Jeff Davis County Library October Newsletter
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October at the Library

Schedule of Events
All programs are free and open to the public

Tuesday, Oct. 4: Library enrichment program with story time, crafts, and science experiments for children of all ages and their caregivers, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8: Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library book sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10: Closed for Columbus Day
Tuesday, Oct. 11: Library enrichment program, 11 a.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13: Learn at Lunch -- Tea Talk & Tasting, noon
Monday, Oct. 17: Fort Davis Historical Society meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18: Library enrichment program, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 18: Big Bend Photo Club Meeting, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20: Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library author talk with Ben Saenz, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 25: Library enrichment program, 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 26: Learn at Lunch -- The Evolution of the American Bandana by Elaine Harmon, noon

Thursday, Oct. 27: Crafternoon -- Learn to carve a rubber stamp, 1 p.m. Reserve your spot by Oct. 20.

We need volunteer presenters for programs. Can you share or demonstrate your hobby, craft, art or collection with a small, informal group? Contact Gwin at (432) 426-3802 or to get on the schedule.
Daisy visited the library enrichment program for a few minutes so that students could learn how and when to safely approach a dog.

Library Enrichment
It's like story time, but better! Join us at 11 a.m. every Tuesday for stories, crafts, science projects and recreation. All ages welcome with a caregiver. Free.

Learn at Lunch
Tea Talk & Tasting. Do you know your oolong from your lapsang souchong? Learn about various kinds of teas and herbal tisanes and find out why orange pekoe doesn't taste like oranges. We'll talk about idea brewing temperatures and tea paraphernalia. Bring a sack lunch, if desired. We will have tastings of various kinds of hot teas. Noon-1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13. Free.

The Evolution of the American Bandana featuring a "show and tell" of 40 unique textiles ranging from the 1920-30s to the present, tracing the designs of an everyday Western accessory. See the different sizes, patterns, and colors -- from drab to dazzling! Discussion includes reference books, websites, and historic photos. Bring s bag lunch and your bandanas, if you like, for an informal and interesting program by Elaine Harmon. Noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26.  Free.

Learn how to carve a rubber stamp -- it's easier than you think. Class will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. No previous experience or talent necessary. We will make stamps with our initial to use on stationery or books. Please register by Sept. 20 to ensure that we have enough tools and materials for each participant. (432) 426-3802 or Free.

Can't make an event? Try our programs-on-demand. Gather some friends and reserve a time that works for you. A minimum number of participants may be required to schedule. Call Gwin at (432) 426-3802.  

Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library

Book Sale!

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8, at the library

Pack-a-Sack for $1
Treasures Table (prices marked)
DVDs - $1 each

Renew and reserve online!
It's easy to set up a library account to browse our catalog, renew library materials and reserve titles. All you need is your library card, or call us at (432) 426-3802 to get your patron number.

1. Click here to go to our online catalog.
2. In the upper right corner, click on Create Account.
3. Enter your last name and the number on your card that starts with a P (example: P 1111XXX). Click "next."
4. Choose a user name and password. Email address is optional, but helpful for notifying you when reserved items are ready for you to pick up. Click "save."

You are now set up!

Under the Catalog tab, you can search for materials, create reading lists and reserve a book that's checked out to someone else. 

For example, to reserve a book simply search for it, click on the title and check on the availability. The reserve button is in blue on the upper right of the page. When the book is checked back into the library, a notice will pop up and we will contact you that it is ready for you to pick up.

To renew materials, click on the "My Info" tab at the top of the page. You will see a list of items you have checked out and their corresponding due dates.. To the right of each title is a renew button in blue. Click to renew. 

If at any time you need assistance, please feel free to call us at (432) 426-3802 and we will walk you through the process. Or, we can set up your account for you at our Circulation Desk or at the Catalog Computer. We are here to help!
Be a library lifesaver -- volunteer! Click here to request the 4-1-1.
Books, books and more books

By Gwin Grimes
Library Director

Fall is the biggest publishing season of the year, as publishers gear up for holiday gift-giving. New titles are arriving weekly.

We have all of the top 10 New York Times bestsellers in fiction and non-fiction, and the top five in the "advice, how-to and miscellaneous" category. These are shipped to us automatically, so be assured that we'll always have the most talked-about books in our collection, as well as those mentioned below -- if not now, coming soon!

I look first for the authors: Among those with new books out or coming out soon are Margaret Coel, Debbie Macomber, Tana French, John Grisham, Fannie Flagg, Clive Cussler, Sandra Brown,  Janet Evanovich, Lisa Scottoline, Catherine Coulter, Philippa Gregory, James Patterson, Stuart Woods, J.D. Robb, J.A. Jance, Fern Michaels, Mary Higgins Clark writing with Alafair Burke, Tom Clancy, W.E.B. Griffin, Tana French, Martin Cruz Smith, and Helen Fielding is coming out with Bridget Jones’ Baby by Helen Fielding, with the movie tie-in. 

Another author returning to the shelves is Stephenie Meyer of sparkly-vampire "Twilight" fame. She's got a new one out soon for adults called "The Chemist."

