When planning summer activities for your children or yourself, don’t forget the Lakewood Library at 6121 Worth.

Turn off that TV and head to the Library May 21 for enrollment in the ever-popular Summer Reading Club. This annual event offers weekly programs and incentives that encourage children to read.

Last summer, more than 500 children participated and read their hearts out for an astounding total of 7,000 hours. For information, call the Library at 670-1376.

Obviously, the Library isn’t just for children. New books, magazines and other materials arrive daily. Pick up some best-sellers for those lazy days on the beach. Books on tape are ideal for long car trips. And don’t forget the Library’s extensive video collection, which includes many how-to videos on home and garden projects.

One of the Library’s best-kept secrets is its Oral History Project. Beginning in 1972, reminiscences of neighborhood residents were committed to tape, providing a broad and special collection of spoken stories.

The book “Reminiscences,” published by the Dallas Public Library, is a written collection of these accounts. It is out of print, but a few copies remain for purchase.

In addition to all of this, the Lakewood Library has something that no other branch library has – the Lakewood Library Friends, an organization that provides assistance for many of the Library’s programs and events.

Providing books is the priority of the Friends, especially extra copies of best-sellers and award-winning children’s books. Last year, the organization contributed bookshelves, book racks and furniture for the youth section.

A laminating machine was purchased, which is popular with regular patrons who want a permanent library card. Library users and staff members enjoy the benefits of the Junius Heights Crime Watch Patrol. The Library’s dues for the program are funded by the Friends.

Many special events are sponsored by the Friends throughout the year, including the Annual Art Exhibit and the East Dallas Published Authors’ Reception.

Join the Friends’ senior citizens committee for a program May 8 at 2 p.m. Rosemary Rumbley, lifelong neighborhood resident, will talk about growing up in our neighborhood. She is the author of “The Unauthorized History of Dallas” and has been traveling Route 66, gathering material for her next book. There is no charge for this event.

Memberships to the Lakewood Library Friends begin at $10. The dues directly benefit the Library and our neighborhood. For information about becoming a Friend, pick up a brochure at the Library or call membership chair Nancy Cunningham at 823-9366.

So, stop by the Lakewood Library soon. Don’t miss out on a wonderful resource right in the heart of our neighborhood.

Summer Reading Club Events

May 24 – Stringbini the Clown, 2 p.m.

May 3 – “Who’s There in the Dark?”, Heard Museum Talks About Owls, noon.

June 7 – Musician Mike Cruciger, 2 p.m.

June 14 – Young Audiences, Tales from Beatrice Potter, 11 a.m.

June 22 – Mundo Dramatico, 10:30 a.m.

June 28 – Storyteller Toni Simmons, 2 p.m.

July 5 – To be announced, 2 p.m.

July 12 – Legend of the Bluebonnet Crafts Program, 2 p.m., registration required.

July 19 – “See Me, Know Me” by Soren Pedersen, 2 p.m.

July 26 – End of the Program Party by Lakewood Library Friends, 3 p.m.

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