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  • 23 Apr 2021 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    STOP BY THE LIBRARY AND BROWSE

    THE FRIENDS BOOK SALE SHELVES

    (SELECTION CHANGES OFTEN AS NEW BOOKS ARE ADDED)


    AS OF APRIL 22, 2021



  • 11 Apr 2021 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the week of April 4-10 we celebrated National Library Week.  The Friends of the Buda Library gave a gift to all of our librarians (Melinda, Caitlin, Martha, Angie, Amy, Jennifer, Heather, Yalimar, Savannah and Pamela) to let them know how much we appreciate their service to our community.


  • 7 Mar 2021 10:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Thank you to everyone that dropped off book donations at the Buda Library on Saturday.  Friends will be sorting and organizing for a few months to get them ready for our annual book sale.  The date is not set but will be announced as soon as CDC guidance allows us to hold this event.  Most likely it will be packed with mask wearing and social distancing but we will be glad to finally be able to get back to business.

  • 19 Feb 2021 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Every month we meet virtually and discuss a book we have read during the month with our Friends.  This is a nice way to take a little break from all the craziness going on around us and with us.  This month, February 2021, we had even more issues to deal with during the 2021 Winter Snow Storm and disaster in Texas!  No power, no water, running out of food and just trying to keep safe until the storm passes.  There we were, our group of eight solid members who always show up to socialize and share their insights with the group.  

    This month we read a five star book, "When We Believed in Mermaids" by Barbara O'Neal.  Barbara has written many outstanding books over the years, also using the name Barbara Samuel in her earlier years.  Many of her books have received awards and become best sellers.  We found so many interesting topics related to "Mermaids" and planned to start reading more of her Women's Lit library.

    At 7pm our group was pleasantly surprised to have Barbara O'Neal herself join us on our Zoom meeting.  We had a chance to get a deeper view of how and why characters evolved in her story.  Barbara explained about the process she goes through to write a novel.  It was such a pleasant experience to just "hang out" with such a genuine human being.  She melded so well that it was like she was one of us.

    Thanks goes out to Barbara for visiting and answering our questions.  What an amazing author and someone who we can now call an honorary Friend.


     


  • 15 Feb 2021 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Buda Lions have been a part of the community since 1975.  The club is chartered through Lions Club International, which is the world's largest service organization.  When asked who or what are the Lions: "we make as much money as we possibly can to give back first, to the community and second, to people all over the world.  

    Thanks goes to the Lions for once again supporting the "Friends" and contributing to our ongoing fundraisers to provide programs, supplies and media of all sorts to the Buda Library.


  • 12 Feb 2021 5:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Brooklyn's Down South Restaurant and Bar depends on a team approach to provide fresh and delicious foods in a welcoming setting. General manager Mirna Lemus and Chef Andrea Garcia have worked with owner Brooklyn Robertson since the doors opened in Buda eight years ago. Originally known as Cleveland's before Robertson became sole owner, Brooklyn's has undergone name and interior redesign. Chef Andrea has, over the years, developed a diverse menu that reflects local, regional, and customer preferences. She said her menu is eclectic, and health conscious. Days of the week feature themed specials, such as Mexican, southern, sandwich, and fine cuisine, but all reflect her love of food and freshness.  Lemus' team of servers delivers the home-cooked offerings with a smile. Lemus and Chef Andrea want customers to feel "at home" while enjoying quality food at affordable prices, with a menu that offers something to a variety of palates and ages. And, while the food revolves "around the chef," development of creative cocktails revolves around the foods, Lemus added. 

    Chef Andrea said her evolving menu is expanding away from meat-centered meals, with more plant-based dishes being offered. She said that people have an increased awareness of foods and an increased exposure to unfamiliar foods because of the popularity of television food shows, and, as a result, now are more likely to try something they have heard about but not yet tasted. Chef Andrea is able to innovate and test out ideas through her changing specials each day. She also maintains awareness of seasonal foods and preferences. 

