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Page 2C NBlalIBOlI~ Hays Free Press August 17, 2011 + + Earlier this summer, the Friends of the Buda Library and the. Hays Free Press partnered to sponsor the first Summer Essay Contest for Young Writers to provide an opportunity for young library patrons to flex their literary muscles. A total of 20 submissions were received from local kids writing on the theme of "What the Library Means to Me", "My Favorite All Essay Contest Winners AGE 9 TO 13: AGE 14 TO 18: Rrst: Noel Mueller Second: Faith Broddrick Third: Robbie Woodworth Honorable Mention: Dallin Bedwetl, Arianna Britt, Susie Mena, Kevin Cervenka, Thomas Farrell, Kevin Gonzalaz, Emma Jackson, Joshua C. Hall Rmt: Robert Cowan Second: Dannle Trader Third: Minerva Hernandez Honorable Mention: Marlah Galtan, Allison Foster, Sarah Sellstrom, Sean Farrell, . Sarah Farrell, Sara Kafka FIRST PLACE IN THE 9- TO 13-YEAR-OLD GROUP What the library means to me "f someone was to ask me what a library was I would tell them it's a wonderful place filled with magic and adventure. I love the library! I have moved over 8 times and each time I move there is always a library and it always feels like my home. The Librarians always have a warm smile and welcome you with a kind voice. If there were no more libraries I would feel like someone has taken away my home and family. I always feel safe in a library My life was saved by a library. When I was really little a tornado came through our town and my morn and I were in the library. The library was sturdy enough to stand up, so if it was not for that libraryl may not have been here today. I feel like the library is a way to escape from the real world and go in to another world. I can take a walk through the park, dance in a rain storm, ride a horse through mountains while reading a book in the library. I love to go in the library and sit and read for hours. I can travel the world without moving one inch. I could be in India one day and Japan the next. If I could live in any building I would chose to live in a library. I would love to live'in a library where I could read as many books as I pleased. I would always feel I have a wonderful friend nearby. Whenever I felt sad or lonely I could always have a book to cheer me up. I could escape to another world where my Prince Charming could be or where there is a lovely beach just waiting for me. All I have to do is open up abook and begin again. It is all there waiting for me at the library. Author's name: Hana Noel Mueller Parents' names: Frank & Diane Mueller PHOTO BY CYNDY SL0VAK-BARTON I Activity at the Library" or "The Future of Libraries". A panel of five judges was charged with the difficult task of choosing the top three winning essays in each age group. These essayists were awarded cash prizes at awards ceremonies last week and the first place essays won publication in the Hays Free Press. FIRST PLACE IN THE 14- TO 18-YEAR-OLD GROUP The Libra~.~, is Bifr6st, the rainbow bridge in Norse my- thology. It s the rope swing to Tembithia, the wardrobe to Namia. In other words its a portal, a portal that thousands use every dayto escape this world and travel to the world of words. The words from all the pages of all the books in the library paint pictures, inviting you to look at them. You can judge them, live in them, treasure them, or hate them. You can run to ,_he fiction section and crack open Lord of the Rings, all of a .,sudden you are beside Frodo preparing to throw the ringint(o the fires of Mount Doom. You can then turn to science fic:fion and join Ender in destroying the bug- gers, or disappear:, into a book as in Inkheart. Reach out and grab a book by George Orwell or Aldous Huxley, see how the world has become in their prophesying books. Scare yourself with a little bit of Stephen King. Then you can go to the non- fiction section and learn about dendrology, orbirds, or the effects of submanines in WorldWar II. In the library thou- sands of worlds come together in a beautiful way, you are the ruler, you can wat~ch each world grow from a dead desert to a meadow full of ltife. You can watch a character change from good, to evil.You can see the blurred lines between right and wrong. If that isn't enotugh there is still more, the library has class- es that you can lemrn from. I know one class that has been extremely helpful to me was the organic gardening class, now I have my owm garden and can't wait to see what it will produce. The boo)ks on tape are perfect for long