By Kathy Harrington

North Ellis County Outreach’s next free class to be held at the Ferris Public Library will be on Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The topic will be Guarding Your Gifts: Protecting Your Child against Child Abuse with Kineta Holsworth, LPC, teaching the class. RSVP 972-617-7261.

On Tuesday, May 23, Lupe Hernandez will be in the library’s Aubrey Trussell Memorial Meeting Room to discuss Medicare benefits. If you or someone you know are new to Medicare, or soon will be, this is an excellent way to ask questions on a one-on-one basis. Medicare 101 will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., with light refreshments provided. This is a free program.

Last week, 144 kindergarten students from Hazel Ingram Elementary visited the library and had a tour of our wonderful facility. They were also treated to a story by Ferris Police Officer Angela Barnes and Officer Emily Hickman in the morning groups. In the afternoon, the story was read to them by Ferris Fire Captain Carlos Quinones and Firefighter Tyler Griffith. The Fire Department will be here for another story time next week with the Pre-K 4 classes that had to cancel their trip due to rain the week before.

The City of Ferris held a celebration of Public Service Recognition Week for all employees and volunteers last week. Thank you to all, especially to our City Secretary, Callie Green.


After-School Game Time – Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Children ages 7 to 17 are invited to come and play electronic and board games.

Story Time – Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. All children and their parents/caregivers are welcome. No need for a library membership to join in on the fun! We’ll be enjoying stories and activities. Afterwards each child gets to choose a prize from the Treasure Chest.

New Books – “The Devil’s Triangle” by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison, “The Mark of the King” by Jocelyn Green, “Miss Julia Weathers the Storm” by Ann B. Ross, “Heartbreak Hotel: An Alex Delaware Novel” by Jonathan Kellerman, “This Is How It Always Is” by Laurie Frankel, “The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds” (Dewey 612) by Michael Lewis, and “Why?: Explaining the Ghastly Holocaust” (Dewey 940) by Peter Hayes.

Fun HolidayPack Rat Day is celebrated every year on May 17. The unofficial holiday encourages people to do some late spring-cleaning and to make space for newer, more useful things in their lives. Celebrate by reading about actual pack rats, rodents who pick up shiny objects and leave pebbles and nuts in their place.

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