    Brooklyn's, located at 100 N. Main Street, offers indoor and patio dining, but is happy to provide take-out, delivery, and curbside service as well. Open daily except Mondays, it serves lunch and dinner, as well as a popular weekend brunch. 

  • 7 Feb 2021 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Time to start cleaning out your closets...


  • 31 Jan 2021 12:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Buda Bike Company is all about bicycles—from start to finish.  Shop owner David Barrientos loved his childhood neighborhood’s bike shop in Austin so much, he bought it after college.  He has spent his lifetime riding bikes and working on them. He has enjoyed leisurely riding as well as competitive, on roads and off road.

    Four years ago, when Austin rent got too high, he opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Buda because research, and personal experience in the area, confirmed a need for bicycle sales and service here--Buda Bike Company.  It offers everything a bicyclist needs, including bicycles, parts, gear, clothing, service, and repair.

    Over 20 years ago he got his first contract with Austin Police Department to maintain and repair its fleet of bicycles.  He has added on a few more area police departments, including Buda’s.  Having gained instruction in bicycle repair throughout his life, Barrientos also attended Colorado Springs’ Olympic Training Center in order to become a team mechanic for the Team USA’s Paralympic Triathlon Team.

    Barrientos said COVID 19 interrupted bicycle and parts production around the world because manufacturing, parts and basic raw materials mostly come from Asia.  The pipeline has slowed even as demand has increased due to more people choosing to enjoy themselves in outdoor pursuits, such as bicycling.  It is beginning to rebound, but may not reach pre-pandemic availability for many more  months, Barrientos explained.  Nevertheless, he still offers a selection of bicycles for all ages, and, always, service and repair.

    Buda Bike Company is located in the Buda Mill and Grain complex, at 304 South Main, Suite 102.

  • 30 Jan 2021 9:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Thank you, Texas Lehigh Cement Co., for your donation and your support of the Friends of the Buda Library. 

    It takes a lot of people working together to get the job done.  Our goal is help the Buda Library continue to add new programs, media and tools for our community to learn and grow.



  • 16 Jan 2021 12:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The “antique” of Old Town Buda Antique Mall isn’t just what’s inside, but also the building itself. Built in 1914, it has hosted businesses, apartment tenants, and maybe even served as an “overflow” nursing site for desperately ill victims of the 1918 flu pandemic.  Now it holds the vast and varied collections of 15 vendors offering items representing decades of “treasures”.

    Owners Robert and Mary Ann Gomez started their retail endeavor eight years ago when they began “picking” through offerings at estate sales, antique or “second hand” stores, and flea markets throughout Texas as they neared retirement from state government careers of 32 and 27 years respectively. They rented sales space from the Antique Mall’s previous owner in November 2017, and then bought the building and business in May 2018. They began renovations and opened up spaces the public had not seen in many years as they expanded the two stories of sales floor. Asked about their favorite sources for buying, Gomez said he likes estate sales because of the interesting international items he finds. He and Mary Ann also recognize the emotional value of items that held cherished memories for original owners. Mary Ann used to be drawn to Christmas memorabilia. Others of the 15 vendors look in many places to accumulate stock, such as one shop-keeping couple that takes an annual vacation and extended shopping trip to more distant locales like Germany and New England.

    Now that he has turned a hobby into a business, Gomez said he still enjoys it. “I never say I’m going to work. I say I’m going to the store. It’s fun and enjoyable. Best job I’ve ever had!” Due to COVID restrictions, they had to close for some time last spring, were able to reopen on weekends, and now are gradually adding back weekdays approaching “more normal times”, Gomez explained.

    Not unusual for an aged building that has hosted many people over time, this one has its share of ghost stories. Yes, ghost hunters have explored the building. There are a few tales.

    Old Town Buda Antique Mall stands stately at 212 Main Street in the middle of downtown.  There is plenty to explore—something for everyone—and maybe even a ghost story or two.

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