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The Gunter Gazette
June 2018

The Gunter Library & Museum
110 S Hwy 289 #4
Gunter, Texas 75058



Take a Trip to Guernsey Circa 1946

-Nancy Watson

First time author Mary Ann Shaffer’s The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society might be your next summer read.  This engaging novel is told in the epistolary form (a novel comprised of letters written by the characters to one another).

The plot tells the story of London-based writer Juliet Ashton and the inhabitants of the British Isle of Guernsey that she meets in an unexpected manner.  To kick off the novel, Juliet receives a letter from Guernsey resident, Dawsey Adams. Dawsey happens across a used book that contained Juliet’s contact information. Starved for hard to get books due to the post-World War II circumstances on Guernsey, Dawsey reaches out to Juliet for possible assistance in obtaining other works by the same author. Through correspondence, Juliet becomes fascinated about the wartime German occupation that occurred on Guernsey and decides to write about it.

While The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society introduces us to a cast of quirky and sometimes silly characters it does not avoid telling of wartime atrocities and wrongs committed by Germans nor wrongs of other Guernsey native residents.  It also does not fall into the trap of simply demonizing every German soldier throughout the story. And, while there is not a happy ending for every character, the love story which unfolds in the novel will leave you smiling.

Shaffer’s health became poor as she worked to complete the novel. Fortunately for her readers, Shaffer’s niece and co-writer, Annie Barrows, stepped in to finish the novel and ready it for publishing following her aunt’s passing. 


 Summer STEM:

Can you make a banana play like a piano? Can you draw a musical instrument on paper and make it play a song? What can you do with a MakeyMakey?  Make it Sing Summer STEM Camp begins Tuesday June 5 at 1:00 pm for children going into 2nd – 5th grades.

Library Update

New Books:

The library has just ordered ten new bilingual children’s books. Quiero a mi Papa Porque (I love My Daddy Because) will arrive just in time for Father’s Day, which is on June 17 this year. Other titles ordered are Si yo Tuviera un Pequeno Barco by Calee Lee, Olivia Vende Galletas, and Olivia la Princesa by Natalie Shaw, Un Sillon para mi Mama by Vera Williams, De Como Tia Lola Vino (de Visita) a Quedarse by Julia Alvarez, La Llama Rojo Pijama by Anna Dewdney, Me Gusta Cuando by Mary Murphy, and Judy Moody: Esta de Mal Humor by Megan McDonald. These easy picture books as well as Easy Spanish Short Novels for Beginners by Alvaro Parra Pinto will help students learning Spanish keep up their skills this summer.

Books on CDs:

The library has just received a new rotating collection of audiobooks from the Collaborating Libraries of North Texas (CLINT). The rotating collections move on to other participating libraries four times a year, so we will keep this collection until September. We also have a new rotating collection of large print books, provided by Northeast Texas Libraries (NETLibs).

Summer Reading Program:

We are kicking off our summer program with a spectacular event on Tuesday June 5. The TAME Science Trailer will be here from 9:00 – 1:00. Don’t miss the opportunity to introduce your kids to some exciting science activities. Over 100 people enjoyed this hands-on science exhibit two years ago. Come early to be sure you get to visit the trailer. At 10:30 Storytime, award winning author Nancy Churnin will read and sign her new biography of Irving Berlin. From 10-1:30, Juanita Hazelton will demonstrate some ways to make music with Makey Makey connections between bananas and computers. Space is limited in “Make it Sing Makey Makey Summer Camp” scheduled on Tuesdays during June, so make sure your child is registered. Camp activities are intended for children 2nd-5th grades. On June 5, the library will be selling a pizza lunch provided by Andrea’s Restaurant. Other businesses in the shopping center will be open for this morning of fun.

Adult Summer Reading Challenge:

Pick up your reading list for the Book Flight Bonanza reading challenge. Books with similar interests are paired on the list. Read any four books to have your name in the drawing for a Kindle Fire to be awarded August 14.

