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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

Gatesville project awarded TNMP Power Grant

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.


Supporting communities

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.
  • education.
  • environment.


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

Media Contact

Eric Paul


Joe Barnhart Bee County Library Expansion Project

Check out the following press release from the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library on their upcoming expansion! Thank you for sharing with us!


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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Midland County Public Libraries Are Adding Shelves, Books, And Making Improvements

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,” (

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.





Animal Heroes at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library in Bryan

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!


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UFO Sighting in Edinburg!

UFOs and ETs return to the City of Edinburg at the annual “Out of This World!” Conference & Festival to be held on Aug. 14 & 15, 2015. Our event features the world’s most popular late night radio host George Noory, as well as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Irwin Allen’s classic science fiction television series “Lost in Space,” which premiered in 1965. Sponsored by the City of Edinburg, the Sekula Memorial Library, Edinburg Arts, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Edinburg Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, this year’s festival will again focus on UFOs, science-fiction, and similar “out of this world” topics. The festival features special appearances by COSMO, our resident ET, as well as several top authors and celebrities. Make plans to join us for the free admission “UFO Fiesta” on Friday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, followed on Saturday by an amazing program of multimedia presentations about UFOs and other topics at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. See you there!

For more information call Magdiel Alfonso at 956-383-6246 or email him at or visit