Book Signing by Ben English

Stories about the Big Bend are as vast and varied as the region, but this collection is unique. Don’t miss the program at the Jeff Davis County Library in Fort Davis featuring local author Ben H. English that will highlight his recently published,
Yonderings -Trails and Memories of the Big Bend.
Planned for Wednesday, January 24th in the library at Fort Davis, English will describe his adventures of growing up in Lajitas and exploring the rugged areas of Big Bend. Beginning at 6 p.m. the author will lead a discussion after which his books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments provided, this is a free program sponsored by Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library. All are welcome to attend.

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FJDCL Annual Meeting

Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library ANNUAL MEETING will be held Thursday, January 18, 6:30 pm at the Jeff Davis County Library. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

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Holiday Home Tour

Friends of the JDC Library proudly reintroduce a popular holiday event from the past, the HOLIDAY HOME TOUR.

This year, the Davis Mountains Magic Holiday Tour of Historic Homes will showcase an interior tour of four private homes. The tour will begin at the historic Jeff Davis County library with historian and raconteur Lonn Taylor recalling the development of Fort Davis’s individual communities and neighborhoods.

1-5 pm, beginning at the Jeff Davis County Library

**This is not an Open House event. The tour begins at 1:00 pm at the JDC Library. No children under 12 years of age.**

Purchase tickets in advance for $10/individual or $15/couple. Add $5 to the ticket price if purchased at the door on the day of the event.

Blue Mountain Bistro (Limpia Hotel) will have a special dinner menu after 5:00 pm for Home Tour participants. Separate dinner reservations are required. Dinner at Blue Mountain Bistro is extra and not included in the price of the Home Tour tickets. Please call Blue Mountain 432-426-3244 to make dinner reservations.

Proceeds from the home tour benefit the scholarship funds of Friends of JDC Library.

Purchase tickets at the Jeff Davis County Library in Ft. Davis during regular business hours or purchase online here:

Advance Tickets
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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: Printed entry forms will also be available at the library and the Chamber office.

For questions about the contest, contact Jeanine Bishop: (432) 249-1024 For questions/info about hummingbirds, contact Cecilia Riley:, or Madge Lindsay:


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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

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

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


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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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