The Harker Heights Public Library offers many programs to both young and old alike each month and some special ones are coming up just in time for the holidays.

“One really fun thing we do for kids the first Thursday of every month is a program called Reading Rovers.”  Jeanine Madden at the public library said.  “This is a reading group for children where we bring in live dogs to sit with the kids while we read.  It always gets a really good reception.”

Reading Rovers begins at 6:30 P. M.

Another children’s event the library has in  store is a pajama party reading session on Oct. 21. A ‘campfire” will be set up in the children’s section of the library and children can come sit by the fire and listen to stories. 

“Everyone gets to wear pajamas and we will offer hot chocolate and popcorn for those that want some,” Madden said.

A family scrap booking club meets the second Saturday of each month at the library and it is a chance for young children and their parents or guardians to showcase their skills.

The library also offers a number of adult programs including a monthly book club and a rotating calender of special events.

“The book club is very easy to join.” Lisa Reyes at the library said. “We try to select books that you do not have to read in order to join in the discussion. For example, this month we read Burn This Book, and we talked a lot about censorship.”

October’s book is Like Water for Chocolate, which benefits two library programs: the book club and a foreign film festival, which will run Oct. 25 – 29.

Each day of that week the library will screen a film from countries like Germany, Mexico, China and Australia.  The movie version of Like Water for Chocolate will be shown twice Tuesday of that week, once during the book club and once during the film festival.

The book club meets at noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month and the film festival will begin at 5:30 p. m. Oct. 25.

By Artie Phillips,  Harker Heights Evening Star