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Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Little free library gets children’s books

Argyle Little Free Library recently received a donation of approximately 50 children’s books from Lantana resident Jennette Mears.

“All of the books are in almost new condition,” said Patti Smith, Argyle Little Free Library coordinator.

“Among the books donated are Caldecott Honor Books such as Taro Yashima’s Umbrella and Ruth Sawyer’s Journey Cake, Ho! with pictures by Robert McCloskey and several books from the Berenstain Bears collection by Stan and Jan Berenstain,” she said.

Smith says she appreciates the donation and that “we will load more children’s books into the libraries for summer reading.”

Locations for the Argyle Little Free Library, “Take-a-book-Leave-a-book” are: Real Estate Station, 702 U.S. Highway 377; Edward Jones, 100 Country Club Road No. 100; PointBank, 302 N. U.S. Highway 377; and Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

Pickleball Club season ends

The Argyle Intermediate School Pickleball Club wrapped up its season with a tournament last month.

The tourney winners were Joseph Walsh and Zachary Stewart, while Damian Hirschorn and Layne Hopper finished second.

This is the fifth year volunteers from Robson Ranch have taught the game of pickleball to students at Argyle Intermediate. The afterschool club began when the Robson Ranch volunteers demonstrated the sport during assemblies and then taught 14 physical education classes during a two-day period.

Club members practiced for an hour after school every Thursday until the tournament, which was held May 7.

In 1965, then-Washington state Rep. Joel Pritchard and Bill Bell, invented pickleball by creating the game from some broken badminton equipment and an old ball they found.

Their purpose of the game, similar to badminton, was to provide a sport the whole family could play together.

Since pickleball is a multi-generational sport, young and old can play, said Argyle Intermediate Pickleball Club director Ellen Gilgore, who added that Robson Ranch has a club with more than 200 members.

She asks that if anyone knows of a gym in the Argyle area where the sport can continue during the summer months to contact

Upcoming meetings

The Argyle Lions Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

For more information, contact Deborah Cottle at

The Argyle Senior Center will have its monthly luncheon at noon Friday, June 19, in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.

Those attending the luncheon are asked to bring a side dish or donate $4.

The Argyle Police Department will provide the meat for the meal.

The Senior Center meets in the Community Room every Wednesday and Friday, with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. Anyone 55 and older is welcome. For more information, call Stella McDaniel at 940-464-7438 or via email at


LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is She can be reached at