Bee Cave librarian: Rolling Sculpture Car Show a roaring success – Austin American-Statesman

After a year’s absence due to the pandemic, the Rolling Sculpture Car Show returned to the Hill Country Galleria on Halloween to perfect fall weather and a lot of pent-up demand for outdoor activities.
More than 200 cars registered for the event and parked along the streets of the Galleria while popular Austin band Hot Pickin 57s played their upbeat mix of bluegrass, country and Americana. Celebrity announcers Shag Arrington from Motor Trend’s “Iron Resurrection” and Bob Fonseca from KLBJ-FM’s “Dudley & Bob with Matt Show” mingled with the crowd and announced the winners of more than 25 trophies. The People’s Choice awards went to David Hunt for his 1905 Cadillac Model E and to John Brindley for his 1960 Chevy Corvette Convertible. For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit rollingsculpturecarshow.com.
The Rolling Sculpture Car Show benefits the Friends of Bee Cave Public Library through paid sponsorships, car registrations and the sale of raffle tickets and T-shirts. The Galleria was a premier-level sponsor as it has been in the past, in addition to making the beautiful venue available for the show. Top level sponsors included All Star Burger; Arbor Car Wash; Ben Archer State Farm Insurance; Benton Enterprises, owner of the Bee Cave McDonald’s; Jerry Dixon’s Automotive and Klassic Cars; Kayla Williams DiNardo Farmers Insurance; and Thirsty Planet Brewing Company. Other sponsors included Peter van Kooij of Peter Sells Austin Realty; QualTech Automotive of Bee Cave; and ServiceONE of Bee Cave. We are so grateful to our new and returning sponsors for their support of this great event and the Bee Cave library. This year’s show raised $11,500 for the Friends of the Library, who use the money to fund annual scholarships for teen volunteers, service projects by the Teen Advisory Board, special activities for children during the Summer Reading Program at the library, and other special projects that fall outside the library’s annual budget.
Another popular program returning after a pandemic break is Merry Making Saturday on Dec. 4 from 2- 4 p.m. We will have live classical guitar music in the library and holiday-themed crafts and stories. Our Teen Advisory Board will help children make a time capsule ornament. This low-key event is our way of giving back to the community, so we encourage everyone to take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of holiday shopping at the Galleria and stop in for some merry-making at the library.
Our popular speaker series for adults, “What’s New Wednesday,” will feature a Winter Paint-Along at 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 1. Join us in person to become versed in the appreciation of Japanese woodblock prints and then paint your own canvas with a winter snowbird scene or color outside the lines with your own palette. To participate online, pick up supplies from the library between Nov. 17 and Nov. 30, and watch the presentation via Zoom or on Facebook Live. The event is free and open to the public.
If you’re looking for a way to connect with fellow readers, consider joining the Bee Cave Book Club. This informal group meets the second Thursday of every month in the library after hours to discuss an eclectic mix of fiction and nonfiction across multiple genres selected by the group. You’re welcome to visit for a particular title or come every month and share your thoughts about the featured book. At 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, the group will discuss “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng.
The Bee Cave Public Library is sponsoring an Angel Tree for the Salvation Army again this year. Look for the tree in the library foyer beginning Nov. 9. Angel tags on the tree will have the first name, age, gender of the child and gift suggestions. Stop by during library hours to choose a tag and then return your unwrapped gifts to the library by Tuesday, Nov. 30. We will deliver them to the Salvation Army, where they will be distributed to the families.
Storytime at the Park with Ms. Meliss meets Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. in the large pavilion at Bee Cave Central Park. This highly interactive program has children and grownups singing, moving and reading along with stories. Even the Storytime mascot, the Bee Cave Bee, is there! This lively group time is designed to build a love of books, language and learning into a child’s first five years. The program lasts about 20 minutes. Masks are encouraged and no registration is required.
After Storytime, enjoy playing at the park or make your way to the library to check out books, audiobooks and more to take home. Storytime at the Park runs through mid-December before going on hiatus until the spring of 2022. 
The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. During these hours we invite you to come in and browse, check out books and other materials, use the public computers or copier, pick up a take-home kit, or ask a librarian to suggest a new book to read. We are also continuing our contactless Front Door Pickup service if you prefer that to visiting in person. For more information, call us at 512.767.6620 or email [email protected].
Barbara Hathaway is the director of the Bee Cave Public Library.

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