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Austin, TX 78701
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 6 PM
The Austin Public Library Friends Foundation together with the Mayor's Office and the Austin Public Library invites you to an afternoon with 2011 National Book Award Winner Jesmyn Ward, author of this year's Mayor's Book Club Selection, Salvage the Bones.
The event will include an introduction by Mayor Leffingwell, a reading and a Q&A with Jesmyn Ward. A reception and book signing will follow the Q&A.
“The Mayor’s Book Club is a great way to advocate literacy and promote a sense of community through a shared experience. We are happy to announce that Jesymn Ward’s novel “Salvage the Bones” is this year’s selection and are thrilled that Ms. Ward will be joining us in Austin to kick off our 11th annual event." - Mayor Leffingwell
Guest Blogger: Stephanie L.
Anxiety! Worry! Stress! We worry over our marriages, our children, caring for aging parents…It’s time we took control over our happiness, and learn to manage our difficulties in a productive way. For some, gardening may minimize stress and anxiety. For others, a jog through one of Austin’s many parks or running trails does the trick. Others turn to books, and get lost in another world as their stress melts away. Take a look at the resources we have available to support self-improvement and self-discovery:
To learn how to better manage those issues, Master Life Coach Dene’ Ballatine will be leading a series of workshops, “Building Blocks to a Great Life.” This series, offered at the Yarborough Branch Library from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month from July to October, 2014, will offer techniques for taking better care of ourselves and improving relationships with others. Join us for workshops on the following topics:
July has been dubbed Parks Month by Mayor Leffingwell and given a theme of “Out is In”. Meanwhile, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging residents to “get outside, change your outlook, and get involved in your community through parks and recreation”. This sounds fantastic to me. I certainly didn’t move to such an outdoorsy, no-snow, warm-much-of-the-year city to sit at home. There certainly are days that snuggling up with a good book or binging on a TV show is just what I want, but for most of my entertainment I seek things outside of my tiny-ish apartment. Each summer I like to discover a new location to sun, splash and walk through. From a picnic at Emma Long Metropolitan Park to music at the Hartman Park (part of the Long Center) I have yet to be disappointed. The Parks and Recreation department has put together a list of amenities and activities to help you get out there. Simultaneously, I am here to present to you how this theme relates to the library with a list of my own.
Change your outlook:
Get involved in your community
A few months ago, The New Yorker featured a piece on pictures of libraries for Robert Dawson’s book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. The Austin Public Library was proud to find that the George Washington Carver Branch was part of the slide show. With a fantastic mural, by the Austin artist John Fisher, adorning an outside wall and a rich history as the first branch to serve Austin’s Black community the Carver Branch has established itself locally and nationally.
Now, to better serve the rich and diverse citizenship of Austin, the Carver Branch has been awarded an enhancement grant from The Texas Book Festival. This will benefit the already existing collection of materials focused on African American history and culture. The Carver Museum, which sits next door to the Carver Branch, and the African American Cultural & Heritage Facility take on the task of creating exhibits and programming dedicated to African American scientists, artists, activists and the like. Meanwhile, the library looks to extend those learning opportunities through its available modern and updated texts.
As a nation, we recognize Black History in the month of February. As an evolving human society, we ought to do more. Having resources like the Carver Museum, African American Cultural & Heritage Facility and Carver library branch can bring a view into recent history unlike what is glossed over in school books and tourist destinations.
Here are some ways for you to do more:
We’ve been busy in the kitchen whipping up some felt creations for our Teen Summer Reading Program Felt Food Workshop! Hand-sew your own adorable, nonedible felt foodstuff on Monday July 7th from 6-8 PM at the Yarborough Branch. This program is recommended for ages 12-17.
What will you make?
Also, check out our upcoming Rock Band Battle of the Bands event, Sunday, July 27, 3-5 PM at the Ruiz Branch! Show up solo to join a band, or come with your own band to play the video games Rock Band 1 and 2! This is a true music tournament—showmanship and style will be added to your game score, so costumes and theatrics are encouraged! All controllers will be provided. Rock and roll forever! This program is also recommended for ages 12-17.
Come to Central to view the self-guided exhibit of "Mapping Mexican History," an exhibit from UT's Benson Latin American Collection. The exhibit will be up June 1, 2014-October 15, 2014. We will also host two programs on the exhibit, the first on Sunday, July 13 featuring Julianne Gilland, the curator of this exhibit, and the second on Sunday, July 20 featuring Jose Montelongo, the Mexican Materials Librarian at UT.
In the spirit of the mapping theme, join us in making a map marked with our favorite spots. Tweet us your favorite Austin spot or landmark #APLmap @AustinPublicLib or comment below.