale, Tri-County Ford, John Dees, Sue Brown, Southside Bank, Baywood Storage (Sue and Jim Romer), The Cottage by Charlie & Company, AAA Storage (Al Conant), Emergicon, Big Daddy’s Flea Market (Shirley and Larry Hart), Mary and Ray Adams, and Elegant Concrete Surfaces (Jim Taylor).
First time sponsors include Insource Real Estate (Patty and Scott Felton), Diane and Rick Beamon, Jane and Steve Shorrock, Karen and Stan Fernald, and Cherry and Phil Ringley.
Posted by : March 9, 2014| On :
SEAGOVILLE–In the early morning sun Feb. 22, community residents, and the volunteers and staff of the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center cleaned a two mile section of FM 1389 South leading to the City of Combine.
The center’s third annual highway cleanup had 21 participants making up four teams.
Each team tackled a one mile section of the highway picking up bottles, cans, tires, toys, cookbooks, construction material and many other unique finds.
After the cleanup, the volunteers gathered back at the Wetland Center for a pizza lunch and to vote on the most unique item found that day.
This year, Barbara Walker Elementary School student Katy Guerin made the best find with a complete set of Barbie Toys, shoes included.
The volunteers who helped in this event are greatly appreciated. Next year’s clean up will be held the third Saturday in February.