The Library Club of Menard is excited to welcome Becky Crouch Patterson to Menard on Saturday, September 28, 2013 for a fundraiser event to benefit the Menard Library. Becky will join us at 6:00 pm at the home of Murph and Lila Compton, 505 West First Street, Menard, Texas, for an evening of food, fellowship and great storytelling. Ms. Patterson is the daughter of Hondo Crouch, the late mayor of famed Luckenbach, Texas and long-time Texas rancher. Ms. Patterson is the author of two books, The Ranch that was Us, and Hondo, My Father. The book The Ranch That Was Us details the history of the Steiler Hill Ranch near Comfort, Texas. This book “will connect you to whatever patch of earth you hold dear. It is a poignant reminder of the landscapes we’ve forgotten to keep close, of the land that does not belong to us but simply is who we are,” according to the Texas Book Festival website. Patterson’s book Hondo, My Father is a memoir of growing up with the colorful and always interesting Hondo Crouch as her father.
Ms. Patterson will share her books and experiences with all attendees during a short presentation. Her books will be available for sale and she will be happy to autograph those books. There will also be a dinner buffet as well as beer, wine and champagne.
The funds raised on the 28th will go towards the operating expenses of the library. The library offers free WiFi service and has computers available for public use. The library also has a large selection of current books and DVD’s available for checkout. One new project for the library this year is raising funds to provide a paid internship for a Menard High School student. According to Nancy Bean, a Menard High School teacher, “Being in such a small rural community, there are not a lot of opportunities for our young people seeking summer employment.” The library internship will give interested students the opportunity to prepare a resume, fill out an application, and go through the interview process. Then, one – or hopefully more if the funds are raised – student will have the opportunity to work in the library for 10 weeks during the summer learning many valuable work related skills.
If you are interested in hearing Ms. Patterson speak and the opportunity to visit with her while in the process supporting the efforts of the Menard Library, please join us on the night of September 28th at 6:00 pm. Tickets for the event are $40.00 per person and can be purchased by contacting the library at 325-396-2717, emailing the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or will be available at the door.