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Find your favorite ‘Great American Read’ at the PHPL

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    Michael Tidwell, a practicing chemist, has found a way to merge his passions for science and art through the cyanotype process.
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What is your Great American Read? Is it a classic, like “Invisible Man”? A contemporary fiction story a la “Outlander”? Or a story that transports you to another world?

Whatever your style, the comprehensive book list prepared by PBS for their upcoming fall television series explores a diversity of topics, writers and genres.

We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with local station KLRN to help promote the Great American Read this year and have a number of upcoming events to help share their story.

We are so grateful that this partnership was possible through a generous grant from the American Library Association.

Stop by upstairs any day to come explore those books titles – in multiple formats – at our Great American Read “shelfie” station. Staff members took photos with their favorite books on the list and shared those with you on this dynamic display. It’s an interesting list.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to review it, it’s available at The series and their partnerships with libraries are designed for discussion and we are honored to be a part of it. Make your voice heard by voting for your favorite novel.

And we hope to see you at the library this fall at one of our planned programs in support of this national conversation.

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, make plans to join us for a Book Bingo Night in the community room, starting at 6 p.m. We’ll have a fun, free version of Book Bingo with sets of Great American Read books as prizes.

Our space is limited for this program, so RSVP by calling the library and letting us know you are attending.

As we get close to the cutoff, we’ll make announcements on our FB event page so that you know to get that RSVP in fast!

KRLN staff will be on hand for two other events at the library this fall: Make plans to stop by their “monsters & villains” booth at the Boerne Boo on Saturday, Oct. 27. Keep an eye out on Miss Constance’s column and the Parks and Recreation Facebook page for more info on the Boo!

KLRN is also hosting a children’s author booth and panel discussion at 11 a.m. at the Boerne Book and Arts Fest on Main Plaza on Oct. 6. We have some terrific writers lined up for this event – along with more than 20 tents featuring writers and books from across the region!


There are lots of other fun events and activities taking place beginning in September at the library, notably centered around art and exhibits. In our gallery space, beginning Sept. 1 and continuing all month long, the Cibolo Nature Center is providing a look back at its amazing accomplishments and education programs with an exhibit that celebrates three decades of community and community service.

The exhibition is a retrospective and timeline history of the center, with a focus on areas of interest such as children’s programs, citizen science, land preservation and farm programs. It also looks forward, as the Cibolo Nature Center readies its new nature school.

What began as a dream to preserve the Cibolo Creek for future generations to enjoy as Carolyn Chipman Evans did while growing up along the creek bed has flourished into a vibrant center for nature, education and conservation right at your back door.

Stop by during library hours to check it out!

Beginning Sept. 1 on the upstairs gallery wall, we are participating in San Antonio’s FotoSeptiembre celebration with an exhibit from photographer Michael Tidwell.

As a practicing chemist, Tidwell has found a way to merge his passions into one art form, through the cyanotype process with a focus on the San Antonio Missions in this exhibit.

These original and authentic prints contain no other inks, dyes or pigments other than Prussian blue using Herschel’s original formula. Each piece is contact-printed from sunlight using a digital negative based on Tidwell’s photography and using archival quality, acid-free, cold-pressed, heavyweight paper.

Any post toning is accomplished using either tea, coffee or red wine according to traditional methodologies known in the art.

We’ll host an opening reception for this display on Sept. 5, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Stop by and meet the photographer!

Finally, beginning Aug. 29 and continuing for six weeks each Wednesday at 4 p.m., join us in the upstairs conference room for an hour of “art and meditation.”

Led by Jenny Russell, with curated paintings to study from Christina Ryrholm, this hour is, according to Jenny, “a time of contemplation: using a piece of art while seeking the Divine in life and self, a sacred time of peaceful silence – learning the art of quietude in ‘visio divina.’ The process will unfold as we go.”

I’m very intrigued by this concept and what Jenny and Christina have put together. If you are too, then join us that day for some peaceful silence.