August at Mount Vernon City Library
Staff Picks

Staff Picks Are Back!

Can’t figure out what you’d like to read or watch next? Check out our Staff Picks section, located next to the hold shelf. Our staff members have selected some of their favorite titles spanning multiple genres and age levels.
Each staff member has their own unique icon, so keep an eye out for their stickers around the library!

Want to find someone who has similar reading style as you? A staff picks legend explains our preferences and favorite genres. 

Tex Wilson

Meet Tex Wilson, August's Featured Community Artist

“My mother said I was blown in on a West Texas sand storm in Slaton, a small West Texas farm, ranch and railroad town. The dream of becoming an artist and the love of trains and cowboys began to emerge about age nine. The art career had a bumpy beginning working for a paper converting company, a graphic lithographic company, a minor art studio, and a small printing company before spending the next sixteen years with two major league advertising art studios. Then, on July 4, 1976, [I] made a ‘Declaration of Independence’ beginning a career as a freelance illustrator/designer. My latest effort was complaining all my railroad and cowboy wart work into two coffee table books.”

Tex's artwork will be on display at the library through end of August.

Book Club

"The Distance Between Us" Book Discussion 
Thursday, August 8 at 12:30 p.m. 

Please join us for a discussion about "The Distance Between Us" by Reyna Grandde. 

In this poignant memoir about her childhood in Mexico, Reyna Grande skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.

The Mount Vernon City Library Book club meets the second Thursday of every month at 12:30 p.m. New readers are always welcome. 

Son of Reptile Man

Son of Reptile Man @ Hillcrest Park
Thursday, August 8 at 5 p.m. 
For all ages

Host Isaac Petersen will show a variety of reptiles and talk about their individual importance to the balance of nature. Certain animals are available for petting following the performance. This event will take place at Hillcrest Park (1717 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon). 

Family Movie Night

The Universe Starts Here: Family Movie Night & Rock Painting

Tuesday, August 13
Rocking Painting: 5-6 p.m.
Movie: 6- 7:30 p.m.

Join us at the Mount Vernon City Library for a viewing of the Kids Can Save the Planet documentary trilogy! Learn about what you can do to help planet Earth no matter your age and enjoy some free refreshments. Come early for free activities, including galaxy rock painting.

Teen Yupo Painting

Yupo Painting

Thursday, August 15 at 3 p.m. 
For teens entering grades 6-12

Use recycled plastic sheets and texture to create colorful, abstract art. All supplies provided. 

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