I'm hearing great things about "The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living" by Louise Miller; James Lee Burke’s new book, "The Jealous Kind," a stand-alone, coming-of-age story set in 1952 Houston; 'The Mortifications" by Derek Palacio, about a family as they navigate between their native Cuba and Connecticut; and the great characters in "The Gloaming" by Melanie Finn, a literary thriller set in Switzerland and Tanzania.

"Today Will Be Different" by Maria Semple is about  “a day in the life of an enchanting and gifted woman who is almost too frazzled to go on” an “an achingly funny and very dear book.” (Kirkus Reviews).

The Nix by Nathan Hill – great reviews of this first novel about a writer teaching at a college but covers recent history and pop culture, called “a grand entertainment”; Jerusalem by Alan Moore, said to be a cross between James Michener, Charles Dickens and Stephen King; Here I Am by Jonathon Safran Foer, his first novel in 11 years; Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood, a novelization of Shakespeare’s the Tempest; Michael Chabon’s new one, Moonglow, a fake memoir of the author’s grandfather. Ann Patchett’s Commonwealth has great writing about two families and how they are intertwined. Zadie Smith’s Swing Time that encompasses the world of dancing and friendships, race and class.

Also coming soon is a new take on Sherlock Holmes in Joe Ide’s "IQ" – in this version, the Holmes character is an African-American investigator in South Central L.A. with a sharp wit and a very funny new book by Ha Jin called "The Boat Rocker," in which a reporter is assigned to tell the story behind a blockbuster novel written by his ex-wife.

Mystery series
Some new mysteries that I’m really excited about: William Kent Kreuger’s "Manitou Canyon," P.J. Tracey’s "The 6th Idea," "Knit Your Own Murder" by Monica Ferris, a cozy mystery series I like; "The Wrong Side of Goodbye" by Michael Connelly (a new Harry Bosch police procedural); Craig Johnson's Longmire series continues with "An Obvious Fact;"  and the latest in the Yorkshire mystery series by Peter Robinson is "When the Music’s Over."

I can't put down Louise Penny's new Inspector Gamache mystery, "A Great Reckoning," set in Quebec, yet I don't want it to end, either. 

The first installment in a new series, "Murder at the House of Rooster Happiness," by David Casarett, is getting great reviews. In it, a Thai nurse turns sleuth to catch a serial killer plaguing her hospital. “The plummy prose has an appealing formality, with a perpetual undercurrent of drollery,” wrote a critic in Kirkus Reviews.

Some titles to look for include "Kaffee Fassett’s Bold Blooms, " War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroics" and "The World of Poldark," based on the hit PBS show.  

A biography of one of my favorite writers, Nora Ephron,  is just out and called "She Made Me Laugh." Tracy Kidder writes wonderful books; his new one is "A Truck Full of Money," about the internet start-up culture. He’s won every prize: National Book Award, Pulitzer, etc. An autobiography I’m excited about is called "The Pigeon Tunnel" by spy writer John LeCarre.   

"Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life" by Joyce Carol Oates is a collection of literary essays. Also about writing is Mary Karr’s “Art of Memoir” – she wrote The Liars’ Club about her childhood in the south.

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has written "Absolutely on Music," cartoonist Roz Chast’s published "Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?" -- a graphic novel memoir -- and we have a couple of  new releases on the newly minted St. Teresa of Calcutta. 

In "Mad Enchantment, Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies," Ross King “elegantly reveals the soul of a great artist," according to Kirkus Review.

I just love how random this category is! We have or will be getting "The Aliens are Coming! The Extraordinary Science Behind Our Search for Life in the Universe" by Ben Miller as well as a biography of Texas musician and producer T Bone Burnett called  "A Life in Pursuit" by Lloyd Sachs and published by UT Press, "Welcome to the Universe: An Astrophysical Tour by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss and J. Richard Gott," described as an “entertaining” introduction to astronomy. "Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave us Religious Freedom" by Jack Weatherford  is supposed to be “an intriguing, eye-opening spiritual biography” that shows Khan’s soft side. Who knew?

You'll find the most talked-about books in your library: the Oprah Book Club Pick, "The Underground Railroad," a novel by Colson Whitehead, a “writer of the first rank”; and "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly about the African-American mathematicians who helped launch John Glenn into outer space, which is being made into a movie to be released in 2017.

Local readers have praised "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance and other books getting lots of media attention include "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Nutshell," Ian McEwen; "Surrender New York," Caleb Carr; "Love Warrior," Glennon Doyle Melton; and lots of politics and books about the candidates, which are getting checked out as soon as they are put on the shelf.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Almost too many to list, I'm sure I've missed some: "Navigators of Dune" by Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson; a collection short stories edited by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones author), "The Swarm" by Orson Scott Card; and "Death’s End" by Cixin Liu. Let us know your favorite authors so we can keep up with new releases.

Love romantic fiction? Check out "Where Hope Prevails" by Janet Oke; "Rushing Waters," Danielle Steel; "Always a Cowboy," Linda Lael Miller; and "Sunday Kind of Love" by Dorothy Garlock.  "A Scot in the Dark" by Sarah MacLean was highly recommended by Kirkus Reviews. 