Mom & Me Tea:

May 10, 2018 marked the 2nd annual Mom & Me Tea fundraising event for the Gunter Library and Museum. Several community businesses rallied to support the library by donating items and services as raffle prizes. Prizes included home décor items, baked goods, hair and massage services, gift certificates to local establishments, and more.

Those in attendance enjoyed cookies, fruit, and of an assortment of tea flavors at the beautiful Springs Events venue. Children made Mother’s Day cards and explored the gardens while parents mingled with friends both long-standing newly formed. 

Through the generosity of the community $211.00 was raised for the library!  



Story Time with Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Teri!

We are so excited to get another volunteer that loves story time just as much as I do!  Ms. Teri is one of our new volunteers that is actually a resident of Celina!  We have moms from Celina, Gunter and Sherman that bring their kids to story time here at the Gunter Library and Museum.  We had so much fun this month with some of our new books that we got at TLA in April.  Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border was fabulous and funny!  For Mother’s Day Ms. Teri read the My Mom is Magical by Sabrina Moyle and the kids made fun crafts about Unicorns! We also read Wild About Us by Karen Beaumont and talked about feelings with The Way I Feel by Janan Cain. We ended the month as Super Heroes when wedressed up and read Be A Star, Wonder Woman by Michael Dahl.  

Our Story Time is year round!  Every Tuesday at 10:30 am we have our story, craft, song, games and snack.  Join us for a fun summer of reading!

Gunter Elementary Kindergarten Classes Visit the Gunter Library and Museum


On May 11th, the GES Kindergarten classes made a special visit to the Gunter Library.  Since it was just before Mother’s Day we focused on Mother’s and read the cutest story called “My Mom is Magical” by Sabrina Moyle.  Our friend Teri Williams, read our story and it was wonderful! She is so animated when she reads to our kids!  

For the past few years students from GES have been walking across the street with the help of our fine Gunter Police Department.  Story time has been a fun break for the students!  We have found them to be very well behaved and have been a joy to have in the Library.  We have over 70 students that come over in sets of 2 classes at a time.  How we fit them all is always a wonder to me!  We read our story and then divide up into 3 groups that rotate around the Library doing fun activities!  We made a bookmark for our Mother’s that had our tiny little fingerprint flowers on them. Then we played games and had fun.  They even got to take their snack home with them.  

The Gunter Library will continue this tradition in the next school year as well.  My goal is to help encourage the joy of reading and being read to.  It is my hope that they will always remember how fun and happy the Library can be all their lives and that it is a place of learning and joy.  We hope that you will bring your little ones to the library this summer so they don’t get the Summer Slide.  Come join our Summer Reading Program with gifts, prizes and fun!  Your child may even win a Kindle Fire just for reading!

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

Yield: About 9 - 10 kebabs



  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple juice
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil , divided, plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced (4 tsp)
  • 1 Tbsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 3/4 lb boneless , skinless chicken breast, chopped into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 cups (heaping) fresh cubed pineapple (about 3/4 of 3 lb pineapple)
  • 1 1/2 large green peppers , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion , diced into 1 1/4-inch pieces
  1. In a mixing bowl whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Stir in 3/4 tsp pepper and season with salt if desired. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag. Reserve 1/2 cup of the marinade in refrigerator then pour remaining marinade over chicken. Seal bag and refrigerate 1 hour (meanwhile soak 10 wooden skewer sticks in water for 1 hour).

  2. Preheat a grill over medium heat to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, drizzle remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil over red onion, bell pepper and pineapple and toss. Season red onion and bell pepper with salt and pepper, then thread red onion, bell pepper, pineapple and chicken onto skewers until all of the chicken has been used. Brush grill grates with olive oil then place skewers on grill. Grill 5 minutes then brush along tops with 1/4 cup of remaining marinade. Rotate to opposite side and brush remaining 1/4 cup of marinade on opposite side and allow to grill about 4 minutes longer, or until chicken registers 165 degrees in center on an instant read thermometer. Serve warm.


