Changes at the Ft. Davis Library

As the community says goodbye to retiring County Librarian Toi Fisher, the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library wish her well and thank her for her service in building the library we have today.

We also want to let the community know that we will be fully assisting the interim librarian with volunteer staffing to keep the library staffed as many full days as possible until some permanent choices are made. We are working closely with the County and the existing staff as we move forward with this fresh start.

Many exciting changes are coming in the way of programs, activities, events, and new offerings. Everyone’s support is appreciated during the transition and suggestions are more than welcome for the future of this heart of the community! You can contact us at

In the meantime, let’s celebrate FJDCL’s 14 years of service to the Ft. Davis and Valentine libraries, the Ft. Davis After School Program, and our entire community!
Major Expenditures – Friends of the JDCL

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Evening With Big Bend Author, Elizabeth A. Garcia


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A special reception for members of the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library begins at 5 at the Hotel Limpia. (Not a member? Buy a membership at the door!) Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Followed by a public book-signing and meet-the-author event from 6:30 to 7:30 at the library in Fort Davis. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Elizabeth A. Garcia has lived in Big Bend Country for more than 30 years. She has published five books in the Deputy Ricos Tales Series set in and around Terlingua, as well as other novels.

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2015 Annual Report

What a year it was! Read more about the activities of the Friends in 2015 by visiting this link to our Annual Report. As an added update, we were notified in January 2016 that a grant from Abell-Hanger Foundation in Midland in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to the Friends to replace computers at the Jeff Davis County and Valentine Libraries. We are off to a great start in 2016!

FJDCL 2015 Annual ReportFJDCL 2015 Annual Report

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Thank you, Abell-Hanger Foundation!



The Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library is very pleased to announce the receipt of a grant to assist the libraries in Fort Davis and Valentine in replacing their computers and network systems. This grant comes to us from the Abell-Hanger Foundation and will provide significant benefits to both communities.

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2016 Annual Membership Meeting

2016 Annual Meeting

The Friends of the Jeff Davis County library is a 501(c)3 non-profit and holds an annual membership meeting each year. The 2016 meeting will be Thursday, January 28, at 6 pm at the library in Fort Davis. Members are welcome to attend and share ideas or suggest projects and activities to support the libraries and communities of Fort Davis and Valentine. We will have our annual report available at that time. We appreciate our members and encourage those who wish to be more involved.

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Book publishing event is Tuesday, October 20

October 20 flyer revisedClick to enlarge image

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Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party is Sunday, September 20 at Hotel Limpia


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Three seniors honored with scholarships

The Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library was able to honor three local high school seniors with scholarships at the 2015 graduation ceremonies in Valentine and Fort Davis.

Valentine graduate Gabriela Tarango and Fort Davis graduates Tierney Foster and Alexie Sanchez each received $1000 in the form of Nancy Robinson Memorial Scholarships to help toward their higher education expenses.

Many generous supporters of our community contributed to the scholarship fund to make these awards possible.

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Spring plantings and Memorial Day flags grace the terrace

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Bikes and kids and books! Oh my!

Ride for Reading was a success as the Fort Davis elementary kids got new books delivered by bicyclists. These books are perfect for summer reading!



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Ride for Reading hits the road May 15

On Friday, May 15, starting at 11 a.m. there will be a team of bicyclists delivering free books to more than one hundred students at Dirks-Anderson Elementary in Fort Davis in the “Ride for Reading,”

This event was so popular last year that it has been set up to happen again just in time for the end of the school year. In 2014, the students were so overjoyed to select two free books per child that they applauded non-stop as the last bicyclist left. The message to the students is to stay physically active and to read every day, all summer long.

The Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library was able to obtain the books through their long-distance member, Lisa Feder Feitel of New York, who contacted Scholastic Publishers to make this donation possible. High school students, Park Rangers from the Fort, and some parents with homeschoolers are expected to pedal their way from Memorial Square to the school, so please watch for them and cheer them on! Everyone is invited to participate as bikers or spectators.

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National Library Week and Poetry Month celebrated

IMG_20150414_123944_292A unique combination of original poems accompanied by artwork, graphic design, and type faces was on display at the Jeff Davis County Library to commemorate both National Poetry Month and National Library Week.  This year the motto selected by the American Library Association is “Unlimited Possibilities at Your Library,” to emphasize the limitless importance of all public libraries. High school students from both Fort Davis and Marfa partnered with the Chinati Foundation’s Education program to produce some creative ways of expressing the visual arts and literature.  Using Carl Andre’s permanent installation at Chinati as a source of inspiration, the students of Mrs. Cory Cason have been exploring art for a special exhibit at the annual Community Day in the Marfa facility.

Thirteen works of art were selected for the five panels in the library.    Participants include students Becky Caswell, Makayla Chambers, Madison Corbin-Nelson, Kimber Cox, Lauren Epperson, Aimara Fierro,  Max Lannom, Mae McIvor, Emily Merrill, Audra Miller, Cameron Naegele, Oscar Nunez, Perla Nunez, Victoria Prince,  Daisy Renteria, and Alexie Sanchez.  Teachers Donel Lara and Cory Cason served as coordinators for the project and as sponsors.  The art will be on view at the library during regular hours, Mondays through Fridays from 10 am until 6 pm.

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7th Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party

Fantastic turnout in the Hotel Limpia Ballroom

Cyndee Barnes addresses a fantastic turnout in the Hotel Limpia Ballroom


Sul Ross performers present a little Shakespeare.

The 7th Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party, held in the Hotel Limpia Ballroom due to rain (our 4th time bringing rain to west Texas), was a huge success thanks to our sponsors and active board members.

7th Annual Midsummer Night's Dream Garden Party Sponsors

7th Annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party Sponsors


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We Once Again Celebrated Texas Books and Authors!

It was a huge turnout for “Meet the Authors” on Thursday, August 7th in the Jeff Davis County Library.

Fort Davis historian, Lonn Taylor, shared his witty adventures in compiling his newest book, Texas People, Texas Places.  There were several bouts of laughter.  We also enjoyed the amusing stories of Marcia Daudistel and Bill Wright who spoke about their popular new book, Authentic Texas, featuring Big Bend residents, some of whom were in attendance.  

We kept all authors busy signing books until after 9pm.  The winning bid on the hardback copy of Authentic Texas was submitted by Tom Barnes.

by Lonn TaylorMarcia Hatfield Daudistel and Bill Wright

<< Authentic Texas
by Marcia Hatfield Daudistel
and Bill Wright

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by Lonn Taylor


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Library Terrace Dedication

Ribbon Cutting with Cyndee Barnes and Toi Fisher

Ribbon Cutting with Cyndee Barnes and Toi Fisher

There was a good turnout for the Library Terrace dedication ceremony on Saturday, July 5, as part of the Coolest 4th celebration in Fort Davis, Texas. The Library Terrace, converted from the old, dilapidated, loading dock of the historic Mercantile building which houses the library, provides a pleasant, outdoor seating area, where visitors and residents can access the library’s WIFI 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Immediately following the ceremony, the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library provided ice cream cones for all.

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