Thanks to Denise at the Lake Whitney Public Library for sharing these pictures from some of their successful Summer Reading Program events! We hope all of our members are celebrating summer reading success!
They had to turn people away from the A&M Chemistry Roadshow event!
International Exhibit Extended
PERMIAN BASIN, TX –
Due to popular demand the Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs exhibition on display at the Museum of the Southwest and Midland County’s Centennial Library will be extended. Initially scheduled to close on Sunday, July 26, the exhibition will now remain open until Friday, August 21.
In celebration of the extension, and to remind residents to visit both sections of the exhibition before it departs for good, both institutions have made special plans for Saturday, July 11 from 10 am to 2 pm:
Museum of the Southwest
Celebrate this fun occasion at the Museum of the Southwest with free campus admission and dome shows, as well as activities including fossil-making, dinosaur masks, explorer guides, create-your-own-dinosaur costume and more. “Buddy the Dinosaur” from Basin PBS Dinosaur Train will make appearances between 10 a.m. and 11 pm, then head over to the Blakemore Planetarium at 11 a.m. for featured film, The Land Before Time. The day’s events will conclude with the judging of dinosaur costumes at 1:30 p.m. under the tent by the membership table. Prizes will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd most creative costumes.
Visit the Centennial Library for the “best of” this summer’s Permian Monsters programming, activities and games including Erupting Volcanoes, Fossil Dig, and Adapt!. Further explore the key themes of the exhibit with a family backpack in the library, or check out a book from our Permian Monsters collection to take home and learn more. Tours will be available every hour, or take a self-guided tour and become a junior palaeontologist with the Adventure Guide. Finish it for a special prize!
PBS’s Dinosaur Train will play for the duration of the event in the Permian Pictures Theater (by the dig pits) with a special visit from “Buddy the Dinosaur” at 1 pm.
Looking for more information to complete your story?
Contact these local experts:
Annelorre Robertson, Museum of the Southwest – (432)683-2882 arobertson@MuseumSW.org
Annie Tillmann, Exhibits and Learning Experiences Coordinator Midland County Public Libraries (432)742-7437 firstname.lastname@example.org
Education and Program Coordinator
Midland County Public Libraries, Museum of the Southwest
2503 W Loop 250 N
Midland, TX 79705
What: Permian Monsters extended
Who: Midland County Public Library
When: July 11, 10am – 2pm
Where:Centennial Library, 2503 W Loop 250 N, Midland and Museum of the Southwest, 1705 W Missouri, Midland
The Gatesville Public Library is going to be expanding their 3D printing and purchasing more robotics kits with this wonderful new grant!
Press Release: July 7, 2015
Gatesville project awarded TNMP Power Grant
LEWISVILLE, Texas – A Gatesville Public Library project is one of seven from around Texas-New Mexico Power’s service area to be awarded an inaugural TNMP Power Grant.
The $3,727 grant will help to expand the library’s robotics program. The program was limited to 15 young people last year, but will expand to 25 kids and add 3D design and printing thanks to the grant.
“The technology we’ll be purchasing with the grant can put our kids and our adults on a level playing field with people in bigger cities in terms of developing their skills for the work force and preparing them for college,” said Faye Nichols, library director.
The TNMP Fund in April introduced the grants to invest in our communities. The fund sought innovative and creative proposals that support the communities TNMP serves.
“We’re pleased to help expand this educational opportunity for young people in Gatesville,” said TNMP President Neal Walker. “We look forward to working with the library, seeing the projects and the impact they make.”
More than 50 qualified 501(c)3 nonprofits and municipalities applied for grants up to $5,000 each. A total of $30,000 in funding was awarded.
Funding priorities included:
- community safety.
- economic development.
Other recipient organizations & projects
- Alvin Community College Foundation, $5,000: Ten students meeting financial needs will receive $500 scholarships to complete vocational training and begin job interviews in their chosen industries.
- City of Emory, $5,000: Funding will go toward the purchase and installation of three bridges over a creek that will help complete a walking trail in a 12-acre park on land acquired in 2013.
- Hamilton ISD, $3,861: Students in grades 1-8 will build a garden using Aquaponics, which uses nutrient-rich fish tank water to provide plant food to vegetables and herbs in grow beds as can yield up to 20 times more produce than growth in traditional soil.
- College of the Mainland, $4,830: Twenty pair of high-quality, water-resistant binoculars will be purchased to enable biology and geology students at the Texas City school to study nesting birds around Galveston Bay. Students in an over-50 continuing education program also will use the binoculars for similar projects.
- M.I. Lewis Social Service Center, $2,582: Additional groceries will be purchased from the Galveston County Food Bank for scheduled deliveries to 40 homebound senior citizens in the Dickinson area.
- City of Nocona, $5,000: Expansion of the current basic recycling program to enhance rural residents a single drop-off location for all household recyclables.
TNMP is a transmission and distribution service provider that delivers power to about 236,000 homes and businesses on behalf of retail electric providers in Texas. More information is available at tnmp.com/about.
Check out the following press release from the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library on their upcoming expansion! Thank you for sharing with us!
