2018 Holiday Tour of Historic Churches

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November 7th – Marcia Hatfield Daudistel & Bill Wright


The Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library invite you to a reception to welcome local authors with their exciting new books.  Marcia Hatfield Daudistel of El Paso will discuss her newest history, Women of Smeltertown. Called the “largest industrial city on the Rio Grande” this a compilation of stories of women who lived, raised families, and promoted their culture in the shadow of the smokestacks of Smeltertown that will fascinate readers.

Abilene resident who lives part-time in Fort Davis, Bill Wright describes Maggie Smith, Border Legend as an early doctor, lawyer, midwife, herbalist, banker, self-appointed Justice of Peace and coroner, or as she was called, The Whole Damn Cheese.  This is the first book devoted entirely to the woman whose life in Big Bend Country became legendary.

After the discussion, both books will be available for purchase and signing by the authors. Please mark your calendars and join us at the library!

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Friends of Libraries Week

It’s National Friends of Libraries Week!

Support the Jeff Davis County Library by joining the Friends of JDCL Library!

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An Indian Summer Dream

An Indian Summer Dream brought to you by Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library. This free event will be performed by Sul Ross State University Drama Department under the direction of Dona Roman with passages from Shakespeare’s dark tragedy.

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 4 pm at Hotel Limpia

The three witches from the opening scene of Macbeth will set the tone for Shakespeare’s macabre drama planned for this Sunday, October 14 at 4 p.m. in the garden of the Hotel Limpia.  Known for the lines, “Fair is foul, and foul is fair” and also “Double, double, toil and trouble” the portrayal of witches will be performed by students of Professor Dona W. Roman from the Sul Ross Theatre Program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library, the free program will present excerpts from Macbeth as a forty-five minute sampler with scenes from Acts One and Two that foretell the rise and fall of the King of Scotland.  It is a preview for the full-length play that will take place at Sul Ross beginning October 26th.

A new spin on the original “Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party,” this production will be re-introduced as an Indian Summer Dream since, as one member noted, “the best dreams begin with a good book.”  The program is a fundraiser for the Friends who promote and support the activities of the library.  Tickets are still available for purchase featuring three great prizes: a silver and gold bracelet donated by the gift shop of the Museum of the Big Bend (value $175), a pair of bicycles from Porter’s Thriftway (value $150), and two gift tins of pecans from the Davis Mountain Nut Company  with a basket of new books (value $360). In case of inclement weather, the program will take place in the ballroom of the Hotel Limpia.

Tickets for drawing on sale at the Post Office Wednesday, 10/10 and Friday, 10/10 from noon to 2pm and at Hotel Limpia just prior to the event. Only 200 tickets will be sold so your chance of winning is good! $5 each or 5 for $20.

Rain or Shine. In the event of inclement weather, Macbeth will take place in the ballroom of the Hotel Limpia.  The show must go on!



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2018 Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration Photo & Art Contest

Guidelines, Rules, and Entry Form

Everything you need to know: here!

Artwork will be on display from August 23-25, 2018

Artist Reception Saturday, August 25, 5pm at the Jeff Davis County Library.

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“The Making of Lonesome Dove” Photo Exhibit

“The Making of Lonesome Dove” exhibit features more than 50 photos by screenwriter and photographer Bill Wittliff. The exhibit opens on April 27 at 3 pm. Glenn Moreland and his chuckwagon will be in front of the library from 4-6 with free *cowboy cobbler and ice cream. Meet historian Lonn Taylor, cowboy poetry specialist Dr. Nelson Sager, women’s history lecturer Kendra DeHart, and original movie cast member Barry Tubb.

This traveling exhibit was made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts, and underwriting sponsors Karen and Karl Rove.

*Free cowboy cobbler & ice cream available to the first 100 people. Get your ticket for free cobbler and ice cream inside the library when you tour the exhibition.

This is a FREE, kid-friendly event! Watch for more events during this month-long exhibit.

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FJDCL 2017 Annual Report

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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:

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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: 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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