It was shocking! “Aggie” Jones, archaeologist extraordinaire, was the murderer in the Palestine Library Friends Murder on the disORIENTed EXPRESS® production of “Raider’s of La Salle’s Treasures!” But 25 people of the 320 on board the sold-out train murder/adventure figured it out. The winner (by drawing among the correct answers) was Dan Herron of Palestine.

Thanks to all involved for making this year’s Murder on the disORIENTed EXPRESS® such a huge success. Support of the library through this event and our semi-annual Book Sales helps provide for all sorts of extras not completely covered by our city budget such as our La Salle in Texas program, performers for Summer Reading Club, our Read Across America program, our Christmas Open House, and much more. We wouldn’t be able to be the library we are without the Friends.

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The very thought of varicose veins makes women shutter. Symptoms related to this condition include swelling of the ankles, leg pain or aching, skin ulcers near the ankles, and the most commonly recognized condition—unsightly enlarged veins. There is more to this condition than vanity. Dr. Robert Falconer will talk to us about causes and treatments at the “Varicose Veins” segment of Here’s to Your Health at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. These very popular and informative sessions always include a lecture and a questions and answers component where you can have your personal concerns addressed.

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The Friends Book Sale is in two weeks. We are still accepting donations of books you no longer want. You could clean off a shelf or create some fresh closet space for those books you will be acquiring at the book sale by first donatingto the Book Sale. You can drop off books at the employee entrance located on Fowler Street (right straight through the library from the front door) or you can call for a pickup at 903-729-4121.

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To get first shot at purchase of some of this wonderful assortment of fine pre-enjoyed books, come to the library at 9 a.m. Oct. 27. Only members of the Palestine Library Friends will be admitted into the sale room at that time. If you are not already a member, you can become one at that time for as little as $10 or $15 for a family membership. There are multiple levels of membership. Donations of all denominations are appreciated. To join, you can pick up an application here at the library, join at the book sale, or mail your tax-deductible membership contribution to Palestine Library Friends, Inc, P.O. Box 108, Palestine Texas 75802. Memberships paid now are good for all of 2007.

As a Friends member you receive a newsletter outlining library activities, new library services and acquisitions; tax deductions for the amount of your contribution, knowledge that you are a part of the community spirit that began the Palestine Public Library; and entry to the pre-sale events for both Book Sales.

The public is admitted to the Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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“The Bulb Hunter,” aka Chris Wiesinger, founder and owner of Southern Bulb Company, will delight the audience with stories of adventure in finding, collecting, and repropogating perennial bulbs for East Texas gardens at 10 a.m. this Saturday at the library. Wiesinger’s company was honored this year as a House and Garden Tastemaker. This is the final program in the “Gardening with the Masters” series presented by the Anderson County Master Gardeners Association. You don’t want to miss this one. Bulbs are something with which even those of us with brown thumbs can be successful.

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A Dance Dance Revolution party kicked off Teen Read Week activities yesterday. Young Adult (YA) Karaoke is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday for those who want to sing. Then Friday, YA Gaming Zone lets participants of all skill levels in grades 6-12 try out different games. This is not a tournament or contest.

The organizational meeting of the new Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be held at noon this Saturdayjust before Teen Flix at 1 p.m. A pizza lunch is provided for the TAB members. TAB is a library sponsored teen group that plans teen activities for the library (if teens plan it, teens will come), does community service projects through the library, and does volunteer work. All these activities are suitable for resume building for college entrance purposes, are good character-building activities, and they are good constructive fun. Applications have been distributed through the schools, but walkins (grades 6-12) are welcome on Saturday.

Teen Flix is “Eight Below” at 1 p.m.

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Author, Suzanne Morris, girlhood friend of Palestine’s own Karen Parsons, will speak and sign books at the library at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14. What an easy way to take care of some Christmas shopping! Come enjoy refreshments and Morris’ talk about her latest book,” Elizabeth’s Legacy,” second in the Clearharbour Trilogy spanning four decades and two world wars. The first in the trilogy is “Look Back with Longing,” available at Palestine Public Library as are all of Morris’ previous works: “Galveston,” “Keeping Secrets,” “Skychild” and “Wives and Mistresses.” Her books are displayed in a special grouping on the New Books shelf.

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Carol A. Herrington is the director of the Palestine Public Library. Contact the library at 903-729-4121, and visit online at www.palestine.lib.tx.us, or cherrington@palestine.lib.tx.us.

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