Sunday, April 21, 2024

Where Are They Now? Minute with the Mayor Checks In with Odyssey of the Mind

This week, Mayor John Huffman gets an update from Noor Mithwani, President of the Southlake Odyssey of the Mind Board, about their incredible successes since coming on the show in August.

In August 2022, Mayor John Huffman met with Noor Mithwani in the STEAM Lab at Carroll High to discuss the Odyssey of the Mind program and the yearly international competition. CISD has participated in Odyssey of the Mind for over a decade. Many schools nationwide and worldwide participate yearly in fun challenges encouraging team building, critical thinking skills, and having fun with peers

The last time we checked in with them, the Odyssey of the Mind group began its season, and they were looking for students to join. Mithwani says, “We started with 26 teams participating in our regional tournament at Carroll High School in Southlake. From then on, we have brought home 21 trophies — nine in first place, eight in second place, and four in third place.”

Twenty teams from CISD have advanced to the state tournament, where they will compete for one of two spots in the World Finals. Congratulations to the talented students in the Odyssey of the Mind program.

To watch the full episode of Minute with the Mayor, click below.

Discover Great Courses

Do you have a passion for Lifelong Learning?

Come check out our Great Courses collection at the Southlake Public Library. We offer over 130 Great Courses on DVD—ranging from Fine Arts and History to Better Living and Gourmet Cooking. Use your Southlake Library card and you can have access to courses taught by the best professors across the country, for FREE!

Come explore our collection of titles:

Great Courses: Everyday Gourmet by Stephen L. Durfee and others

Great Courses: Understanding the Fundamentals of Music by Robert Greenberg

Great Courses: Stress and Your Body by Robert Sapolsky

Great Courses: The Medieval World by Dorsey Armstrong

Texas Bluebonnets Have Bloomed in the Library

[Written by Ms. Elizabeth Beamon]

Every spring I look forward to the new Texas Bluebonnet booklist. Since 1981 the Texas State Library has asked librarians and teachers to recommend new books for this award. Twenty titles, both fiction and non-fiction are chose and appeal to grades 3 – 5. Children read independently, or as a class, that leads up to state-wide voting in January for their favorite title.

The Southlake Public Library buys multiple copies as this is a popular program in our area, and below are a few selections that I’ve picked to read:

Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer
A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own. So very cute.

Follow the Moon Home; a Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson
A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl’s attempts to help save their babies from man-made light. A powerful message how kids can change the world through teamwork and perseverance.

Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Worlds collide to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever. In alternate voices the authors tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family’s moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and most of all, hopeful.

Please visit the Southlake Public Library and join me in reading this list of books. I promise you won’t be disappointed. You can find the 2017-2018 Bluebonnet list here.

Enjoy!  Ms. Elizabeth

6 Books to hit the Big Screen This Year

This year is going to be chock-full of bestselling books brought to the big screen. Adults, children and young adults alike are all bound to find something they will enjoy. Here is a sampling of what you can expect to see at the box office this year.

For the kids:
Wonder by R.J. Palacio – April 7
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that previously prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Now starting fifth grade at prep school, he just wants to be treated as an ordinary kid — but his classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey – June 2
George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school — and now they’ve accidentally brought him to life!

Young Adult:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver – March 3
Popular high school senior Samantha Kensington enjoys a fun, wild day in February — until she dies in a car accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning…and the next, and the next, and the next. Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – May 19
A quarantined girl who’s allergic to basically everything and everyone falls in love with the boy next door, who becomes the biggest risk she’s ever taken.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman – March 31
A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.
The Dinner by Herman Koch – May 5
The darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families united by the accountability of one horrific, criminal act their 15-year-old sons have committed. The foursome is struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal.
To read the books before they hit the silver screen click here to hold a library copy for you today!

More than Books: Southlake Public Library Offers Visitors Options for Learning and Fun

Through offering the latest bestselling books, blockbuster movies, special resources and exciting events, the Southlake Public Library is turning the page on typical library expectations. No matter the subject, chances are there is something for every reader among the more than 45,000 printed titles for children, teens and adults, current magazine selections, and downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. From helping students with school projects or test prep, to assisting job hunters or individuals wanting to learn a new language, the research center offers multiple online investigative tools and databases accessible from any computer.

The Southlake Library also serves the community through a vast selection of year-round and seasonal programming. In addition to continuous favorites, such as weekly story time programs, patrons can find art classes, reading programs, STEAM programs focused on science education, and special events each month.

