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.
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!
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.
A 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.
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.
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.
<< Authentic Texas
by Marcia Hatfield Daudistel
and Bill Wright
Texas People, Texas Places >>
by Lonn Taylor
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.
Last night, for the first time ever, the Friends of the Library awarded three graduating seniors each $1,000 Nancy Robinson Memorial Scholarships. It was a beautiful graduation ceremony in Fort Davis, Texas. This class of 20 graduates was awarded over $140,000 in scholarships.
Jessica Turner has been accepted to Texas State University at San Marcos to study Mass Communications. Jessica has been known for her competitive nature, sense of purpose, and set standards, along with her participation in debate teams, U.I.L., sports, music, and theatre.
Cesar Chavez will be attending the University of Texas Permian Basin in the fall to study mechanical engineering. His father has been his inspiration “to never give up” and always pursue his goals.
A career in agricultural law is what lies ahead for Ashleigh Pasqua, guided by her 4-H Livestock Association role as student ambassador for the past two years. Ashleigh plans to work for the Texas Farm Bureau and “to give back to the community that has given so much to help achieve” her dreams.
It was a beautiful sunny morning, one perfect for a bike ride. To make it even better, there were 250 free books to deliver to the elementary school in Fort Davis. What a great combination: books and bikes!
Elaine Harmon, Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library secretary, organized a team of fifteen volunteers for the “Ride for Reading” event in Fort Davis, to the delight of the children in grades pre-K through 5th. Eleven bicyclists equipped with back packs full of books pedaled up main street on Friday, May 9th from Memorial Square to the school where they were greeted by 110 smiling faces.
The January event had been so successful at the school that the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library decided to repeat it during the “National Ride for Reading Week.” Principal Allison Ryan Scott welcomed the riders as they rolled into the gymnasium. Park Ranger Bill Manhart recited the oath for the children to promise to read and share their books by recycling them, and to wear bike helmets whenever they ride their bicycles.
The 250 age-appropriate books were donated by Better World Books and the event was sponsored by the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library. Thank you to Elaine and everyone who made this a wonderful experience once again.
Once again, the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library, in conjunction with the Sul Ross Drama department, will be hosting a Midsummer Night’s Dream Garden Party on Sunday, September 21, 2014, 4-6pm, at the Hotel Limpia in Fort Davis, TX. Watch for more details here, on Facebook, in the local newspapers, and in your email.
Come join in the fun on Friday, May 9th when children at Dirks-Anderson Elementary School celebrate National Ride for Reading Day. A team of volunteers will assemble at Memorial Square and fill their backpacks with books to bring to over one hundred school kids. They will bike their way to the school and be greeted in the gymnasium where the children can select free books donated by Better World Books. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library.
There is still time to be a bicyclist or help in any way by phoning Elaine Harmon at 426-3164.