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The Maker Corps Grant at Wilson County Public Library

MakerEd is a non-profit organization that supports educators and communities to be able to provide making environments and experiences for youth. Libraries can apply to their grant program called MakerCorps that provides support and training to begin and develop maker programming.

The grant is focused on summer programming for youth. A second goal of the grant is to build organizational capacity.  The application for the 2016 Maker Corps program will open on October 12, 2015 and close on Friday, January 15, 2016.

Nicki Stohr, Library Director of the Wilson County Public Library, was awarded this grant last summer. It allowed them to hire 3 part time summer people for 8 weeks and to provide a quality program that entailed crafts and technology to all ages. They plan to apply for next summer as well, although they plan to create a more traditional makerspace where participants themselves get to choose their craft or technology to explore. Wilson County highly recommend this organization to anyone thinking of creating a makerspace.



Harwood Institute Feedback and Follow up at the Harker Heights Public Library

The Harker Heights Public Library worked with two area elementary schools to provide a Leadership Camp for 3rd – 5th graders this summer. During this week the children discussed servant leadership and broke into service project groups. One group was very excited to be given the Harwood Institute “Aspirations” survey. I first modeled a short conversation about the kids’ aspirations for their community, and then talked to these kids about the wish to find out what our community really
wanted. The students changed it to a “Hopes” questionnaire with the three questions that appeared on the original “Aspirations” survey. They first asked every community leader (Mayor, Planning and Development Director,
etc.) about their hopes for our community. The kids then asked both children and adults about their “hopes” at a large Library event. They campers were so excited that they decided on their own to make a poster regarding the results of their findings.


The children were so excited to get to be the real beginning of this process in our community. The Harker Heights Public Library plans to move forward by performing larger conversations in the community and have enlisted the local teen buildOn organization  to help lead some of these discussions, especially those with area teens.

Breaking Summer Reading Records in Clifton

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton, TX had record numbers attend their summer reading program this year with 450 attendees attending their eleven programs. They held an art contest for the children to draw their hero in conjunction with the theme Every Hero has a Story.


They were fortunate to have many local heroes give programs this summer.  Care Flite even flew in one of their helicopters for the kids to inspect and ask questions.


What a wonderful success! Thank you for sharing with us!

Fairfield Public Library Honors Board Members for Their Service

The Fairfield Public Library honored Barbara Crossno, longtime CTLS and Fairfield Board member, and Lee Earl Johnson, longtime Fairfield board member & former CTLS lay representative. Both ladies have now retired from their decades of service. A reception was held in their honor at the Fairfield Public Library with all their sons (6 between them) in attendance.





Midland County Public Library Extends Popular International Exhibit


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.


Centennial Library

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

Annie Tillmann, Exhibits and Learning Experiences Coordinator Midland County Public Libraries (432)742-7437


Edward McPherson    

Education and Program Coordinator

Midland County Public Libraries, Museum of the Southwest

2503 W Loop 250 N

Midland, TX 79705

Phone: 432.742.7438

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