Small Talk 

-Mitzi Nelson, M.S., CCC-SLP

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” -Dr. Seuss

Imagine a massive castle standing proud on top of a dangerously steep cliff overlooking the crashing waves of the fierce sea below.  A princess runs down the stone spiral staircase to greet her best friend that has just sailed the rocky sea.

Now, imagine that same princess has changed her mind about living in a castle and instead wants to be an astronaut that boards a legendary spaceship headed for a great adventure beyond the skies.  

Only in the world of pretend play do dreams come alive.  Children are experts at pretend play. Pretend play sparks creativity, problem solving skills, and lays a firm foundation for a child’s overall cognitive development.  Sadly, though, research confirms that preschool-age children are engaging in pretend play less and less. There is a downward trend in time allotted for children to engage in unstructured play.  As a result, children enter school without foundational skills for coping, social-emotional development, language development, initiation, and creativity.

FUNovation Station LLC. is a new business opening right here in Gunter to inspire pretend play.  FUNovation Station is a boutique, hands-on play museum that will host exhibits specially-designed by early childhood professionals to promote cognitive, language, social-emotional, gross motor, and fine motor development.  A creative team of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, early childhood teachers, special education teachers, and educators have come together to custom-design the play experience at FUNovation Station.

FUNovation Station will feature special events such as STEM activities, Mommy and Me classes, and arts/crafts.  

FUNovation Station will also be available for birthday party and private party rentals.  

Inspiring our children to engage in quality play experiences prepares them to be leaders and problem-solvers in future generations.

The little girl playing princess and astronaut will one day grow-up to be a political world-leader making decisions that affect millions of lives.  Pretend play gives her the foundation to understand the implications of her decisions and the creativity to solve problems in a way no one else could have imagined.  

FUNovation Station is opening AUGUST 2018 in the same shopping center as the Gunter Library and Museum.

Fire Ants in the Garden

-Juanita Hazelton

  Every time I tried to weed my asparagus patch this spring, fire ants would come boiling out of the ground. I needed to get rid of the ants before the weeds took over, so I turned to the organic answers of the Dirt Doctor, Howard Garrett. Because fire ants have adapted to chemicals like diazinon, Orthene, and Mytex, he recommends organics. In his book Dear Dirt Doctor, he suggests drenching the mounds with a mix of one-part orange oil or d-limonene, one-part compost tea, and one-part molasses. Then use 4-6 ounces of the mix per gallon of water to treat the mounds. He also recommends Garden-Ville Auntie Fuego or GreenSense Soil Drench, if you don’t want to make your own mix. Follow-up by treating the site with beneficial nematodes. He says long term control of fire ants is the biodiversity of microbes, insects, and other animals encouraged by organic gardening.

     It took three doses of the orange oil mixture, but my asparagus patch is now free of fire ants. I need to treat the ants in the swiss chard and the strawberry bed next, but I know what works now. Unfortunately, the pesky fire ants also live in the orchard. We were planting some apple trees to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and I accidently stepped right in one of the ant beds. Ouch! They are rightly named “fire ants.”

     The threatening storm that descended on us on Friday, May 25 brought nearly an inch of rain with it. My tomato plants, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, dill, onions, and squash loved it! What a pleasure it was to sit down to supper with everything but the meat fresh out of the garden!


Skills for Staying  Happy in Trying Times

-Judy Cook, MD

When we see all the tragic events that happen on the news – especially our children being targeted in school shootings – as well as all the other negative news, and seeing all those commercials telling us everything that is “wrong” with us and around us, it’s a challenge to stay happy.   Add to that the hostility we observe by our designated ‘leaders’ in our government toward each other and a wide variety of other people and issues, and it is easy to get overwhelmed with the sense that our world is going downhill fast.

Realistically, few of us as individuals are in the position to change any of these issues, and certainly not in ways that can help us see progress right away.  On the other hand, if we continue to focus on these things as an ‘unarmed citizen’ there is a high probability it will progressively take our mood down and impair how we are functioning in our lives.  

A couple skills regularly applied, however,  can work like a shield, fending off these assaults, helping you put things in a perspective that will help your mindset evolve in a more positive direction, and hopefully become contagious enough to spread to the people around you. These are skills I use personally and have taught as helpful tools to thousands of patients.  By sharing them publicly it just might, over time, have a positive impact on some of these events for many more of you.