It's a good year for history tomes: "Frontier Grit: The Unlikely True Stories of Daring Pioneer Women" by Marianne Monson is getting a proper re-release; and don't miss "American Revolutions" by  Alan Taylor,  Joseph Lelyveld’s "His Final Battle" about FDR’s last days.

More history: "The Earth is Weeping; The Epic Story of the Indian Wars for the American Wes"t by Peter Cozzens; "The Framers’ Coup: The Making of the U.S. Constitution," Michael Klarman; and "American Endurance: Buffalo Bill, the Great Cowboy Race of 1893, and the Vanishing Wild West" by Richard A. Serrano.

For the latest books to arrive, check out our new materials case to the left of the front door. There we feature the latest books, DVDs and audiobooks, as well as best-sellers. If an item you want has already been checked out, let us put a hold on it for you. We'll let you know as soon as it's checked back in.
If your favorite author or genre isn't mention, don't despair! I couldn't possibly write about every new book that's coming in -- these are just a few of the highlights. And, of course, your suggestions are always welcome. Let us know what you want to read!

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New to watch and hear

Big Stone Gap
Crimson Peak
Endeavor - Seasons 1-3*
The Jungle Book
League of Denial
London Has Fallen
The Man Who Knew Infinity*
The Martian*
Me Before You
The Night Manager*
The Tunnel, Season 1*
*Librarian recommended!
In addition to the new titles, we are working to complete sets and replace items that were lost or damaged. 
We now have the complete sets of hit TV series Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey available for checkout. Harry Potters are on order.

Many more are on order and should be in by mid-October.
Case of the 1-Penny Orange by Howard Fast
Case of the Poisoned Eclairs by Howard Fast
Case of the Russian Diplomat by Howard Fast
Case of the Sliding Pool by Howard Fast
Saving Hope by Janet Dailey
Seven Paths of Death by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Bridging La Frontera: Authors of the Big Bend
Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library will present a series of talks and book signings at the library, funded by a grant from Humanities Texas.

October 20, 2016

Benjamin Alire Saenz is an artist, poet, novelist, and author of children’s books.
He has written five books of poetry, four novels, four young adult novels, and four children’s books. His most recent collection of short stories, "Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club," from Cinco Puntos Press, won the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Lambda Literary Award.
He is a retired full professor from the University of Texas at El Paso.

January 2017
Daniel Chacón is the author of four books of fiction, including "Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms, and Loops," which won the 2014 Pen Oakland Award for Literary Excellence and the Tejas NACCS Award for Best Book of Fiction for 2013.
He also wrote "Chicano Chicanery" and "And the Shadows Took Him."
Chacón's collection of short stories, "Unending Rooms," won the 2008 Hudson Prize. His novel "​D" is forthcoming in 2017.
He is a faculty member of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.

April 2017
Sasha Pimentel was born in Manila and raised in the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.
She is a poet and author of "For Want of Water" (Beacon Press, 2017), selected by Pulitzer Prize-winning judge Gregory Pardlo as winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series.
She wrote Insides She Swallowed (West End Press, 2010), winner of the 2011 American Book Award, selected by judge James Bertolino.
Chosen by Philip Levine, Mark Strand, Charles Wright, Joy Williams and John Guare as a
finalist for the 2015 Rome Prize in Literature (American Academy of Arts and
Letters), Pimentel's work has been recently published in American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Crazyhorse, among others.
She is a faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso.

For more information, visit the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library website.
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New library services

Patrons now can access the library's catalog of materials at a dedicated computer. No need to log in or have a password to find out if we have a certain book, DVD or audiobook, and where you can find it in the library. 

Also new is our color printer that scans and makes copies.
  • Black-and-white prints and copies will remain 10 cents each.
  • Color prints are $1 per page.
  • Scans are 10 cents per page, scanned to your flash drive.
  • Prices are determined on a cost-recovery basis.
The computer and printer were funded by a generous grant from the Abell-Hanger Foundation of Midland, which was sponsored by the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library.

Free notary services are now available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and some Saturdays. Call ahead to confirm availability or to make an appointment, (432) 426-3802.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” 

— C.S. Lewis
Databases, e-books and more

I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole when checking out the newest resources available to all of us via TexShare. It's easy to spend hours checking out all the neat things available -- for free.

If you have logged on lately, I encourage you to stop by the library to get the password information and start exploring. It's got something for everyone, at any age.

In addition to scholarly journals, news databases, workplace-skills tutorials, EBSCO's Legal Information Reference Center, Gale Legal Forms,, Jeff Davis County Library patrons also have access to more than 100,000 e-books in two collections: e-Libro Premium and a technology book collection. And there's a phone app for that!

You'll find entire databases on the American West, geneaology, business, science and much, much more. The world is literally available at our fingertips.

But the newest resource is Pronunciator, a fun and easy way to learn to speak, read and write any of 80 languages, with programs for beginners, travelers and everyone in between.

Cleaning house? Click here to get the scoop on donating books!
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