Beekeeping news  
Our beekeeper, Alex, has harvested her first few jars of honey from the hive in our community garden. After carefully calculating how much honey the bees needed for themselves, Alex encouraged the bees to move from the top box of the hive into the lower boxes using a natural fumigant (a sort of cherry scent). She then borrowed seven frames from the top box to scrape. The resulting mix was filtered to remove wax and comb from the honey. Alex hopes to harvest enough in the future for selling in conjunction with our Friends of the Library.

If you want to know more about our community garden or beekeeping, visit our community garden page, sign up for our garden newsletter, or email Alex. You can also walk through the community garden. Access is through the backyard at Westbank, and there is a viewing panel to see the beehive.

SAT and ACT prep
Do you have a junior or senior who is planning to take the SAT or ACT this year? With your library card and phone number (password), you can access test prep resources through the library website. We have both Learning Express and Testing and Education Resource Center (Gale).

Just go to our catalog page, log in (upper righthand corner), and choose the resource you want from the list of electronic resources. Call (512-327-3045) or email if you need help.

Spanish & other languages
If you’re learning a language or just need a refresher, we have two different language tools for you. Mango Languages and Pronunciator offer over 70 languages, and can be accessed through our catalog page!

Introducing your kids to Spanish or Chinese? Spanish storytime is on Thursdays (10:30am at Westbank) and Chinese Learning Playground is on Saturdays (3pm at Westbank). We also have a growing collection of language materials for children. Language books are in the nonfiction section 400s. Bookflix (available on our Kids’ Room page) also has books in Spanish. Just look for the red “en español” label next to the Go button.

Summer is rolling on
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one” (George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons). Come by and pick up a stack of books for some leisurely vicarious living on these hot summer days!