By Kathy Harrington

The Ferris Public Library is pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Irma Wickliffe. Mrs. Wickliffe will be a part-time clerk and has been a resident of Ferris for years so many of you probably already know her. Come by, say hello and welcome her to your library.

Along with being Breast Cancer Awareness month, October is also Texas Archives Month. If you have ever wanted to go exploring on Ancestry.com before subscribing, you can use the library’s free Ancestry Library Edition until the end of October. Our collection of genealogy books donated by Judge Grace McKnight is available for your use during our regular operating hours. There is a wealth of information in this collection.

The After-School Tutoring has been cancelled this year.

Game Time is held every Tuesday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Children ages 7 – 17 are invited to enjoy electronic gaming on Wii and PS4 consoles on large screens.

New Books: “Exposed” by Lisa Scottoline, “The Remnant Series #3: Light of Dawn” (LP) by Vannetta Chapman, “Tom Clancy Point of Contact” by Mike Maden, “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.” by Neal Stephenson, and “Positive Psychology” (Dewey 150) by Bridget Grenville-Cleave.

Fun Holiday: This week we have Friday the 13th to look forward to. Throughout most of recorded history, the number 13 has been seen as an unlucky number. If you live in fear of the number 13, you suffer from the phobia known as Triskaidekaphobia. Interestingly, there is a sizeable number of optimists, who embrace Friday the 13th. They shrug off the superstition and go buy lottery tickets with the number 13 in it. Friday the 13th Trivia: (1) Many buildings do not have a 13th floor. (2) Some people will not allow 13 people at the table. If there is exactly 13 people present, a second table is set up. (3) Skippers would not go out to sea with a crew of 12. Including the captain, that made 13 people. (4) Ancient Mayans considered the number 13 sacred.