For the 6th annual Keller Reads! One Book, One City program, the Keller Public Library presented special events with Pulitzer Runner-up author S.C. Gwynne.
S.C. (Sam) Gwynne is the author of four books including, “Selling Money”, about his years as an international banker, and “The Outlaw Bank” about the $20 billion BCCI bank fraud.” Outlaw Bank” was named one of Business Week magazine’s Top Ten Books of the year. His third book “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History” spent four months on the New York Times top 10 best-seller list. His most recent title, “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and redemption of Stonewall Jackson” provides a thrilling account of Civil War General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Mr. Gwynne hosted a discussion of “Empire of the Summer Moon” from 4-5p.m. Wednesday, June 7 at the Keller Public Library. And at 6 p.m. that evening, fans listened to "An Evening with S.C. Gwynne" interviewed by John Baker at Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club. Approximately 225 people attended the events.
This was the Keller Public Library’s sixth annual One Book, One City event; in its premiere year, the program featured author Steve Berry and his bestseller “The Jefferson Key.” In 2013, the focus was on Marcia Clark's "Killer Ambition"; in 2014, Deborah Crombie’s “The Sound of Broken Glass”; in 2015, Richard Russo's "Empire Falls. And in 2016, Jacquelyn Mitchard “Two if by Sea”.
For an eighth consecutive year, the Keller Public Library has been honored with the Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association recognizing staff for their commitment to service and educational programming in our community. Only 52 libraries of the roughly 550 public libraries statewide made the cut for this prestigious honor in 2017. The award is given annually to libraries that demonstrate service excellence in 10 areas: Summer Reading Programs; Services to Underserved Populations; Enhanced Services; Marketing Materials; Cultural and Topical Educational Programming for Adults and Families; Literacy Support for All Ages; Collaborative Efforts with Community Organizations; Staff Training; Digital Inclusion; and Workforce Development.
“It’s an honor to be recognized at the state level for an eighth year and once again share this award with the incredible community our staff and patrons have created at the Keller Public Library,” Director Jana Prock said. “Sharing the gift of reading with patrons of all ages, interests and abilities is a passion for everyone on our staff, and these sorts of honors serve as a guidepost to ensure we’re continuing our commitment to excellence.”
The Keller Public Library kept busy during Fiscal Year 2016-17, assisting more than 227,227 customers, circulating 438,874 books, magazines, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs and more. And with hundreds of events and programs annually focused on literacy, computer skills, arts and crafts, and storytelling, it’s no surprise that membership also continues to grow; more than 31,000 Keller residents now have a Keller Public Library card.
The Friends of the Library received a $2000 grant from the new Sam’s Club in Keller.
A big thank you to Sam’s for their generosity.
The Friends of the Keller Library is a registered non-profit organization consisting of dedicated individuals who care about our community and the future of our children and grandchildren. Our mission is to support the Keller Library in its efforts to provide access to information for life-long learning. To do this, we raise funds for the Keller Library, mainly, through our bookstore.
Monthly meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm, usually at the Library.
Please stop by and check us out. Buy some books or donate some of your own for future resale. You will find bargains in every category.
Another way you can help us in our efforts is to become a volunteer. We need people to staff our store for two hours at a time- either 10am-12pm or 12pm-2pm on Wednesdays or Saturdays.
Also, consider becoming a member to show your support of the Friends and the community. You can be an active member (volunteer) or an inactive member. The choice is up to you. Click here to become a Friend of the Library.
Members of the Friends work all year to raise money. Although the bookstore is our main source of income, we do receive additional funds from membership dues, donations, grants and fund-raising events. The money is used to purchase items and programs for the library - things that would not be possible otherwise. We especially focus on children, providing materials and financial support for programs throughout the year.