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Les Cockrell: ‘Library Larry’ fans invited to celebrate 30th episode

Glen McKenzie, outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Denton South, right, presents Brian Glenn with his Rotarian of the Year award.Courtesy photo
Glen McKenzie, outgoing president of the Rotary Club of Denton South, right, presents Brian Glenn with his Rotarian of the Year award.
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Fans of Library Larry’s Big Day are invited to help celebrate the monthly television show’s 30th episode, titled “The Larry Awards,” by tuning in during July and August.

The program started in February 2010, and the partnership between Denton Television, the Denton Public Library and the Denton school district has won numerous awards of its own. Honors have included a first-place win from the Texas Association of Telecommunications Operators and Advisors, a Branding Iron Award from the Texas Library Association and the Margaret Irby Nichols Award from the North Texas Regional Library System.

The host for the 30th episode will be Mr. Chompers, a hippo and local television star. The show features a song by Library Larry, and awards are given in categories including best joke, best book and best “Puppet on the Street” segment.

The episode will air at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily throughout July and August on DTV (Charter channel 26, Verizon channel 38, and Grande channel 12). The episode, as well as clips of past shows, can be viewed at

For more information, call 940-349-8758 or visit .



Club announces Rotarian of the Year, grant awards

Brian Glenn was named Rotarian of the Year for the Rotary Club of Denton South and for Rotary District 5790, according to an announcement.

Glenn serves as a captain with Denton Fire Department, the announcement stated. He is actively involved with the Rotary Club’s international service team and has made trips to Nicaragua to build schools and medical facilities. He also is a supporter of Shelter Box, an international charity that provides temporary shelters following disasters.

The award was presented during the club’s annual banquet. Members also presented grants of $10,000 to Denton County Friends of the Family and $7,500 to both Court Appointed Special Advocates of Denton County and Interfaith Ministries. During the last year, the club awarded grants worth more than $72,000 to local charities.

The club raises money through its flag program, putting out more than 1,500 flags at businesses and residences through the city on designated “flag days.”

The club meets at 6:45 a.m. Tuesdays at Oakmont Country Club, located at 1200 Country Club Drive in Corinth.



Production to make appearance at library

Denton Community Theatre RoadShow performers will present “Get a Clue ... at the Library!” at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane.

The small cast will narrate and act out several stories, songs and/or poems using puppets, audience participation and traditional theatrical conventions with a minimum of props and costumes, according to a news release from the library.

The program is made possible by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Seating is limited, and free tickets will be available at each library starting an hour before show time on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact Stacey Irish-Keffer, public services librarian, at 940-349-8718 or .



Advance tickets for musical available online

Advance tickets for A Shakespearean Tale, an original musical by Shelby Cranfill staged by youngsters from the local area, are now available at

Online tickets cost $3 for adults and $1 for ages 16 and younger. Tickets at the door will cost $5 for adults and $1 for ages 16 and younger.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Selwyn College Preparatory School, 3333 W. University Drive in Denton.

Cranfill has written numerous musicals that have been performed by church groups and home school groups, according to a news release.



Library to host program on electronic media

The Denton Public Library will offer a come-and-go session to help patrons explore electronic media from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St.

Residents are invited to bring their electronic reading devices and learn how to browse the library’s collection and checkout e-books, audio books and other electronic media.

For more information and to register, call 940-349-8749 or e-mail .



Blood drive set at Denton church on Saturday

An American Red Cross community blood drive is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 300 W. Oak St. in Denton.

A photo ID is required to donate, and potential donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Walk-ins are welcome.

 For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log onto and search by ZIP code.



Annual high school reunion to begin Friday

The 14th annual Fred Douglas-Fred Moore High School Reunion is planned Friday through Sunday, organizers have announced.

The theme of the event is “Facing the Future in Higher Levels of Education.”

Registration and a continental breakfast will be at 9 a.m. Friday at the American Legion Hall, 600 Lakey St. in Denton. Registration will remain open until 2 p.m.

Also planned Friday at the American Legion Hall are an association meeting at 11 a.m., a fashion show and picnic at 6 p.m. and a dance at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s activities will begin with a parade at 10 a.m. and a banquet and dance are planned at the Denton Holiday Inn, 1434 Centre Place Drive. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight.

A 3 p.m. church service is planned Sunday at St. Emanuel Baptist Church.

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