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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Happy Birthday to Crystal Jaramillo
Happy Birthday to Lindsey Cobos

Author donates books while visiting Pecos

Lynn Sheffield Simmons of Argyle, an author of children's books, recently visited in Pecos with several members of The Modern Study Club at the Reeves County Library.

She was touring to several points in Arizona, as well as numerous places in Texas, for book signing gatherings where she autographed books she had written.

While stopped in Pecos enroute to Arizona, Mrs. Simmons read of some of The Modern Study Club's work for literacy in the Pecos Enterprise and asked to meet with the group and a meeting was planned. Sally Perry, Reeves County Librarian, also met with the group.

The outcome of the meeting was that author Simmons knew a great deal more concerning numerous literacy programs of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs, as well as literacy projects of The Modern Study Club and that the writer had pledged 48 copies of her book, Jack Crow Said Hello to the MS Club, for distribution at their discretion. The books have since been received.

Mrs. Simmons holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education from Texas Women's University. She is a member of Phi Delta Kapp honorary sorority and taught in the public schools. She has been a free lance writer for many years. Currently, she teaches the course "Writing for Children" through the Continuing Education Department at the University of North Texas. She has been the featured speaker at The Craft of Writing conference held on the campus of the University of North Texas, the High Plains Book Festival in Amarillo, and Raising a Reader Book Fair in Lubbock. She is the founder and president of the North Texas Book Festival, Inc. that provides grants to school libraries, public libraries and literacy programs.

Mrs. Simmons' award winning column, "Up A Creek," historical reviews and feature stories have appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines. She was Newspaper-in Education co-ordinator for the Denton Record-Chronicle and wrote two booklets, Using the Newspaper to Teach Reading Readiness Activities: A Parents Guide and Newspaper in the home: How to Help Your Child With Homework, that was distributed by the newspaper. Her historical pageant, The Place is Argyle and her Easter pageants have been performed in Argyle, Tx. many times.

Recently, Mrs. Simmons was awarded the Argyle Community Woman's Achievement Award for her volunteer contributions to the community.

Simmons is the author of the popular children's book Sugar Lump, the Orphan Calf; Bo, the Famous Retriever; Jack Crow Said Hello; Mrs. Simmons lives on a small farm in Argyle with her husband, Larry, who for many years had a dental practice in Denton.

Scholastic book fair planned

A scholastic book fair will be held from 8:10 a.m. until 3:45 p.m., at Pecos Kindergarten, beginning Monday, April 22 through Friday, April 26.

Everyone is welcome to come in and browse.

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