JOE BARNHART FOUNDATION PURCHASES BUILDING FOR LIBRARY ADDITION
HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 1, 2015)— The Joe Barnhart Foundation has announced the purchase of a 3,400 square-foot, two-story building at 120 North Washington as home for a new addition to the library. The building, located down the block from the library will be named the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library Learning Center and will provide additional space for meetings, long-distance learning, video conferencing, computer classes, and children’s programming.
“We are grateful to have this support from the Joe Barnhart Foundation, to be able to expand and develop our resources along with the growing needs of the community,” stated Cynthia Morrison, Director of the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library.
The renovation of the building will begin soon with a complete overhaul, including new AC/heating systems, replacement of the roof, and other updates to bring the structure to present day standards.
The Joe Barnhart Bee Country Library is located in downtown Beeville, on the corner of Corpus Christi and Washington Streets, directly across from the Bee County Courthouse. Housed in an historic 1906 building, the library opened in the spring of 2001, a lifelong dream of its primary benefactor and namesake, Joe Barnhart. The library holds over 40,000 volumes– including a first edition, 1755 Samuel Johnson dictionary–and provides distance learning, video-conferencing, multi-touch children’s learning computer workstations and high-speed Internet connection. The mission of the library is to serve as “the learning crossroads of the community and the place to visit for lifelong interest in the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading, and the power of information.”
Funding for the library is provided by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, Bee County, the City of Beeville, and the Beeville Independent School District. The Joe Barnhart Foundation provides the funding for building repairs and maintenance costs and leases the building to the library for $1.00 annually.
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LEARN ABOUT THE BIGGEST UPCOMING YA BOOKS AND GET EXPERT ADVICE ON BUILDING SUCCESSFUL TEEN PROGRAMS
Join SLJ on August 13th at 11am ET for a full day of free online programming tackling important issues impacting your teen collection and programming. You’ll hear directly from authors about their current and forthcoming titles in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.
Panels will focus on important teen issues and trends, including the transgendered experience, selecting quality nonfiction, and navigating romance genre mashups.
New this year are sessions dedicated entirely to teen services and programming! Learn from innovative librarians about gaming in the library, setting up teen volunteer groups, and launching a “Con” in your library.
Plus, explore our virtual exhibit hall and hear directly from publishers about their newest books you’ll want for your collection this year, and enjoy live chats with featured authors.
SummerTeen is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost! It’s a must for teen and young adult services librarians, and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs, and anyone who loves YA/teen literature.
Go here for more information and to register for this event!
The Dark Knight himself dropped by the Harker Heights Public Library to pay his fines and pick up his holds!
Downtown Library Revitalization
MIDLAND, TX –
Bucking national sentiment the Midland County Public Libraries are adding new shelves and books at their Downtown Library. While popular opinion may suggest that libraries are a dying breed, statistics show otherwise. The change in momentum towards traditional books has received modest coverage, January article at publishers weekly “For Books, Print is Back,” (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/65172-print-is-back.html)
The new row of shelves come to the Downtown Library as a part of the Midland County Public Libraries commitment to providing local readers with a wide arrange of popular and historically significant titles. Assistant Director Pat Brashear explains, “We take the presentation of books, our most valuable asset, very seriously. This is just one of a number of enhancements to the Downtown Library that we have completed in the last year.” The Downtown Library recently repainted a number of walls, and replaced all of the carpet.
In coming months the Downtown Library plans to relocate its book drop to the front of the building to provide improved ease of use and enhanced safety for patrons returning materials outside of business hours.
In explaining the public’s renewed interest in books Education and Program Coordinator Edward McPherson notes, “We’ve seen that exhibits on display at the library create an appreciably larger appetite for books. Books in related subjects check out at over two times the average rate.” The current exhibit at the downtown library Forgotten Gateways highlights immigration to the United States through Port Galveston, and is on loan from Humanities Texas through August.
Installation and stocking of the Downtown Library’s new shelves should be complete by July 13.
Wilson County Public Library hosted a Stuffed Animal Sleepover that was a big hit with patrons of all ages. This year when a patron checked in, they got to decorate a special blank note book that was turned into a photo album of the evenings events. They took pictures with their new cartoon character cut outs, the summer reading events board, movie time with Big Hero 6, game time with Monopoly and Uno Stacko, dinner from McDonald’s, bubble time in the pool with balloons, and a group show with the storytime parachute.
Patrons were asked if there were any special instructions for their stuffed animals. They got some interesting requests such as the 2 dinosaurs were “plant eaters for the day”, and the tiger that like only “steak that had been cooked for 1 hour”! There was also a bear that “did not mix well with cats”. They supplied salads for the plant eaters, hamburger steak for the tigether, and tried not to photograph the bear with a cat!
Next year they hope to catch their sleepover campers hanging out in the book return and lining up at the photo copier for selfie face plants!
Check out these wonderful photos from the Clara B. Mounce Public Library of the Bryan College Station Public Library System. Their “Animal Heroes” Summer Reading Program event on June 10th was a huge success. In addition to the animals, the Bryan Police Department was photographing and fingerprinting the children in attendance. HEB Buddy, the Bryan Bombers mascot, and the Wendy’s mascot were also there to entertain. They estimate having 500 people in attendance!
Congratulations on a very successful program! Thank you so much for sharing with us!