First, what can YOU do about the news for yourself?  The first thing to keep in mind about the news is WHY it is news.  It is new, it is unusual, and it is almost always frightening. Why? Because this is how they get your attention, so that they have an audience and can sell the products of their advertisers.   “If it bleeds, it leads” in the world of journalism, and generally positive news shows have not survived very long at all. Despite appearances, really negative news is rare – they have to search all over the globe to find enough to fill those news programs every day, and much of it is repeated endlessly.  Use this knowledge to put it in perspective and let it serve as your primary defense. First minimize your exposure to it – how many times do you need to hear that same negative stuff after all. Second, try to avoid watching it before going to bed at night so it isn’t playing over in your brain all night. Third, remind yourself that much of this is strategy to sell you products.  Fourth, and most important, remind yourself that this means MOST stuff going on in the world is not negative at all and that the probability for this happening to you or someone you know is really rare!

Second, what can you do about all those ads that are telling you all the things that are wrong with you and pretty much everything in the world around you?  Here, it is even simpler .... just keep in mind they want to sell you something and they are going to try to tap into your fear center to make that happen. Let yourself admire their craft – the drug ads are especially good at this because they make all the symptoms vague enough they can pretty much convince anyone that they have the problem that their drug will solve.  But make up your mind that when you will watch this you will stay aware of their end goal, and also focus on the fact that with so many solutions to whatever the given problem – such as weight loss, for example – if there truly were a solution that worked really well, almost everyone would be using it and be thin.

Finally, spend some time thinking about things to be grateful for in your life, even if you have to get as basic as being glad you are not having to sleep in a cave and kill the bear that is sharing it with you so you will have food and something warm to wear.  Even those things that are true tragedies do have some positive aspects to them if you look at the bigger picture. I would hope that some of these senseless tragedies help us learn to be more appreciative of our loved ones for whatever length of time we have them, and also make us able to see those people who reach out to help and care just because they can.  Hopefully you can see the need for spreading more love and positivity as a way of going against this negative current and role modeling something more positive for the future. Hatred tends to beget more hatred, but spreading love and positivity spreads more of that. We each get to choose what we spread around to others in our lives.

Sour Patch Grapes - Healthier than the Candy!

Sour Patch Grapes are my new go to for my sour candy fix! With only two ingredients, these candied grapes come together in seconds and taste like you threw deliciously tart green grapes into the machines at the Sour Patch Candy factory!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24 servings


  • 1/3 box Jolly Rancher Watermelon Mix
  • 1/3 box Jolly Rancher Green Apple Mix
  • 1/3 box Jello Lemon Mix
  • 1/3 box Jello Orange Mix
  • 3 pounds of green grapes
  • toothpicks
  • 1 cup water


  1. Pour 1/3 of each flavor into small bowls.
  2. Poke a toothpick in through the spot where the stem was attached.
  3. Using toothpick, dip in water and roll in mix. (Or just have a bowl of grapes sitting in water).
  4. Put in fridge for as long as it takes to chill them completely.
  5. I also froze a few to test, I will update my post in the morning about how good they are!
  6. Once they are fully chilled you can easily remove the toothpicks.
  7. Enjoy!

Historical Newspapers Add Excitement to Family Research

-Juanita Hazelton

  Have you run up against a wall in your family research? There are many Internet resources for family research, some free, and some that cost for a subscription. Family Search is one of the free sites. You can enter your ancestor’s name and open many doors for research. Genealogy Bank is not one of the free ones. You can sign up for free searches for a limited time, but then your card is automatically charged, unless you go to the site and cancel it. Genealogy Bank has a connection to historical newspapers and articles for all 50 states. I used it this past week end to research my great grandfather in Texas. I knew he came to Texas from Georgia after 1870. I knew my grandfather was born in Corsicana, Texas in 1876 and his younger brother was born near Decatur in 1882, before the family moved to Oklahoma, but I didn’t know much about my g-great’s movements in Texas other than a family rumor that he lived all over Texas.  I entered his name in Genealogy Bank’s Historical Newspaper section. I was able to limit the search by state and by date. I found some surprising articles. Here is one:

