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
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.
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.