More than “just” a library, El Progreso Memorial Library is a civic and cultural center serving Uvalde and the surrounding area. It was formed in 1903 by a visionary group of women for self improvement, civic improvement and the establishment of a public library. This club meets monthly and continues – after 115 years – as a vital support of the library which has expanded to include an eleven county archives, museum with meeting and study rooms of various sizes for all sorts of individual and group activities and use. They were integral to raising the $5.7 million needed for construction of the current building in 2003 and contribute about one third of the annual budget each year. The Club theme for this year is Literature and Art of the Southwest. Monthly library displays are keyed to this theme as well. We remain grateful to El Progreso Club members for their vision and steadfast support.From Mendell Morgan, Director at El Progresso Memorial Library in Uvalde.
This year for Banned Books Week, the Wichita Falls Public Library is featuring challenged books through a provocative display. Upon entering the front doors, customers are greeted by an eye-catching display window that suggests books on fire. The books represented have been wrapped in white paper with a short statement printed on the front about why the title was challenged. This display has sparked many conversations among visitors and staff alike regarding the need for protection of our Freedom to Read.
A program called “Banned Books Parade” will take place Saturday, September 29 and will be a small celebration of intellectual freedom and an exploration of banned book challenges. Ms. Linda Hughes (see http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=archive&template=/contentmanagement/contentdisplay.cfm&ContentID=6967) and Dr. Millie Gore have been invited to speak. Refreshments to follow.
San Marcos Public Library a few activities going on for Banned Books Week. There is a photo contest, with a mugshot photo station set up, where patrons can take picture with their favorite challenged/banned book and upload it to social media for a chance to win a prize. An adult reading program, Passport to Reading, has different reading challenges each month. The challenge for this month is to read a book that has been banned or challenged. Challenged books are on display to assist patrons in selecting their book for September.
Cyrus is delighted to find a book about a cat at the Jasper Public Library recently. Thanks to Denise for sending this.
The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton is enjoying great turn out at their summer reading program events and are on pace for a record setting year for turnout! Just a couple of some of their successful programs have been Steve Alcorn who is a retired history teacher and Civil War reenactor and Kayler Campbell and her cow, Katie Bell.
Thanks for sharing with us and congrats on those numbers! Please share with us what your library is up to this summer!
Tom Green County Library System had a very successful grand opening for their new STEAM Central makerspace. Around 250 people of all ages attended and everyone responded enthusiastically. The photos really say it all.
Read more about it in the San Angelo Standard-Times http://www.gosanangelo.com/story/news/local/2017/03/23/grand-opening-makerspace-gets-enthusiastic-response/99558094/
The Fayette Public Library had a Teddy Bear Clinic on November 5th. They partnered with a local medical clinic for their first Teddy Bear Clinic program at the library. Twenty seven children were in attendance. They provided crafts and read stories while children waited to see a medical professional. The local Walmart donated funds to purchase new teddy bears for all the children that attended.
More pictures from the event can be found on their Facebook page. If any of you have questions about this event, FPL staff is happy to talk with you!
Back in 2009, the West Public Library applid for a Texas Reads Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The application was for a program called When Teens Read and was meant to address the problem of storytime demand with limited staff. The program meant to recruit local teens to provide storytime, not only allowing them to serve more families but empowering their teenagers. Not only did they get the grant, but they also got the TLA Wayne Williams Project of the Year Award the following year. And here we are in 2016 and the program is still going strong!
This year the teens chose friendship for their theme. They can only have half of their teens in attendance during a program because they need space for all of their patrons! And they are noticing a high number of men bringing in children.
What a wonderful project! Thank you for sharing with us!