The Harker Heights Public Library is combining efforts with Central Texas College in Killeen to present Harry Potter programs at Geekfest, August 14-16, 2015. Geekfest is a celebration of all things geek! Attached are some fliers specifically regarding the Harry Potter related programs at Geekfest. For more information about Geekfest in general, please see starsatnight.org/geekfest. Please feel free to post these flyers and to give your patrons information regarding these fun programs!
If you or someone you know loves Harry Potter, this is an excellent opportunity to get your geek on by volunteering! Just let me know your availability that weekend, and we will get you scheduled for Harry Potter excitement.
International Exhibit Extended
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:
Education and Program Coordinator
Midland County Public Libraries, Museum of the Southwest
2503 W Loop 250 N
Midland, TX 79705
What: Permian Monsters extended
The Gatesville Public Library is going to be expanding their 3D printing and purchasing more robotics kits with this wonderful new grant!
Check out the following press release from the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library on their upcoming expansion! Thank you for sharing with us!
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
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.
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