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Les Cockrell: Pair of programs sets focus on stars, gazers

Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St., will have two programs presented by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in its Mobile Noble Planetarium on Saturday.

A 3 p.m. program, “Take Me to the Stars,” is for children ages 7 and older and will offer a connection with ancient civilizations by sharing the folklore of the stars that still sparks imaginations today.

Seating is limited, and free tickets will be available starting an hour before show time on a first-come, first-served basis.

A 4 p.m. program, titled “Mayan Prophesies,” is for young people ages 11 through 17 and will take participants on a visit to the Mayan cities of Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Tikal and Palenque to discover how the Mayan people aligned their temples to watch the sky and used interlocking calendars to record the past and try to predict the future.

Seating is limited, and free tickets will be available starting an hour before show time on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about either program, contact Dana Tucker, public services librarian, at 940-349-8715 or , or visit .



Program to examine the role of public libraries in America

Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, will play host to a talk examining the role of public libraries in America at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Dr. Keith Swigger, professor of information and library studies at Texas Woman’s University, will speak about the unique history of public libraries in America, including the relationship between people and public libraries and the role public libraries have had in shaping our culture. Swigger holds degrees in library and information science, American history and American culture.

The program is part of the Denton Public Library’s 75th anniversary celebration.

For more information, call 940-349-8752 or e-mail .



Series of events planned at Lake Cities Library

The Lake Cities Library will sponsor a visit by a singing poet, a teen drum circle and a book signing by a local author this week.

A Summer Reading Club event featuring “The Singing Poet Guy,” Lawrence J. Clark, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lake Dallas City Hall, 212 Main St. in Lake Dallas.

The library will play host to a teen drum circle with Mark Shelton at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Space is limited, and those interested should sign up at the library circulation desk.

Author Janelle Rogers will visit the library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of her work.

The Lake Cities Library is located at 302 S. Shady Shores Drive in Lake Dallas. For more information, call 940-497-3566.



Hope and Healing Service planned at Denton church

A special Hope and Healing Service dedicated to the area’s service men and women is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Morse Street Baptist Church in Denton.

Organizers said the community is invited to attend the service and the luncheon that will follow.

The service will feature music performed by various church choirs and vocalists as well as messages of encouragement and thanksgiving.

A quilt featuring the American flag and logos from various military branches will be displayed.

Morse Street Baptist Church is located at 921 Morse St.

For more information, visit .



Oak Point announces plans for annual Freedom Fest

The city of Oak Point will celebrate Independence Day with its annual Freedom Fest event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Jake’s Place Park, located at 100 Naylor Road.

The event will get under way with a parade, and participants will begin lining up at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to show their patriotic spirit by wearing or decorating their parade entry in colors of red, white and blue. Prizes will be awarded in several categories.

After the parade, refreshments, including hot dogs, brisket sandwiches, chips and frozen drinks, will be served at the park. The Gary Anderson Band will perform, and other activities will include a car show, a water slide, games, a pie baking contest and much more. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs.

More information about the car show can be found at .

Volunteers are needed to help with the event.

More information about Freedom Fest is available by calling Amy Bockes, city secretary, at 972-294-2312 or by visiting .



Traveling exhibit to visit Lewisville Public Library

A national traveling exhibit titled “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” will be on display beginning Saturday through July 31 at the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville.

The library will kick off the exhibit from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday with a public event featuring a presentation by Dr. Kenneth Stevens, professor of history at Texas Christian University. That will be followed by “Songs the Soldiers Sang,” a performance of Civil War music by historian Joe Walker.

The exhibit examines how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War — the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties — none of which were clearly addressed in the nation’s founding charter, according to a news release.

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lewisville is one of only two stops in North Texas for the exhibit, and the only one this year.

The traveling exhibition features informative panels, including photographic reproductions of original documents such as a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.

For more information, visit  or call 972-219-3779.

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