February 21st, 2012
A packed house at the Friends of the Library December meeting heard Jed Marum perform a mix of Celtic folksongs, some of his own compositions, and holiday songs. He accompanied himself on several instruments.
Last weekend the Dallas folksinger participated in a battle reenactment in Oklahoma and this wonderful little snippit of camp life was posted: a duet with Jed and a small fan on violin, performing his song “Come Back Katy” (copyright 2005).
December 1st, 2011
The last Friends of the UTA Library meeting for 2011 will be on December 2, when folksinger Jed Marum performs forthe group. This meeting begins at 7:30pm in the Central Library sixth floor atrium. The library is located at 702 Planetarium Place.
Jed Marum was born in Massachusetts and until his early-30s spent his days working in construction and excavation and his evenings playing in bars and coffeehouses. For a number of years he dropped music and switched to IT work in both the airline and telecom industries, but at age 48 reversed course, picked up music again, and “I quit the day job in January of 2000 and I have earned my living at performing music ever since.”
He performs in Celtic or Folk/Bluegrass festivals (appearing for many years in Arlington at the North Texas Scottish Festival) and concert venues around the US. He has done “a little bit of TV and lot of radio” and has licensed songs and recordings to film and television productions playing to international markets on PBS, cable channels and in theaters. He produced and released nine albums on Boston Road Records and his music is published through Weston Grand Arts in association with ASCAP.
Marum’s album Cross Over The River: A Confederate Collection won the Traditional/Folk Album of the Year Award in the JP Folk Awards program in 2009. The album is a collection of true stories from history in song, as retold from the points-of-view of the American and Irish Americans who fought and reflects a true and South positive image throughout. His latest album is Rejoice!: A Christmas Album, released in November, 2011.
This meeting fills up early, so email or call Tommie Wingfield to hold a seat for you: email@example.com or 817-272-2658.
February 2nd, 2011
Uncle! The Weather Wins!
Feb. 4 Friends of Library meeting cancelled.
The Friends of the Library meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30pm in Central Library has been cancelled.
The speaker, Joe G. Bax, would have had to drive to Arlington from near Huntsville, TX, and Friends members would have had to drive from their homes and navigate the icy campus from the parking garage to get into the library for the meeting. Neither sounded like a good prospect late on Wednesday afternoon when it was announced that the University of Texas at Arlington would be closed on Thursday, Feb. 3, for a third consecutive day due to the frigid temperatures and icy conditions.
Gerald Saxon, Dean of the UT Arlington Library, announced this afternoon that he plans to reschedule this speaker for later in the year.
Not all Friends members who receive our printed invitations are on our email list yet, so if you know someone who might regularly attends our meetings but might not receive this email, please pass on the word, to save them the trip on Friday. Thanks!
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January 14th, 2011
Photos from the UT Arlington Library events are posted regularly to the Click! pages at the Star-Telegram. They typically appear in the Arlington Star-Telegram in print, but online they are visible to anyone anywhere.
If you wish to download a photo, open the link for the photo(s) you’re interested in, then right click your mouse and “save as” to your prefered file. This will be the full size photo that I sent to the paper and can be used for making a photo print at any camera store, etc.
These photos have been submitted under the Star-Telegram’s guidelines, and are theirs to use. In addition to downloading for free, they offer a way to email the link, and provide the html code for embedding any of these images in your web site. Finally, they offer a service to sell prints of these photos.
Though there is a link to purchase photos (on a yellow button) under each photo, that method doesn’t work. To find photos to purchase, go to the Star-Telegram front page and scroll to the footer where there is a line for Photo Galleries. You’ll see a link for “Photo Store,” and these photos are arranged by the day they ran in the paper (not the date of the event).
The last set of Friends of the Library photos were published in the Arlington paper on January 14, so view the thumbnails to find which photos they offer for sale. Not all of ours from the Click! page are sold, so check both places, and print your own if it isn’t sold by the paper. (The photo above I linked to from the Click! page doesn’t appear to be for sale–possibly because it was cropped to remove a lot of uninteresting wall in the photo. The digital file may be smaller than they can use for all of the sizes they offer).
Finally, if there are any of these photos that you would like a full-size digital copy of, cropped or uncropped, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it to you electroncially.
December 6th, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Central Library 6th floor Parlor
Joyce Gibson Roach grew up in Jacksboro, Texas, graduating from Jacksboro High School. She holds Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Texas Christian University and did post-graduate work in English at the University of North Texas.
Roach is a three-time Spur Award winner from Western Writers of America for The Cowgirls, revised reprint by the University of North Texas Press; short non-fiction, “A High Toned Woman,” from Hoein’ the Short Rows, Southern Methodist University Press; short fiction, “Just As I Am,” from Women of the West, Doubleday Company. She received the coveted Carr P. Collins prize for non-fiction from the Texas Institute of Letters for Eats: A Folk History of Texas Foods, Texas Christian University Press, and the William E. Jary Memorial Award from the Tarrant County Historical Commission for a book of local history, Wild Rose: A Folk History of a Cross Timbers Settlement, The Donning Company. She was a Spur finalist for short fiction, “In Broad Daylight” from Texas Short Stories, Browder Springs Publishing, and a finalist for the Teddy Children’s Book award from the Writers League of Texas for Horned Toad Canyon, Bright Sky Press. Roach is a 2010 Honoree in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
Currently, she divides her time between Keller and her ranch in Wise County in the Western Cross Timbers where she wages easement wars with oil, gas, and electric companies, deals with drought and feral pigs, tries to bring back native grasses, teaches her grandchildren the ways of the land and continues to write about it all.