A fan favorite is the Library’s Southlake Summer Reading Program which came to a close on August 12. The annual 10-week program is designed to encourage families to incorporate reading into their summer fun and this year’s stats prove that it is once again a bestseller:

  • The Library hosted 3,911 summer readers, including 563 preschoolers, 2,074 children, 254 teens, and 1,020 adults.
  • Preschoolers completed 25 pre-literacy activities; children and teens read over 32,000 hours and completed over 7,500 book reviews; and adults used the online Summer Reader Program to share reviews of over 500 books.
  • The Library also led 52 special programs for families with 9,000 visitors.

Because of the generous donations from Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and Friends of Southlake Library, readers were treated to rewards for their accomplishments. More than 50 readers won prize drawings for their excellent participation. Although summer programming has come to an end, an exciting fall lineup is scheduled:

  • Pumpkin Painting Palooza on October 10 will offer visitors a seasonal chance to enjoy pumpkin painting and snacks.
  • Pet Costume Parade on October 29 will allow visitors to bring their best dressed pets for some pre-Halloween fun.
  • Literary Clue Night on November 5 will provide 10+ year olds a chance for a real-life literary inspired game of Clue, complete with good times and snacks.
  • A Tale of Two Turkeys Story Time on November 16 will include songs, merriment and live turkeys, just in time for Thanksgiving.
  • During Story Time with Mrs. Claus December 19, Santa’s Mrs. will share stories, cocoa, cookies and fun.
  • Christmas Cookie Decorating on December 20 will offer a festive afternoon of decorating, tasting, carols and laughter for all ages.
  • During Holiday Crafternoon on December 21, the Library will lead teens and adults in advanced holiday crafts, while children under 10 will find activities in the kids’ area.
  • Visitors of Mr. Vic’s Holiday Extravaganza on December 22 will enjoy Mr. Vic’s stand-up comedy, insane holiday songs, side-splitting audience participation and puppet hilarity.

With options stretching far beyond the pages of books, the Southlake Public Library is the place to be for learning and fun. As Southlake City Librarian Cynthia Pfledderer describes, the Library is a community resource for all ages and interests.

“The Southlake Library is here to support the community by offering free access to quality materials, programs and resources. Our goal is to make life and work in Southlake more enjoyable and successful; from baby to senior, we are here to serve,” stated Pfledderer.

For more information, visit the or call 817-748-8243.

Southlake Library Hosts Family Events All Month

School’s out! Everybody shout – what do we do? The Library has the answer to that question, with activities almost every day through the month of June.

Show your sweet decorating skills with Scribble Cupcakes. Find out what a Circus Chickendog is. Compete against your friends with Minute-to-Win-It games for tweens. The Library’s programs are always free and open to the public and make a great addition to your summer schedule.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for Southlake Summer Reading – it’s the best way to turn reading into fun and prizes.

Check out the Library’s Summer Reading webpage for a full listing of available activities.
For more information, call 817-748-8243

Barefootin’ and Summer Readin’

June’s jumping at the Southlake Public Library. It’s time for Southlake Summer Reading! On Your Mark, Get Set, READ is the theme of this year’s kids program and it’s chock full of great books, awesome events, cool prizes and lots and lots of fun.

Stop by the Library or visit the website to register beginning June 4! Registration remains open until the program ends on August 12.

Things to know:
• A library card is not required to participate.
• Kids log their minutes on their reading log to win prizes.
• There are free events and activities for kids almost every day of the 10-week program.

Teens can Get in the Game… Teens and Adults can Make Fun Their Summer Sport with programs designed just for them.

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Breakfast Story Time with Mayor Laura Hill

Come share breakfast and a story.  On August 11, 2015, Southlake Mayor Laura Hill will be visiting Story Time at the Southlake Library in Town Hall. Little ones will enjoy songs, games, puppets and a story read by their Mayor. Her visit will include Toddler Time beginning at 10:45 AM and Preschool Time beginning at 11:30 AM. Breakfast treats will be served while supplies last.  For more information, please call the Southlake Library at 817-748-8243.

Who Knew Parenting Would Be So Hard?

family readingAbout the time you know what you are doing, those babies grow into new phases and you find yourself in another steep learning curve.  It is no easy task, helping little people grow into competent and confident young people who are ready to take on the world.  At your library, we have brought together a collection of parenting books, DVDs, and audiobooks that address ages, stages and issues that arise over the course of these important years.