2017 Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration Photo & Art Contest

The 2017 Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration will include an art and photography contest open to all ages. The celebration is scheduled for August 24 through 26 this year.

Click here to download the complete rules and entry form.

The art and photo contest is being hosted by the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library with entries to be displayed in the library’s new meeting space during the week of the celebration. The goal of this new event is to encourage local citizens and Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration participants to show their artistic talent. The contest provides an opportunity to learn about the unique beauty and habitat of hummingbirds while fundraising for the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library.

Artistic entries may be in the forms of photography or fine art, including painting, sculpture, textiles, collages, jewelry and other media. Categories include adults and youth. Those under the age of 18 as of August 18, 2017 will be eligible for the youth category.

Awards include 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place in each category, one Best of Show, and one People’s Choice Award. Cash prizes up to $100 for 1st Place winners. A $200 Best of Show will be selected from the first place winners. Other prizes include binoculars, hummingbird feeders, and books.

There is no fee to enter. However, this event is a fundraiser for Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library. A donation to the Friends with contest submissions will be greatly appreciated. (Recommended gift: $5-$10 or more.) To be eligible to win a prize, a submission must depict in some fashion a North American hummingbird or hummingbirds.

Each entry must include an entry form and must be received by the library between noon on Friday, August 18, and 2 pm Saturday, August 19. All entries will be available for sale unless marked NFS (not for sale). All monies from the sale of entries go to FJDCL.

Entry forms and complete contest details are available online at the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce website: www.fortdavis.com. Printed entry forms will also be available at the library and the Chamber office.

For questions about the contest, contact Jeanine Bishop: fjdclibrary@gmail.com (432) 249-1024 For questions/info about hummingbirds, contact Cecilia Riley: cmriley@bigbend.net, or Madge Lindsay: madgelindsay@me.com.

 

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Bridging La Frontera – Sasha Pimentel

Thursday, April 6, at the library, we host poet Sasha Pimental during National Poetry Month. Members and prospective members of FJDCL are welcome for a reception at 5:30. Open program by Sasha at 6:30. Make possible by: Big Bend Coffee Roasters, Fort Davis State Bank, King Land & Water, and a grant from Humanities Texas.

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Come See Our New Look!

The Judge Ann Scudday Southwest Collection has now moved to a more prominent location near the front of the library. Computers are more conveniently located and there are several seating areas available for relaxing or conferencing. Sit in one of the laptop carousels – all of which have a place to plug in! The back of the library is now a flexible meeting room space. Thanks to the library staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this possible and special thanks to patrons for their patience during the big move!


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April 2017 Happenings at the Library!

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March 2017 Newsletter

Catch up on the latest! Read our March 2017 newsletter.

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March Happenings at the Library

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Bridging La Frontera – Robert Seltzer

Bridging La Frontera – Welcoming El Paso authors to the Big Bend area
Sponsored by Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library
Made possible by a grant from Humanities Texas

Robert Seltzer is a native of El Paso, TX. He earned a journalism degree from UTEP and worked for newspapers such as the Houston Chronical, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the San Antonio-Express-News, where he is currently the public editor. He has won state and national awards for his news, feature, and sports reporting.

In Amado Muro and Me, ten-year-old Robert Seltzer discovers that his father, Chester, actually leads two lives – one as a newspaperman and father who somehow always knows what his son is thinking; the other as Amado Muro, a passionate and gifted writer whose pseudonym is adopted from the name of his Mexican immigrant wife. Chester was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but in Amado Muro’s stories, he channels an intense love of Mexican culture to create deep, strong roots in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017
Private reception with the author for FJDCL members at 6 pm in the Hotel Limpia.
Free public discussion and book-signing at 7 pm at the library.

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Winter 2016 Newsletter

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Cookbook Club Cookie Exchange – Dec 12 @noon

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Cookbook Club cookie exchange at noon on Monday, Dec 12. Come in and select a recipe from the new cookbook, “Dorie’s Cookies” and bring a batch to the exchange. Gwin will be making her favorite World Peace cookies which just happen to be on the cover of the book. You can check out “Dorie’s Cookies” by Dorie Greenspan or peruse the reference copy while you’re at the library.

