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Midland County Public Library Unveils New Work By 2015 Library Artists

MIDLAND, TX – During this year’s winter break the Midland County Public Library has hosted the second annual Library Artist program featuring brothers Scott and Elliott Lunson at the Centennial Library. Library Artists Scott and Elliott have distributed over 120 free canvases, and art supplies to local residents.

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During the Library Artist program between December 18 and 30, over 3,085 patrons have visited the Centennial Library, and had an opportunity to visit with the artists, and see them at work. The brothers have stayed busy creating two unique large scale pieces of art, which will be dedicated at the programs conclusion December 30 at 3:45pm.

Members of the public are encourage to visit the Centennial Library December 30th between 10:00am and 4:00pm to see the new pieces of art as the artists complete their finishing touches. The few remaining canvases and art supplies will also be available free of charge.

Scott Lunson, is perhaps best known as the founder of Kamiposi – Midland’s contemporary art gallery at 510 S Big Spring. Scott was central in establishing the gallery which has given voice to regional contemporary artists through First Friday gallery openings that bring new collections art into the gallery each month. Elliott Lunson is an art teacher at Lee High School. In addition to exhibitions and shows, the works of both artists are seen in private collections regionally.

The Library Artist program has been made available free to the public through generous financial support from the Midland County Public Library Foundation, and the Arts Council of Midland.

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 rkeelin@hillsborotx.org

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.

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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 http://www.llano-library-system.net/author_extravaganza_main.html and on Facebook at facebook.com/LlanoAuthorExtravaganza .

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 llanocountylibrary@yahoo.com or go to the Author Fair Info page on the library’s website at llano-library-system.net .

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.

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