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Summer Programs

Summer 2012 @ the library!

Game On!

The Joe Barnhart Bee County Library will be promoting children's literacy this summer through our Summer Reading and Earning by Learning programs but this year we have something new for teens and adults as well! We are excited to announce that we will be leading a community health initiative through a competition based on the book The Game On! Diet by Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson.

The library is partnering with several area organizations including Coastal Bend College, the City of Beeville, Bee County, the Beeville Art Museum and others to support the initiative.

We will have some copies of the book The Game On! Diet: how to kick your friends butt while shrinking your own available for check-out at the public library or you can buy your own copy.

Adult language is used in the book, so we will provide some basic information from the book about the rules at the Game On! Blog. We will also provide participants with supportive documents like daily logs there. Purchasing information for the book:

The Game On! Diet : Kick your friends butt while shrinking your own by Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson.
ISBN 978-0-06-171889-2 published by Harper USA $14.99 in paperback.
(Copies are available for purchase at the library)

We will be adding a personalized twist to the competition. We have provided extra ways to earn points in the game for being a good library patron, for citizenship, and for cleaning up our environment.

General Information:

This competition is for men and women aged 16 and over with a valid JBBCL library card.

Participants will sign a personal responsibility statement absolving the sponsors from any liabilities. We encourage everyone to meet with their physician before starting any new diet or exercise program.

Participants will each pay $10 (cash) to join the Games for the summer. For this entry fee, participants will be allowed to attend all program events free of charge with their Game On! picture IDs which expire at the end of the summer. Your participation fee will be used towards the purchase of prizes and to provide programs and tools for the competition. A list of the events will be available on the blog ( June 11.

The game will run from July 18 through August 15. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, August 18. You can decide whether to participate all summer or for just one Game.

Participants can play and win as an individual but teamwork is encouraged by the authors and the library. Build a team with your friends, co-workers, fellow church members, family members or your neighbors. Don't worry about having a small team because there is an established calculation method to allow for teams of all sizes as well as individual players.
Each team or individual participant will be assigned an avatar or 'nickname' so your name will not appear in public unless you authorize it.

The winning team members will each receive a prize. An individual will win the Grand Prize at the end of the summer based on their individual scores combined with the most perfect score days in case of a tie. Participants will keep their own records of progress and points earned. Teams will select a team scorekeeper to keep team records. Integrity is essential!

Student nurses from Coastal Bend College will be taking blood pressure on Monday afternoons from 1-2 during the competition. Come to the Dental Hygiene building at 3800 Charco Rd on the CBC campus to get your blood pressure taken.

The library and our partners will host health programs and events throughout the summer. Non-participants can attend these since our goal is to improve the health of community members, but they will be charged a $2.00 cash entrance fee each time. Examples of these programs include running/ jogging clinics in mid- June presented by CBCs Athletic Coordinator Estevan Vasquez, blood pressure monitoring on Monday afternoon at the CBC Dental Hygiene Building, and diabetes and other health related information programs as well as art and music events which feed the mind and spirit.

Participants can use scales provided by JBBC library to measure your weight and body mass index throughout the competition. These will be conveniently located at both the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library and the Grady C. Hogue Learning Resource at Coastal Bend College @ 3800 Charco Rd. Beeville, TX 78102.

On Saturday, August 18, prizes will be awarded to team winners and a Grand Champion. The grand prize will be selected from several options.

For more information please join our blog at or you may pick up a hard copy of the overview, rules, and tips at the library located at 110 W. Corpus Christi, Beeville, Texas 78102

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Jennifer McCall will be presenting two Parkour classes at the public library from 10-11 on Wednesday, July 25 and Wednesday, August 1. We are presenting this as part of our GO campaign summer health initiative.

Mrs. McCall is a certified Parkour instructor who lives in George West. She teaches Parkour at Coastal Bend College for Continuing Education credits. Try it for free to see if this is the body and mind challenge that works for you! Ages 5-65 welcome.

Parkour is a physical discipline and non-competitive sport which focuses on efficient movement around obstacles. Developed in France by David Belle, the main purpose of the discipline is to teach participants how to move through their environment by vaulting, rolling, running, climbing, and leaping.

Military training

After the attention that parkour received following the 2006 film Casino Royale, military forces around the world began looking for ways to incorporate parkour into training it is slowly being introduced into the United States Marine Corps. There is no equipment required, although practitioners normally train wearing light casual clothing:

  • Light upper body garment such as T-shirt
  • Light lower body garment such as sweatpants, tracksuit bottoms or shorts

Comfortable running shoes, that are generally light, with good grip, and flexibility are encouraged. Some use thin athletic gloves to protect the hands;; those who do not prefer to "feel their environment" directly, often developing thick callouses.