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by Kathie Ledgerwood-Cox, Branch Librarian


With help from our Friends of the Summersville Library group, Texas County Library, and the community, the Summersville Library will be hosting a huge celebration of Missouri’s Bicentennial with a free Ice Cream Social and live music on Tuesday, August 10 on the Summersville Square.
Plan to bring your lawn chairs and listen to some good country music by the Whetstone Band from Norwood as we celebrate our state’s 200th birthday from 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to join us!
Missouri Bicentennial Fact: Ice cream cones made from waffles were first invented in Missouri at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups to supply the ice cream. The vendor asked a waffle vendor to roll waffles to supply the ice cream, and hence the birth of the cone took place. 
Summersville Library will again be collecting new school supplies to be given to Summersville School. Just drop them off at the library, and we’ll see they are delivered to the school by opening day. Every little bit helps!
Another successful Summer Reading Program came to an end with a pizza party for all on Friday. Eight summer readers completed the requirements and were awarded gift cards for their diligence in reading and attending library activities the past two months. Names were drawn for donated tickets and gift certificates, and sponsors will be named at a later date. We thank each of the parents for bringing their child to our activities during June and July.
New Summer Hours are in force for all Texas County Library branches. The branches have extended hours to be open until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.
Masks are now optional inside the library! Please feel free to wear one if that’s your choice, but it’s no longer mandatory at any Texas County Library branch.
The Summersville Friends of the Library meet the second Monday of the month at 5 p.m. inside Summersville Library. The next meeting is scheduled for August 9.
There’s never a charge for library activities, thanks to the Friends and Texas County Library, but you can show your appreciation by attending the Friends’ monthly meetings and being a part of this service to our community.
New members are invited to join this active group in supporting and participating in the continuing growth of the Summersville Branch Library. The Friends’ Facebook page can be found by entering “Summersville Friends of the Library”.
Current safety guidelines for Summersville Branch:
Masks are optional.
Staff will continue to sanitize books as they’re returned to the book return table, and computers will be wiped down after each user. 
Any Texas County Library branch is your one-stop-shop for printing, copies, fax or free scanning to an email address in addition to our other services. We’re so much more than just a library these days!
Texas County Library now has e-Books and audio books available to download for Texas County Library patrons! To view the catalog and download, go to our website: texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us, click on “e-books”, or come by the library for assistance. Texas County Library cards are required.
Summersville Library is a branch of Texas County Library and located at 480 First Street, on the south side of the square, next door to Open Door in Summersville. Business hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday, and 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday. Check out our webpage at texascountylibrary.lib.mo.us or contact the library: 417-932-5261, e-mail, or fax: 417-932-5262.


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