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Welcome to your library!

We are pleased to welcome many new patrons to Jeff Davis County Library who joined us in September. We increased our rolls by 10 percent during Library Card Signup Month. Our outreach took us to the post office and to Porter's, where we were happy to get out and talk about all the services and materials that we offer to Jeff Davis County residents. We look forward to seeing you often.
-- Gwin, Jane, Cari and all our wonderful volunteers

An Evening of Poetry

Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library will present a poetry reading at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the community room of the library.
Josie (Bustos) Mixon born in Mission, Texas. Her publication credits include numerous printed and online publications. “Poeta de Mi Barrio" focuses on growing up in South Texas with traditions and customs passed on from one generation to another.
She is an award-winning domestic violence and sexual abuse awareness advocate and has three published collections of poetry – Reflections of My Battered Life (2007) and
Of Flesh and Flesh and Bone I Am Woman, Surviving Abuse (2008)and Off the Beaten Path (2010).
Poeta de Mi Barrio is a collection of poetry and short stories written about life in the Cavazos-Alvarado-Bustos household. Yes, all these names because depending on your behavior someone had to be at fault. Before Neosporin, Emergen C and ADHD, there was sangre de chango (monkey blood), a freshly picked orange, and la chancla (flip-flop) or una rama de mesquite, which is a fine twig from the nearest tree which was left bare except for maybe two leaves left at the end to make a statement.
Plus, we shall review the methods used to keep children off the streets to avoid burglaries and vandalism and my personal favorite; how to put your children to sleep quickly and effortlessly. 
This event wraps up the countywide observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs annually from Sept. 15 through Oct 15.
ctober classes and events

Every Tuesday at 11 a.m.: Preschoolers and homeschoolers gather for stories, music, art, science, and more. All are welcome. 
Thursday, Oct. 5 at noon: Power Up Your Library Experience with our learn at lunch program at noon. Find out about our electronic resources, including how to set up a library account on our online catalog, and set your preferences for notifications; subscribe to alerts to let you know when the library has a new book by your favorite authors; and how to request new materials and interlibrary loans -- all from home or wherever you have an internet connection. 
Friday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.: Join us for a screening of the new documentary film, "Buena Vista Social Club: Adios." Against the backdrop of Cuba's captivating musical history, hear the band's story as they reflect on their remarkable careers and the extraordinary circumstances that brought them together.
Wednesday, Oct. 11 at noon: The nonfiction book club, Talk Dewey to Me, will discuss "The Invention of Air" about Benjamin Franklin protege Joseph Priestly. All are welcome, and you don't have to have read the book to join the discussion. Brown bag lunches welcome. November's title (Nov. 8) will be "The Star-S­pan­gled Ban­ner: The ­Mak­ing of an Amer­i­can Icon" by Fort Davis resident Lonn Taylor.
Thursday, Oct. 12: 
-- Noon: Fonda Ghiardi, conservator of artistic and historic works, continues her series of talks about conserving your collections. Noon.
-- 2-4 p.m. Davis Mountains Button Club meeting. All are welcome to learn about this interesting subject.
-- 6 p.m. Poetry reading by Josie Mixon. See article above for details.
Friday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.: Screening of hit movie "Wonder Woman." (2017, PG-13)  Free popcorn!
Monday, Oct. 16 at noon: TEDxJDCL is a program with two or three short TED Talks, followed by discussion led by volunteer Kathy Hurst. After the program in September about collaboration, the group was inspired to advocate for people with disabilities.
Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.: Big Bend Photo Club meeting. All are welcome; no dues.
Wednesday, Oct. 18 at noon: Award-winning artist Sonya Appel will teach a hands-on quilling workshop (see photo of hummingbird art above, at right). Quilling, also called paper filigree, is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Limited number of tools and supplies; please RSVP to guarantee your seat: (432) 426-3802 or,
Thursday, Oct. 19 at noon: Stamp-a-thon with Elaine Harmon and friends. Join us for a hands-on fall cardmaking, paper arts, and stamping extravaganza! All supplies provided. 
Friday, Oct. 20 at noon: The Cooking Club will meet and swap extra spices for fall baking and cooking. (A couple of members ordered a pound instead of an ounce of spices, so come benefit from their mistakes!) Stop by and try something new (za'atar) or stock up on an old favorite (cinnamon). Bring small plastic baggies. All are welcome.
Monday, Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m.: A Davis Mountains State Park ranger and volunteer will present a family program about Fort Davis Turtles for kids 5 and older and their parents! (See flyer above, at left, for details.) Ranger talk on local turtles; kid-friendly craft time making a turtle out of pine needles; and storytime. Class is limited to the first 15 participants, so please RSVP to
Wednesday, Oct. 25 at noon: Join local writer Barney Nelson, who has a special interest in genealogy, as she teaches you how to make and publish a family history book. Instead of dividing up treasured photos, make a book for each family member. She will have samples to display.
Thursday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m.: Free screening of a classic horror movie, "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, and Lana Turner. The 1941 release is rated G. Free popcorn.
Saturday, Oct. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Creepy Crawlies (Critters you are scared of but probably shouldn't be!) Stop by and see live snakes (native and exotic), tarantulas, lizards, rats, scorpions and more. Learn about these animals and their roles in our ecosystems. All ages can learn something from this event and have some fun at the same time. (Critters will be in cages to ensure safety of all.)
Monday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m.: Teach or learn a craft, or just enjoy working on a project at our open-ended sit & stich time. All crafters welcomed. You are welcome to bring snack and/or beverage (lidded cups only, please).

October is Health Literacy Month

As library staff, the role we play is to provide access to reliable and quality health information. Library staff do not diagnose health conditions or interpret the information they find for you. We recommend that you consult with a healthcare provider regarding any information we provide.

Jeff Davis County Library is an affiliate of the National Library of Medicine.

Good health literacy helps parents better manage and respond to their child’s health, which in turn can position them for better learning and avoid missing school. Healthy children are more alert and aware.

The library is here to teach new and strengthen existing skills, and to offer the space and technology to learn.


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