Hot July Happenings!

July 2, 2013

Check out all these great programs going on at the library this summer!

Special Programs for all Students!
Capital of Texas Zoo Show: Thursday, July 11th, 2:00 pm
Aesop’s Fables presented by storyteller Cy Young: July 13th, 2:00 pm
Dinosaur George: Thursday, July 25th, 2:00 pm
Gari the Capybara: Thursday, August 1st, 2:00 pm

Weekly Programs for Students
Kindergarteners – 2nd graders: Mondays
3rd – 5th graders: Tuesdays
6th grade and up: Wednesdays
Science Club for 3rd – 5th graders – Thursdays
Find the sign-up links here!

Weekly Storytimes
Toddlers – Tuesdays at 10:30 am
Preschoolers – Wednesdays at 10:30 am

Programs for Adults
Thursday, July 11th: Book Club; “Life and Death are Wearing Me Out” by Mo Yan. 6:00 pm
Saturday, July 13th: Essential Oils: Love Your Skin. 2:00 pm
Saturday, July 20th: Financial Wellness Workshop presented by Primerica. 2:00 pm


Free Young Adult Audio Books!

May 31, 2013

Sync YA literature into your earphonesThis is a great way to get some free, high quality audio books!

Each week, Sync will release a pair of audio books. They will be available to download only that week, but then you can keep them as part of your music collection for as long as you’d like. The audio books are downloaded via OverDrive Media Console, the same software our digital collection uses. Once downloaded, you can upload them into any music software you prefer, like iTunes.

To be clear, these are not some cheap audio books, recorded by some volunteer and of books that you’ve never heard of before. These are the same timely, professional recordings that the library generally buys.

Here are some of the titles you can download this summer:

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Howling Children by Maryrose Wood
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • and many more!

Go download some great audio books at!

Summer is coming!

April 24, 2013

porcupineWe’re getting excited about all the summer programs! Here are some important dates for you.

Monday, May 20th – Online registration for weekly programs opens; based on the grade they are entering in the Fall.

  • Kindergarten through 2nd graders on Mondays
  • 3rd through 5th graders on Tuesdays
  • 6th grade and up on Wednesdays
  • Science Club for 3rd through 5th graders on Thursdays (and several special programs open to everyone)

Thursday, June 6th – Summer Reading Clubs begin; pick up reading logs at the library!
Thursday, June 6th – Kick-off Party at City Park; 5:30 to 7:30.
Friday, June 7th – Kick-off Party for teens entering 6th grade and up; 5:00 to 7:00 at the library.


Teen Tech Week @ Buda Public Library

February 27, 2013


ATTENTION TEENS:  Teen Tech Week is coming!

March 10-16, 2013

Have you ever been unsure of what source to use if you can’t use Wikipedia?  Or wished that you had something more impressive up your sleeve than the typical Powerpoint presentation?  Or how about wanting to learn a unique skill such as binding a book?  Now is your chance!

Buda Public Library is offering tech related programs just for you.  And they are all free!  You just have to sign up and show up.  These are the programs that we are offering:

Tuesday, March 13 at 2:00pm


   Research Made Fast & Easy:  With the end of the year in sight, maybe it is time for you to get a start on those research papers.  No worries, we are here to help!  And this class will give you a good start as to where you can find some great resources.  We will be looking at the ins and outs of TOPICsearch, a database that is offered to all patrons of Buda Public Library through the TexShare program.  Come and get a head start on those papers and maybe even impress your teachers while you’re at it.

Friday, March 15 at 5:30pm

Research Made Fast & Easy Part 2: Admit it, we all get a little scared when we hear the word “research”.  That is why, we, here at the library would like to give you some more pointers on how to make the research process a bit easier and faster for you.  We will be looking at a database called EBSCO Student Research Center and giving you some advice on how to search the database and others like it more efficiently and effectively.

Friday, March 15 at 6:30pm

Impressing with Prezi: Do you have a presentation coming up and want to do something other than a Powerpoint?  Or even just want to learn a skill that may come in handy in the future?  Come find out how to make a Prezi presentation.  If you are thinking, “what is a Prezi?”  check out the site at And feel free to come with questions!

Saturday, March 16 at 2:00pm

Bind Your Own: Bookbinding:  Learn how to construct your own books! All teens are welcome to this hands-on bookbinding workshop. Participants will learn one type of stitch binding to make a journal and will also complete a notebook from upcycled materials. All materials are provided and teens will take home completed projects.

Sign up at the library for any or all events and come get your tech on! To sign up, call the library (512) 295-5899 or email

Virtual Action Day

February 11, 2013

The Texas Library Association has declared February 12th to be Virtual Action Day for the State of Texas. This is the day that all library supporters should contact their legislators and let them know how important funding for libraries is. Making a budget for the coming biennium is one of the most important things that our legislators will do this session and it is imperative that they know how we as Texans feel about our libraries.

The State of Texas budget for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 included a $30 million cut to library services, with another $9 million of federal funds in jeopardy. These cuts are in addition to serious cuts made in previous years. These major and disproportionately severe cuts threaten vital services that Texas libraries provide to their citizens. The proposed budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 includes more cuts, even though the State of Texas experienced surpluses in revenues and legislators are open to using the Rainy Day Fund for important projects.

What can you do? Here’s some ways to get started advocating for the library:

The only way Texas libraries will get these funds back is if Texas library supporters contact their legislators to let them know that we expect them to add funds to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission budget. Texas libraries have already proven that they can provide $4.42 worth of benefits for every $1 that they receive (see this study at Libraries are one of the few services in the state that are prepared to help every single citizen of Texas.

Libraries across Texas are proud of the services that we provide for our citizens. We want to keep giving you our best. Thank you for your help.


Heart-shaped Bookmarks!

February 1, 2013


These bookmarks are amazing valentines or gifts! Each can be made unique by using any type of paper, patterns, solid colors, plain paper with drawings, or mix for combinations, to design your own bookmarks. Choose paper combinations that look good together.


  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Various paper – plain, patterned, magazines
  • Pens, crayons, markers, stickers, anything else for decorating


  1. Print heart template on desired paper. You can trace and cut out shapes on blank paper, then trace on selected paper, or if you want to print directly onto nice paper, print on backside of 8 ½” x 11” papers. To make your own heart shape, fold paper in half and draw one side of a heart. Cut on the line you made (with fold in center of heart). Make a smaller heart to fit inside the first one. The size can be whatever you desire; our large heart template measures about 3 ¼” high x 3 ½” wide and our small heart template measures about 2 ¼” high x 2 ½” wide.
  2. Cut out both shapes so that you have a small and a big heart. Decorate if desired.
  3. On the back side of the smaller heart, put glue on the top one-third of the heart. (I use the center point of the heart, where it dips, as a mark and draw an invisible line horizontally and place glue above.)
  4. Place the smaller heart on top of the larger one and press down on glue area to attach.
  5. Give it as a gift or use your handmade bookmark!

Have fun and enjoy!



Upcoming Workshop!

January 29, 2013

Join us on Saturday, February 2nd at 2:00 to learn how to deal with “Those Pesky Insects!

Hays County Master Naturalist Kim Ort will teach us how insects and other invertebrates can be problematic for humans. They can make you itch, sting and sometimes worse. Learn to recognize and avoid many of the most common ones in Hays County.