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The library regularly welcomes lecturers and guest speakers. Join us for the following events this Spring:


Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm:  Master Gardener presentation: Preserving Your Harvest

In this presentation, Jeff Peters, Travis County Master Gardener, provides an overview of the key food preservation processes; freezing, dehydration and canning.  Initially he looks at the factors related to food spoilage and the science involved in prevention.  This is followed by a brief history of each approach and a basic review of the tools and techniques utilized.  Finally he walks through a step-by-step illustration of the hot water bath canning process.  An excellent resource for those with an interest in starting to preserve their produce it also provides a great forum for the more experienced to engage and share their knowledge.

Berries in jar


Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm:  Master Gardener presentation: Container Gardening

Master Gardener Kirk Walden will present. 'The Six D’s of Successful Container Gardening” presents a practical checklist for growing ornamentals, fruits and vegetables in containers. It’s loaded with useful tips and tricks that even a novice gardener can use with success. And, it includes a handy resource list for more detail on plant selection, growing seasons and design.

Refreshments will be provided while supplies last. 

flowers in pot small


Thursday, June 29 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm: Sherlock Night

Fans of the Sherlock Holmes are welcome to join us for crafts, games and fun! Teens (12 & up) and adults are welcome. Author Alan J. Porter will give a talk on what it's like to write a Sherlock Holmes story, then guests can enjoy crafts and an escape room! Crafts include: Perler bead magnets, adult coloring, decorated glasses and mugs, 221B Baker St. notebooks, Sherlock Holmes necklaces/keychains.

Refreshments will be provided while supplies last. 

About Alan J. Porter:

Alan J. Porter writes about stuff, and make up stories too. Pop Culture, Comics, High-Adventure fiction, Movies, Music, Business Content Strategy, and more. He has written adventures featuring Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain, Houdini, and private eye Rick Ruby; as well as his own New Pulp adventurers, The Raven and The Lotus Ronin. His pop-culture non-fiction work has featured properties such as Batman, Star Trek, The Beatles, G.I. Joe, and James Bond. He has also written comics for Tokyopop, BOOM Studios, Marvel, Disney, and Kid Domino.

You can find him online at or on Twitter @alanjporter

Alan J. Porter   Sherlock Consulting Detective


Thursday, July 6 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm: Home Repair Basics

Learn about simple home repairs you can do, necessary tools every homeowner should have, and how to know when to call an expert.

Anyone 18 and up is welcome. Refreshments will be provided while supplies last.



Thursday, July 27 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm:Intro to Beekeeping

Tara Chapman of Two Hives Honey will present. Learn what you’ll need to get started with beekeeping and try out some local honey. Anyone 18 and up is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Bee flower