     In the Ft. Worth Daily Gazette, February 9, 1888, on page 5, I found the following: “Special to the Gazette, Cisco, Texas, Feb. 8 The Skeleton of a Monster Animal of a Species Long Extinct Found in Eastland County … “In this county about 20 miles southeast of Cisco, near Jewett, a small village, is a problem for the scientists to solve. Mr. A. O. McCrain, a gentleman well known in Cisco, came into town this afternoon and brought two teeth and other parts of the head of a large skeleton that has been discovered in this neighborhood. One of the teeth weighs eight pounds and the other sixteen pounds. Since the middle of the afternoon and until a late hour to-night great crowds have been passing into the store where they are on exhibition to view the teeth of the great monsters. Mr. McCrain said: “a few days ago Archie Brown, one of my neighbors, was hunting in the woods for timber to make an ox bow, and while walking up a creek noticed a long horn sticking out of the bank of the creek and tried to pull it out but could not. He then undertook to dig it out, and after digging six feet he came to the head. He then sought aid from his neighbor, and they, after digging seven feet through hard clay, unearthed the head, two horns, the left foreleg and one of the ribs of the monster. The lower jawbone measured two and a half feet across the widest part and three feet long. Its head measured five feet long and three feet between the eyes. The horns are six feet long and twelve inches in diameter two feet from the head. The left foreleg bone, from the knee joint to the shoulder, is five feet long and eight inches in diameter just above the knee. The rib examined is six feet long and twelve inches wide.” Mr. McCrain says great crowds of people go to examine the skeleton.”

     I now know one place my ancestor lived in Texas, in 1888. I also now have an exciting story to tell my grandchildren! If you haven’t tried researching your family in historical newspapers, try it. You may be surprised at what you find.


Words of Wellness

-Morgan Waggoner

Congratulations! You’ve done it! You are among the 80% of students in the United States that actually make it to graduation! Hopefully you will take a moment to reflect on and celebrate this monumental accomplishment!  As I reflect on my own graduation many, many, MANY years ago…. (Ok, ok, not as many as some of you reading this, but still 20 years ago this year!) I think of the good, the bad, the happy and the sad memories I have. I feel overwhelming grateful for some of the special lessons I learned during that season, that helped shaped the person I am today. For those of you who are turning the page at the end of this chapter, take a deep breath, take a nap and get ready…. your book is far from over and the next chapter is beginning now! And while I could write an entire novel of unsolicited advice (hmmm, there’s an idea! Maybe I’ll work on that! 😉) I have just one thought that has been on my heart all week as we have prepared for graduation.  Our society will try to tell you to “be real” and “raw” and “vulnerable”…. to let people see your pain, your insecurities, your weakness and your flaws.  To do this, or so I’ve been told, apparently shows that you are “human” and are just like the rest of the other 7 billion humans on the earth (and to do this you have to use as many cuss words as possible to talk about your life….sarcasm intended!).  Well, I would challenge you now to include the other side of your humanity…the joy, the enthusiasm, the strength, the happiness in your “being real”. Since when did being real discount the other natural emotions and abilities you were equipped with? I’m not suggesting that the other emotions aren’t real (or even that cuss words can’t be associated with positive emotions), because pain and struggle is absolutely real.  But I am suggesting that when you experience the emotions or thoughts that tend to make you think the world is over, that you can’t go on, that you have no purpose now or in the future, that people don’t like you, that you are worthless, etc etc etc…that you acknowledge them, you honor them, you feel them and then you let them go… that you exercise a little (or a lot!) of faith and believe what we may not be able to see at that particular moment: the truth that you are just getting started, that tomorrow is a new day, that there IS a plan and a purpose for your life, that you are loved and that you are worth the effort of keeping on this journey of life! Both perspectives are “real” and whatever you focus on will either guide you onward and outward in love and service to others or inward and downward into a slow, painful death by drowning in a self-pity cess pool.  Less we forget: you have already made it this far!!!! You have pushed through one of your first of many maybe tedious, maybe mundane, maybe upsetting, maybe uncomfortably challenging, maybe painful, maybe never-been-so-close-to-quitting moments of life….and you DID IT!!!! YOU DIDN’T GIVE UP! YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!!!!! YOU ARE VICTORIOUS!!!!! The JOY and RELIEF and EXCITEMENT is just as REAL as all the other junk you mired through to get here! As you begin to write the pages of the next chapter, no matter what happens along the way, you can look back and be overwhelmingly grateful that you were not alone in this part of your journey (and never will be…remember the other 7 billion of us??) and you are loved beyond measure (if you still aren’t sure about that, I wrote this for YOU, didn’t I?? 😊) Stay in touch with your true self and with those you care about and get out there and add some of your Love to the world…we need you and we want to read your book one day!!

