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Argyle’s Little Free Libraries offer good reads for Valentine’s Day

A reading community is a well-informed community, and Argyle’s Little Free Libraries have excellent choices for Valentine’s Day reading.

Little Free Libraries at The Real Estate Station, Edward Jones, Point Bank and Argyle Town Hall have numerous books for romance lovers by Danielle Steel (Jewels, The Wedding, Family Ties, and many more), Nora Roberts (Carolina Moon) and Mary Higgins Clark (No Place Like Home). Good mysteries by David Baldacci (The Collectors, Hour Game and more), along with John Grisham’s The Last Juror, as well as many children’s storybooks. Intermediate school readers’ will find copies of Argyle’s own mystery solving dog, Bo, the Famous Retriever, in each of the libraries.

“It is fun to reload books into the Little Free Libraries to see what books the Argyle community is reading and what books are being left behind for others to read,” said Patti Smith, Little Free Libraries coordinator. “Books provide us with a connection to others that we may not enjoy otherwise. I encourage everyone to visit our LFLs to make your own connections.”


When wildlife roams Argyle

Watching a flock of wild turkeys, a deer, fox or coyote run across the countryside fascinates most Argyle residents, but many of the smaller animals become a source of irritation.

Whenever skunks, raccoons, squirrels or opossums steal cat or dog food, redistribute the garbage out of the trash cans onto the ground or find a place in the roofline or eaves to obtain access to a warm attic, they become a nuisance and need to be relocated.

Brian Hall, who is known as the “Animal Guy,” is under contract with the town of Argyle and surrounding communities to offer wildlife solutions to our area. He provides humane live traps that safely catch the animals and then he relocates most of them. Due to the rabies risk, the state of Texas recommends humane euthanasia for skunks, but the other wildlife is relocated. Animals such as snakes and armadillos are hibernating now, but will start coming out in the spring.

“Keep in mind the things that attract wildlife to our homes such as outdoor cat food and sunflower seeds from bird feeders,” Hall said. “Barn and tack rooms where horse feed and grain are kept are also venerable to animal ‘break-ins.’”

He suggests taking the cat food inside before dark and using only the non-sunflower-type birdseed in bird feeders.

For more information, contact the town of Argyle at 940-464-7273,


Argyle Town Council meets Tuesday

The Argyle Town Council will conduct a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at the Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St.


Ongoing events

The Argyle Senior Center offers activities each Wednesday and Friday at the Argyle Town Hall community room. An exercise class begins at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of nine children’s books and two history books on Argyle. She can be reached at or 940-464-3368.