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



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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Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party

MSND 2016

Join us Sunday, September 18, 4-6 pm for our annual “Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party” at the Hotel Limpia. Live Elizabethan music, refreshments, cash bar, and excerpts from the Shakespearean play.

Tour the Jeff Davis County Library (next door to Hotel Limpia) one hour before and after the Garden Party. Learn about plans for enriching the library.

Please join us! For details, contact the library (432-426-3802) or Friends of the Library:

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Summer 2016 FJDCL Newsletter

Read the entire Summer 2016 Newsletter by clicking the link.

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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

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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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