Upcoming events, book signing at Elmo Willard Library

Upcoming events, book signing at Elmo Willard Library

Tai Ho, managing attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid, will be available on Friday, January 15 at 2 p.m. at the Elmo Willard Branch Library, located at 3590 East Lucas Drive in Beaumont. He will be available to answer questions on legal topics of interest to the community. Walk-ins are welcome and encouraged.

About Lone Star Legal Aid:

• LSLA is the fourth largest free legal aid provider in the United States.

• They serve approximately 60,000 square miles (one-third of the state), including 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and also four counties of southwest Arkansas.

• In addition to the Houston headquarters, their staff work from 12 branch offices in Angleton, Beaumont, Belton, Bryan, Conroe, Galveston, Longview, Nacogdoches, Paris, Texarkana, Tyler, and Waco.

• Based on 2000 Census data for their service area, there are almost 1.5 million people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines (for example, $13,613 for an individual or $27,938 for a family of four in 2011) who are eligible for their services.

• In 2010, LSLA handled almost 25,000 legal cases, and completed over 20,000 of them, which benefited nearly 48,000 people.

The Elmo Willard Library will also be hosting a weekly coloring get together for adults, entitled “Coloring Therapy for Adults.” The program will take place each Monday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

– Monday, January 4

– Monday, January 11

– Monday, January 25

Coloring Therapy for adults will not take place on Monday, January 18.

All supplies are provided, including colored pencils, gel pens and a choice from a variety of coloring pages, including copies provided by local artist, Wayne Goodman. Coloring pages will be provided to children attending the program with a parent. This is a quiet time for adults, so children must be well-behaved.

Story Time for all ages will take place on Thursdays at 4:30 pm at the Elmo Willard Library.

Join Ms. Robin, the children’s librarian, in the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and work on a craft.

– January 7 – Armadilly Chili by Helen Ketteman; Craft: Make an armadillo.

– January 14 – Elmer the Elephant by David McKee; Craft: Get creative with colors, shapes and patterns.

The library will host a book signing and reading with author Lucy Dennis on Saturday, January 9, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“The other day while looking out my window, I noticed a lamed bird sitting in the middle of the street. I knew a car would be approaching, so I reached for a towel and rushed outside to see if I could help it. The bird I believe, had flown into some kind of string that disabled its wings. I carefully placed the towel over it, picked it up and sat it on the side of the road. Of course it squirmed, but I was determined to help it fly again. After cutting the string with a rock, the bird flew away. It was free again, to live and fly another day. I knew if I did not help it, surely it would have died.

"It is very hard sometimes to explain to friends and families how important writing is to me. I often find myself comparing it to my breathing, considering I need them both to live. That bird the other day reminded me of just how sitting down in front of my computer allows me to delve FREELY into my imagination and for whatever time I am allowed, I can escape the hustle and bustle of life. Instead of going over the day’s event, I give into my imagination and let it take me away to a more harmonious place. My little feathered friend depended on those wings to keep him free, just as I depend on my writing to keep me free.”

– Lucy Dennis

Lucy Dennis is a native of Port Arthur Texas, where as a little girl attending Carver Elementary School, she was taught that she could be whatever she wanted when she grew up. This very small school under the bridge with magnificent teachers is where she was introduced to the writings of her favorite authors, Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou. After graduating from Lincoln High, she attempted higher education. While attending Prairie View, she was met with life changing affairs and decided to leave college, but it did not stop her from dreaming to become an author. Undeterred by life taking a strong hit at her, she kept dreaming. When her nest became empty and her nights were quiet, she again put pen to paper.

Lucy is the author of No More Wooden NickelsThe Tracks of His TearsA Miscarriage of Justice, and now Lucy’s Dance With Life. She is a mother of three, a grandmother of nine, and divorced. Her favorite time is when she’s writing. When not writing, she enjoys time with her grandchildren, fishing, and an occasional game of chess.

For additional information, please contact Elmo Willard Library at (409) 892-4988.