Copies of the book will be for sale and signing after the meeting.
November 12th, 2010
Friends of the Library meet Nov. 12
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Also included in this meeting: presentation of the Friends McNair scholarship award winners
Don Graham was born in Collin County, north of Dallas, and attended high school in Carrolton, Texas. He graduated from North Texas State University with a B.A. and M.A. He took his doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. After a stint at the University of Pennsylvania, Graham returned to UT-Austin where he holds the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professorship of American and English Literature. He regularly teaches the course made famous by Dobie, Life and Literature of the Southwest.
Graham’s publications include scores of articles and essays dealing with Texas culture. Among his works on Texas are No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie Murphy, Giant Country: Essays on Texas, Kings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, Lone Star Literature: From the Red River to the Rio Grande, and State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies. In 2008 Graham received the A.C. Greene Literary Award from the West Texas Book and Music Festival. His new book, State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents, will be published by the University of Texas Press in February 2011. Graham is also a Writer-at-Large for Texas Monthly.
October 19th, 2010
John Miller Morris is an associate professor of geography at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he has taught since 1992. He received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin. He has authored four books, including From Coronado to Escalante (1992), El Llano Estacado (1997), A Private in the Texas Rangers (2001), and Taming the Land (2009).
Morris will be speaking to the Friends about his latest book, Taming the Land, a book that reflects the interest of Texans in the postcard graze that gripped the country from 1905-1920. During this time, hundreds of people took up cameras, and photographers of note chose some of their best works for photo postcards, which sold for a nickel and mailed for a penny to friends and relatives. Morris will show the Friends many of these revealing cards and discuss what they reveal about Texas and Texans in the early part of the 20th century.
Copies of the book will be sold during the reception following his presentation.
September 17th, 2010
“J. Frank Dobie: From ‘Mr. Texas’ to ‘A Liberated Mind’”
Friday, September 17, 2010
Central Library sixth floor parlor
Speaker: Steven L. Davis, author, Texas State University
Book: J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind (University of Texas Press, October 15, 2009) http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/davjfr.html
Steven L. Davis has been described by the Austin American-Statesman as, “one of Texas’ leading scholars of our indigenous culture.” He is a curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of some of the region’s leading writers, including Cormac McCarthy. Davis’s books include J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind and Texas Literary Outlaws: Six Writers in the Sixties and Beyond. He is editor of Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin “Bud” Shrake Reader and co-editor of Lone Star Sleuths: An Anthology of Texas Crime Fiction. He serves as the Series Editor for the Southwestern Writers Collection Book Series, published by the University of Texas Press. He lives in New Braunfels with his wife and children.
Davis will be speaking with the Friends about his new book, J. Frank Dobie, the first biography of this Texas literary icon in more than thirty years. Dobie (1888-1964) was the first Texas-based writer to gain national attention. In books such as Tales of Old-Time Texas, Coronado’s Children, and The Longhorns, Dobie captured the Southwest’s folk history at a time in which it was quickly disappearing. In this biography, Davis takes a fresh look at Dobie whose “liberated mind” set him on an intellectual journey that culminated in him fighting for labor, free speech, and civil rights well before the causes became “acceptable” for most Anglo Texans. Copies of the biography will be available for sale after Davis’s presentation.
For more information about these programs or the Friends of the UT Arlington Library, please contact Betty Wood at email@example.com or 817-272-7421.
April 21st, 2010
This year photos of library events have been sent to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. If you like and want a copy of any of these photos, you have a few choices. You can open them at the Star-Telegram (they have the full-sized digital photo) and save it (right click and save to where you want to keep it) or you can buy a print from the Star-Telegram. Or you can contact me, Maggie Dwyer, tell me which photo it is you want, and I can email you a copy of the digital file. Fees paid for prints purchased from the Star-Telegram are retained by the Star-Telegram.
http://click.star-telegram.com/category.php?id=41 will take you directly to the category of Library photos sent to the paper. You can go back through many months and find our events interspersed with other libraries in the region.
The most recent Friends of the Library meeting was also posted this week. Photos include Friends members with Bob Ray Sanders.
March 22nd, 2010
The news this morning reports the death of Texas legend Liz Carpenter, aged 89.
Carpenter was born in Salado and is first cousin to Malcolm McLean, whose collection of papers were edited and published as one of the few imprints put out by the short-lived “University of Texas at Arlington Press.” McClean is a scholar whose bailiwick is the early history of Texas, in particular the Robertson Colony, that his family (including Liz) is descended from. (Editors Note: I was friends with his sister, Gladyne McLean Reed, when I worked at the weekly paper the Belton Journal, and when I moved north and started school here at UTA in the mid 1990s I came up to Special Collections to see what those papers looked like. The bound set is on display in the entrance to SpCo.)
Carpenter was the speaker at the first Friends of the Library meeting, October 30, 1987. This photo shows Carpenter, left, with a very youthful Gerald Saxon, library archivist, at that meeting. Click the photo for a larger view of the image. Photographer unknown, in the public domain. Creative Commons license – attribution.
Malcolm McLean finding aid (scroll down).
National Public Radio story (dated March 22, 2010).