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Les Cockrell: Library branches announce spring break activities

All three branches of the Denton Public Library have announced activities to help families stay busy during spring break.

* Denton’s Emily Fowler Central Library, 502 Oakland St., will conduct programs on birds, decorative paper crafts and cave painting this week.

Danielle Bradley, interpreter at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, will present “Flying Feathered Friends” at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Library visitors ages 6 and older can learn more about suminagashi, a paper marbling technique, and then use the technique to transform plain paper into colorful decorative paper at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Supplies are limited, and registration is required by calling 940-349-8752.

Children in kindergarten through third grade are invited to learn more about cave painters at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a program that will include a story titled “The First Drawing” by Mordicai Gertstein.

For more information about Emily Fowler spring break events, contact Stacey Irish-Keffer at 940-349-8718 or

* The South Branch Library, located at 3228 Teasley Lane, will offer activities for infants, toddlers and teens on Tuesday. First up is Mother Goose Time for children 18 months and younger and their caregivers at 9:30 a.m., followed by Toddler Time for ages 12-36 months and their caregivers at 10:30 a.m. and Edible Art for Teens: Rainbow Treats for ages 11-17 at 3:30 p.m.

Storytime interactive classes for children ages 1-5 and their caregivers are planned at 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Saturday, and activities and crafts based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for ages 6 and up are planned at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

For more information about South Branch Library spring break events, contact Rebecca Ivey at 940-349-8724 or

* Denton’s North Branch Library, located at 2030 N. Locust St., will offer an afternoon of spring break events Wednesday.

A special edition of Storytime is planned at 12:30 p.m. The session will be all about books, reading and, of course, the library. It’s best for ages 1-5.

An open-ended, come-and-go arts and crafts session will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Children of all ages are invited and a snack will be served.

Gregg the Balloon Guy will be at the library from 1 to 3 p.m. to make fantastic creations for children of all ages.

Animal ambassadors from the Heard Museum will visit at 3 p.m. The program is best for ages 5 and older and seating is limited. Free tickets will be available starting an hour before the show on a first-come, first-served basis.

A spring break cake will be served at 4 p.m. to top off Wednesday’s activities. Juice will be served.

For more information about North Branch Library spring break events, call Dana Tucker at 940-349-8715 or e-mail


Keep Lewisville Beautiful offers class on herb gardening

Keep Lewisville Beautiful will conduct a March Garden Secrets class at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Bennett Room of the Lewisville Public Library, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville.

The topic will be “Herb Gardening.” Denton County Master Gardener Barbara Brown will discuss which herbs can be grown successfully in North Texas, how to plant and care for them and differences between perennials and annuals.

The class is free and will include a question-and-answer session. Seating is limited and RSVPs are required by Wednesday, March 12. To reserve a spot, contact Keep Lewisville Beautiful at 972-538-5949 or


March Professor’s Corner to focus on stories of Mo Yan

The March session of Professor’s Corner discussion group will feature Dr. Lei Zhang at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s South Branch Library, 3228 Teasley Lane, according to a press release.

Zhang will lead a discussion titled “Nobel Laureate Mo Yan’s Short Stories.” Mo Yan, China’s critically acclaimed contemporary author, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012.

Zhang is a professor of English at Texas Woman’s University and is a returning presenter with Professor’s Corner, the press release stated.

For more information, contact Fred Kamman at 940-349-8726 or


Denton County Genealogical Society to meet Thursday

Members of the Denton County Genealogical Society will hear a presentation on “Finding the Five Tribes” by Marjorie J. Lowe at their monthly meeting on Thursday at Emily Fowler Central Library.

Refreshments and networking will start at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting and program will begin at 7 p.m. Visitors are welcome.

Lowe, a retired teacher who was born and raised on her father’s Cherokee allotment in Washington County, Okla., will discuss how and where to research information for the five Native American tribes — Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole — who were removed to Oklahoma in the 1830s from the southeastern U.S., according to a press release.

The library is located at 502 Oakland St. in Denton. For more information about the group, visit


Presentation moves to Sanger Community Center

Amateur paleontologist Bob Williams, also known as “Fossil Bob,” will speak at the Sanger Community Center at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The presentation was originally set for the library but had to be moved after the library was closed because of water damage from a broken sprinkler line.

The community center is located at 101 Freese St. in Sanger.


Spring break events offered at Ray Roberts Lake

A variety of special events are planned at Ray Roberts Lake State Park in honor of spring break, according to schedules provided by interpreters at the park’s Johnson Branch and Isle du Bois units.

Johnson Branch will open its week with an owl prowl campfire talk from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the amphitheater near the fishing pond.

Other activities will include a sunrise walk at 7:30 a.m. and a class in journal writing at 2 p.m. Wednesday; a class in geocaching at 9 a.m. and a program on mammals titled “The Fast and the Furriest” at 1 p.m. Thursday. Participants for these events should gather at Pavilion 1.

Isle du Bois will begin its spring break activities with a “Lost Pines Adventure” hike at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Participants should meet at the Lost Pines Nature Trail.

Other activities include a class titled “Animal Antics” in the Interpretive Center at 2 p.m. Tuesday; a habitats and history hike along the paved Randy Bell Scenic Trail at 10 a.m. Wednesday; a program on zebra mussels and how to stop them from spreading at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Interpretive Center; a class about nature journaling for adults and children at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Lost Pines Amphitheater; and a class about the basics of geocaching at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Interpretive Center.

Park admission is $7 for those 13 and older. For more information about Isle du Bois events, call 940-686-2148. For more information about Johnson Branch events, call 940-637-2636.


Denton DAR chapter sets program on Irish legacy

Members of the Benjamin Lyon Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Good Samaritan Society-Denton Village, 2500 Hinkle Drive.

The program will be “Irish Legacy, Customs and Traditions,” presented by Donna Cunningham, Ph.D.

Guests are welcome. For more information, visit, or call Diana White at 940-482-0056.


Red Cross to hold blood drive at Denton church

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

A photo ID is required to donate. Potential donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Walk-ins are welcome, or potential donors can call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit and enter the sponsor code, standrew, to schedule an appointment.

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