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December Happenings at the Library

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1 – Learn @ Lunch: Button expert Kathy Hurst will talk about and display some of her collection, noon.
5 – Meet the Artists reception, noon. Join the members of the One O’clock Studio group for the opening of their group show at the library. Refreshments.
6 – Children’s Library Enrichment Program, 11 a.m.
9 – Crafternoon: Learn to make a scented room spray with essential oils, noon.
10 – Frontier Christmas parade, 6 p.m. Afterward, meet Santa in the library.
12 – Cookbook Club cookie exchange, noon. Come in and select a recipe from the new cookbook, “Dorie’s Cookies” and bring a batch to the exchange.
13 – Children’s Library Enrichment Program, 11 a.m.
16 – Library Volunteer Appreciation Day!
20 – Children’s Library Enrichment Program, 11 a.m.
22-26 – Closed for Christmas holiday
27 – No enrichment program due to holidays.
30 – Texas Trivia for all ages, noon. Bring a sack lunch, if desired.

All programs are free and open to the public.
For more information, call (432) 426-3802.

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Pie Crust Demo – Fri, Nov 4 @ Noon

Just in time for the pie-making holidays, join us at the Jeff Davis County Library for a pie crust demonstration. Learn  tips and tricks for making tender, flaky pie crusts. Handouts will include a recipe and notes. If you would like to get hands-on and practice making the dough, bring a mixing bowl (one that will hold at least two quarts) and 12 ounces of your preferred shortening: butter, vegetable shortening or lard, or a combination. The demo will be at noon, Friday, Nov. 4, at the Jeff Davis County Library. Free. Questions? Call or visit Gwin at the library at 432-426-3802 or email library@co.jeff-davis.tx.us.

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The Evolution of the American Bandana

Join us for “The Evolution of the American Bandana” featuring a show and tell of 40 unique textiles from the 1920s-30s to the present, tracing the designs of an everyday Western accessory. Discussion includes reference books, websites, and historic photos. Bring a bag lunch and your bandanas, if you like, for an informal and interesting program by Elaine Harmon. Noon, Wednesday, Oct 26. Free.

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This Week at the Library – Oct 17, 2016

Monday, Oct. 17: Fort Davis Historical Society meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18: Library enrichment for homeschoolers, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18: Big Bend Photo Club Meeting will NOT be at the library this month. (Field trip instead – sunset photo shoot. Meet on Mitre Peak Rd at 7pm. More info here.
Thursday, Oct. 20: Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library author talk withDaniel Chacón, 7 p.m. More info here.

More info on October events at the library can be found here.

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Bridging La Frontera – Daniel Chacón

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Please join Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library for the first in our three-part series, “Bridging La Frontera” featuring El Paso author Daniel Chacón on Thursday, October 20 at the JDC Library in Fort Davis.

Daniel Chacón is an award-winning author who has written four works of fiction and is the first speaker in our series about life on both sides of the border.

His most recent work, Hotel Juarez, is a collection of short stories that contains images which come to life in the readers’ minds: “a girl remembers her father who taught her to love books and libraries. A book can whisper at you, call you from the shelves. Sometimes a book can find you. Seek you out and ask you to come and play…”

Hotel Juarez received the 2014 Pen Oakland Award for Literary Excellence and 2013 Tejas NACCS Award for Best Fiction.

Chacón’s earlier works include Chicano Chicanery and Unending Rooms followed by And the Shadows Took Him. He also collaborated on The Last Supper of Chicano Heros, a compilation of selected works of José Antonio Burciaga.

Currently a professor of creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso, Chacón’s newest novel, D, will be published in 2017.

The event will start at 6 p.m. with a “Members Only” wine and cheese reception for the author at the Hotel Limpia veranda. Purchase a membership at the door to attend the reception – $10/individual and $15/family.

The free, public program begins at 7 p.m. at the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis where Daniel Chacón will discuss the process and art of writing.

Chacón’s books will be available for purchase and signing. For further details, contact the library at (432) 426-3802.

“Bridging La Frontera” series is made possible by a grant from Humanities Texas with generous local support from Big Bend Coffee Roasters and Fort Davis State Bank.

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This Week at the Library – Sept 12, 2016

There are some great free programs are coming to the library. Don’t miss out!

Wednesday, Sept. 14 Noon. Lunch and Learn. “Book Chat” Reviews of new incoming materials at the library. Bring a sack lunch and a thirst for knowledge.

Thursday, Sept. 15 From 4-6 p.m. Celebrate Texas “Power Up Day” by participating in a demonstration featuring the use of our 3-D printer

Sunday, Sept. 18  From 4-6 p.m. another “Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party” will be at the Hotel Limpia complete with live Elizabethan music, refreshments, a cash bar, and excerpts from the play. One hour before and after the program there will be tours of the library with discussion of plans for enriching the library.

Please join us! For details, please phone the library at 426 3802.

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