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  • "Pleased to Meet You, Mr. Fitzgerald"

    "Like" us on Facebook to receive daily trivia about F. Scott Fitzgerald and his writings, and about the 1920's. Postings also include daily events to celebrate the NEA Big Read.

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  • "Buildings of the 1920's" Art Exhibit

    Local artist Steve Knotts presents a month-long exhibit of art, where you can purchase your own original oil painting of historic buildings in Cross Plains and other locations in Texas. The display will be open during library hours all month long.

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  • Book Sale Preparation

    The library is closed today, but we will be hard at work at the book sale building, vacuuming and dusting for Saturday’s Book Sale. Want to help? We will start at 1pm and hopefully be finished by 3pm!

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  • Rich or Poor Book Sale

    Join us for our Rich or Poor book sale, where even a poor man can afford to buy a book! Members of Project Pride will be manning the sale. Suggested donation is just $1 per sack - that would be only a penny in the 1920’s!

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  • Trash-to-Treasure Crafts

    Join us for Christine's Crafts as we recycle "trash" into useful items with our nifty craft projects. You can bring your own projects to work on, or we will provide the materials to make headbands, "pearl" necklaces, and centerpieces for our Roaring 20's events. Not very crafty? That's okay, as we will be discussing "The Great Gatsby" and welcome your input.

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  • Gatsby Games

    Each Tuesday, stop by the library and pick up a new word game to challenge your knowledge. Bring completed entries to the library by Thursday, March 30. Correct entries will be entered in a drawing for two movie passes.

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  • ASAP - "A Chair For My Mother"

    Our ASAP (After School Adventure Program) will read "A Chair For My Mother" and leaders Miss Linda and Miss Sue will guide the discussion of finances and saving to tie in with themes in "The Great Gatsby." Children can pick up a FREE copy of the book at the library to read ahead. Then the children will draw pictures from this book to construct our annual quilt.

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  • Thursday Movie/Discussion

    Today at 1:00pm we will watch “Beloved Infidel” - an account of the romance between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheilah Graham while Fitzgerald is still married to an institutionalized Zelda. This film will be viewed at the Senior Citizens Center. Free books and refreshments provided.

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  • ASAP - Book-to-Movie

    Keep the kids busy during spring break! Our ASAP (After School Adventure Program) will read "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in February and then view the movie "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" at the Senior Center. Popcorn, drinks and "movie theater snacks" will be served. Free copies of the book are available at the library. Following the movie, there will be a discussion led by Miss Linda and Miss Sue to tie in with "The Great Gatsby." One lucky child will draw the "Golden Ticket" and win a prize package valued at over $100.

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  • "The Great Gatsby" Book-to-Movie

    Join us for a viewing of the 1974 version of "The Great Gatsby," starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, followed by a Dutch-treat dinner at Jean's Feed Barn to discuss the book vs. the movie.

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  • Puttin' On the Ritz Brunch

    We are excited to have Nicole Sparks of The Crockin’ Girls with us to give a cooking demonstration, cooking tips, and copies of her cookbook. There will be loads of door prizes and our menu will feature foods popular in the 1920’s. Wear your riches (we will help with headbands, pearls and boas - popular vote will declare the best-dressed). Cost is $15 per person or $75 for a table of six, so get your friends together for a fun time. Tickets are on sale at the library through March 14th - but hurry, as seating is limited!

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  • The Great Meals-On-Wheels

    Volunteer drivers will deliver decorated bags of goodies (from Ms. Richards' third-grade students) to "Meals-On-Wheels" recipients with their meals. Each client will receive a copy of "The Great Gatsby," a Reader's Guide, bookmark, bag of treats, and a hand-made boa to "put you in the mood" of the Roaring 20's.

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  • ASAP - "Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen"

    Our ASAP (After School Adventure Program) will read "Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen" and leaders Miss Linda and Miss Sue will guide the discussion about helping others who are less fortunate as a tie-in with the theme of "The Great Gatsby." Children will receive a FREE copy of the book. Participants will then continue work on the children's quilt and draw pictures from this book for the blocks.

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  • "The Great Gatsby" Book-to-Movie

    Join us for a viewing of the 2013 version of "The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a Dutch-treat dinner at Jean's Feed Barn to discuss the book vs. the movie.

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  • Picture Postmark

    Stop in the Cross Plains Post Office today and take advantage of our 1-day-only pictorial postmark to celebrate F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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  • ASAP-The Great Gardener

    The Cross Plains Garden Club will teach the basics of gardening and assist each child in creating their own terrarium. Children will be instructed on how to care and manage the plants they get to take home.

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  • Open House

    Visit our “Gatsby Display” as we begin our month-long celebration of the NEA Big Read. It features the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald in books and film, our special children’s books, books about the 1920s, books about the orphan train riders, and more - all available for check-out. Refreshments served.

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  • NEA Kick-Off Mardi Gras Party

    Our kick-off event for the NEA Big Read is a Roaring 20s Mardi Gras Party. Mayor Bob Kirkham, dressed as the town crier, will start with a city proclamation, designating March as NEA Big Read Month. Enjoy a feast of crayfish, shrimp, corn, and potatoes cooked by our Cajun Crew. Top the evening off with Vivian's traditional King Cake (you might be the lucky one who gets the baby in their piece of cake - that means good luck for the year!) Enjoy jazz music while you dine and before you leave be sure to take to the "dance floor" for a photo op.

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  • Driver's Education Tests

    We are excited to announce a partnership with Driving-Tests.org to offer free DMV practice tests, written specifically based on the Texas DMV materials.

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