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Schedule of events for 2018
April 9th - Meet the Candidate Night at 6:30
May 17th - GHS Scholarship Awards
**June 1st - Membership Networking at Landmark Bank Happy Hour 5:30-7pm. 
July 4th - Fourth of July in the Park 6-10 pm
October - Community Barn Dance
November - Member Networking Event - The Woods Potluck Dinner
December 1st - Holly Jolly Craft Fair 9-3:00 pm at GHS
Because What We Say At Home Should Stay At Home
-Joe Woodwell

What do you get when you combine an Open-Source device with voice features and enables you to buy  things or services with voice-commands that are based on uber-secure transaction payment tech called Block-chain? You get the world’s first, purpose-built, completely-private, voice-enabled personal assistant.

If you’re thinking Alexa from Amazon, you’re in the ballpark, except without all the snooping and privacy violations.

Ballpark??? Yeah, but Snips is way, way better.

Snips AIR is a network of devices collaborating to form a mesh of AI assistants. This enables your entire home to be seamlessly voice-enabled, while protecting your family’s privacy. Snips AIR runs locally on the devices you choose, without any voice data being sent to the cloud, so no-one can spy on you or your kids, keeping your home private as it should be.

Snips is private by design, GDPR-compliant out of the box…and is multi-lingual with out-of-the-box understanding of English, Spanish, French, and much more. And the best part? Snips works off-line, even if the internet goes down.

Snips voice-platform uses voice to make technology disappear. Just like we envisioned it would do. Check it out here:

Really, check it out.

Check-Out Library Materials 24/7 Online!

Gunter Library and Museum card holders can check out eBooks and eAudiobooks through OverDrive and their great new app Libby. You can find out more by going to Libby is highly recommended for first time eBook readers, it is so easy! You can also easily read or listen directly from your browser by going to Here are some quick steps to getting started if you already know your library card number and password.

  1. Click on Sign in on the upper right corner of the page.

  2. Select Gunter Library Museum from the drop down menu on the left side of the page.

  3. Type in your library card number.

  4. Type in your PIN (you may email if you do not remember your PIN).

  5. Click on Sign in.

  6. Search for title, author, or keywords or just browse.

  7. Click on Borrow, then go to Loans under My account at the top of the page.

  8. Click on Read in Browser. If you are using the app and want to have it available when not connected to WI-FI click on Download and choose EPUB.

Pro Tips

  1. If the word Borrow is under a title it is available to check out. Place a hold puts you on the waiting list when the book is checked out to someone else.

  2. A book symbol lets you know it is an eBook.

  3. A headphone symbol lets you know it is an eAudiobook.

  4. Items check in automatically after 2 weeks, but you can return most titles early if you would like.

  5. Three dots lets you know that there are more menu options available if you click on them.

  6. The Libby app will remember your library card information for multiple accounts and multiple libraries.

  7. Pressing the spacebar will advance one page forward in the book. The left and right arrow keys will move you back and forth one page. The up arrow will let you know how far you are in the book and allow you to change the text size.

If you want to join the eBook crowd but just aren’t getting the hang of it, email us for an eBook assistance appointment at

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