trips; they keep you entertaimed and awake during the long drives. I still remember listenimg to the entire Peter and the Starcatchers series four years a~go. The computers have limitless informa- tion which is avalllable to you all the time. Who knew that: ink and paper could do so much for peo- ple, and when you house that much of it together, it's even better. Libraries c=an be a lot of things to different people but to me the library iis my escape, when this world frustrates me, angers me, or borfes meI can go join another world. In that world so many thiings could happen, people aren't bound by laws of gravity, or ilogic and reasoning. Author~ Name: Robbert Cowan Parent's Name: Keillle Cowan A special thankyo)u to each member of the Essayludging Committee: Doris.McWhorter, Brenda Stewart, Jerry Wer- mund, Wen@ Norffh and Todd Rugge. radirional Piano Lessons Nancy Cavendish 30-plus years of experience cavendishn@yahoo.com 512-295-3045 FARMER Debble Thames Insurance Agency AUTO. HOME, LIFE- BOAT, HEALTH 251 N. FM 1626 #2C, Buda, TX 78610 Office: (512) 312-1917 Fax: 312-0688 Ea~il: dvthames @ austin.zT.com Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Your Business & Referrals Are Appreciated + Buda Bits Continued from pg. 1C How many books have you read this summer? The 301 children who participated in the Buda Public Library Summer Reading Club this year read a total of 12,845 books[ There are still a few hot days of summer left, stop by our cool library and check out a good book. up since it is the last one before Hays CISD students head back to school. Classes resume bright and early Monday morning with almost 16,000 boys and girls returning to school. Remember to slow down and watch for the kids in the school zones and the neighborhoods. Members of the MOMS Club of Buda/Mountaln City along with their kids toured the Buda Fire Station on RR 967 last Friday morning. The firemen showed off their facility and let the 20 kids climb aboard the fire truck. The children got to see and hold some of the equip- ment on the fire trucks. The firemen pointed out safety tips to them and learned that all the kids knew how to call "911" in case of a fire. Monday was the first day of classes for Santa Cruz Catholic School, the only Catholic school in Hays County. A total of 160 ooys ana g~rts were enroffea~in Pre-K through 6th grade. This is a big weekend coming Birthday wishes go out to Me- layne Montgomery Marchese and Margaret Zander on Aug. 19; Gene Luna on Aug. 23; Joan Britton and Charles Malone on Aug. 25. The "42" domino toumament scheduled for Friday, Septem- ber 9 at the Onion CreekSenior Citizens Center in Buda 0nly costs $5 per player, which in- clude~ lunch. Tournament time is 10 am. until 2'.~ p.m Sign up by calling Nolan Kmkel at 312-5582 or stop by the center on Thursdays. Newsfgnatlights wore in- stalled on Main Street at RR 967 last week. Odd how just adding new lights can make downtown look a little bit better. Mt. City, Montage Continued frcom pg. 1C Special dattes for Mountain Ciity are thick on the first wveek in October calemdar. The 3rd Annual Fire & Ice Festival postIponed to October 1. Amd, the now- lst-Tuesday--in-October (in Texas) Nattional Night Out falls on (October 4. Remembexr when we used to have, NNO in August? Auglust 2 was the official "INational" observance tahis year for the rest of thte nation. Several years back, the official date tfor the Texas event postponed to October because of our heat. Fire & Ice and NNO are entirely different events. Fire & Ice features a band and baxbeque, organized games, and a silent auction. Moun- tain Cityians are asked to bring "Fire" (salsa) or "Ice" (ice 'cream) for the tasting competition. The NNO in Judge Beth Smith's yard fea- tures inflatables for the kids, ice cream treats and water, neighbor visiting, and Emergency Service personnel avail- able for questions. ludge Smith sends periodic emails to her Precinct 2 distribution list, usually about safety and crime, if you want to be added, send a request to besmith@c'hays'txms" eel I forgot to tell you about a neighbor's great crimewatch idea. She asked neighbors to watch her house while she was out of town; asked a friend from church to water her plants and check on the house; and, she thought to write a note for the friend to carry. When I approached the stranger who drove into her driveway, he pulled out the note in her handwrit- ing. eel Montage accepts tid- bits by email prom5678@ gmail.com or phone 512-268-5678 or text 512-5i7-5678. + II