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Hillsboro to host author Steven Davis at Author Luncheon

The Friends of Hillsboro City Library are pleased to welcome National Bestselling Author Steven L. Davis as guest speaker at this year’s Author Luncheon.  This year’s event will take place on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12 noon at Historic City Hall located at 127 East Franklin Street in downtown Hillsboro.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 254-582-7385 or visiting the library at 118 South Waco Street.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Davis will be discussing his book, “Dallas 1963,” co-written with Bill Minutaglio.

Considered “one of Texas’ leading scholars of its indigenous culture,” Steven L. Davis is an author, editor, curator, and speaker.

His books include Texas Literary Outlaws,  J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind, and Dallas 1963 (co-written with Bill Minutaglio.)

Davis is a longtime Curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of the region’s leading writers. He has developed and curated over 30 exhibits at the Wittliff Collections. He has appeared on television and radio and made dozens of public talks.

He is editor of Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin “Bud” Shrake Reader and co-editor of Lone Star Sleuths: Mystery-Detective Fiction in Texas.

He is the author of many articles and reviews, appearing in publications such as Slate, the New Republic, The Daily Beast, the Texas Observer, American Prospect, San Antonio Express – News, Southwestern American Literature, Texas Books in Review, and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Davis is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and currently serves on the TIL Council.

For more information call the library at 254-582-7385, visit the library at 118 South Waco Street, or email

Harker Heights & Barnes and Noble Team Up for Super Saturday!

The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library coordinated with Barnes and Noble to provide for our community an exciting,  family-friendly that was free for all participants. Since Saturday, September 26 was Batman Day, we decided to incorporate the superhero theme into our annual Library Day at Barnes and Noble.

Harker Heights Batman Day

The Library and Friends of the Library registered individuals for Library cards and demonstrated our Virtual Library throughout the day. The Friends of the Library also held a bookfair at Barnes and Noble. For the Super Spectacular program, we read books, sang songs, and learned cheers. Children made bookmarks, enjoyed facepainting, and became part of the show. Attendees were treated to a visit from Batman, Green Arrow, and Raven. Our superheroes came courtesy of Heroes Alliance.

During Super Saturday, the Library also offered a party at the Library from 2-4 pm. Families came to build Gotham City out of Legos, to make their own bat refrigerator magnets, to eat yummy snacks,  to play Wii games, and to meet Batman, Catwoman, and Raven (provided by the Hereos Alliance.)

The Library wants to thank Heroes Alliance for bringing these Spectacular Superheroes and the Harker Heights Teen Library Volunteers, Harker Heights High School Key Club, Eastern Hills Builders Builders’ Club, and the Harker Heights Kiwanis Club for providing excellent volunteer support for the two spectacular events!

San Marcos hosts Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award 20th Anniversary Lit Fair

The San Marcos Public Library hosted the Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award 20th Anniversary Children’s Literature Fair on Saturday, September 26th. There were 13 participating authors and illustrators celebrating this major milestone for the award, including Duncan Tonatiuh, 2015 winner for Separate is Never Equal. Kids from all 6 local public elementary schools and the pre-k campus were in a Book Parade and numerous student groups from Austin (including Becker, GoValle and Perez) and surrounding communities came to participate.  They report that at least a dozen schools represented and that attendance was in the thousands!

Oh, and they made NBC News. Sounds like a fantastic event! Wonderful job, San Marcos! Congrats.









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.



Literary Event Celebrates Authors at the Llano Library

The Author Extravaganza and Fair will be an all-day free literary event set right in the heart of the Hill Country at the Llano Library in Llano, Texas on Saturday, October 3. Featuring two New York Times Best Selling Authors, six authors scheduled for speaking sessions throughout the day, two Writers’ Workshops, more than twenty-five area authors, and several local organizations providing food and drink sales right on site, this promises to be a wonderful celebration of authors, books, and the love of reading. There will be authors set up inside and outside the library for book signings all day beginning at 11:00 a.m., representing every genre of writing you can imagine.

Visitors can spend the day talking casually with authors, sitting in on the hourly speaking sessions, grabbing a bite to eat from the food vendors, and just making a full day of the book festival until the last writers’ workshop ends at 7:00 p.m. Check the details at and on Facebook at .

Are you a published author looking for a venue to promote your work? The Llano County Library is still accepting authors for the Author Extravaganza and Fair on October 3rd. There is no charge to authors for an outdoor booth space, and the event is free to the public. It’s not too late to add your name to the line-up of authors for this event, contact Tommi at the Llano Library at or go to the Author Fair Info page on the library’s website at .

Back to School Bonanza at the Victoria Public Library

Victoria Public Library collaborated with the Victoria County United Way, Victoria Independent School District, Communities in Schools/Workforce Solutions of the Golden Crescent and the Victoria Adult Literacy Council to host a Back to School Bonanza on the grounds and inside the Victoria Public Library.  The Bonanza included booths with many activities and resources for youth and their families to kick off the new school year. A robotics build using the equipment provided by the Bots & Books grant was one of those activities.   They  estimate attendance at the Bonanza at 350 and had 38 participants or observers at the robotics activity.

Robotic Build:  Ferris Wheel.

Victoria Public Library Back To School

Way to get the kids off to a good start, VPL! Thanks for sharing with us such a successful event!

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!