Jazz at Central Library

The Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet is the featured performance for Fort Worth Central Library’s free May 19, 3rd Thursday Jazz Series 2016. The music begins at 6:30 PM, Thursday, May 19.

From the famous Marsalis family, Delfeayo is one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. The man is known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind, and frequent touches of humor”, according to L. Feather of the LA Times. He is “one of the best, most imaginative, and musical of the trombonists of his generation”, per P. Elwood, San Francisco Examiner. What a treat awaits his audience.

Another treat is the refreshment table manned by the Library’s employees and usually stocked with delicious cookies, coffee, and bottled water. Patrons can enjoy a pat on the tummy and a pat on the heart.

Free parking is available in the Sundance Square Garage III at 420 Throckmorton Street and on the streets after 6:00 PM. Entrance to the parking garage is located on 3rd. Street just a block from the Library’s entrance at 500 W. 3rd. Street in downtown Fort Worth.

Annie Ambles to Third Thursday Jazz


Chandor Gardens

There is always something more to learn about our beautiful area. One of those interesting things is a special garden built by renowned English portrait artist Douglas Chandor in Weatherford in the early twentieth century. Yes, I know, Annie limits her blog to Fort Worth, and this is all about the story of the lovely gardens. It’s a tale told in Fort Worth that you’ll want to hear.

As part of the Community Workshop series, The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and the Fort Worth Library are uniting to present “The Story of Chandor Gardens”as told by Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist. You can hear it all free on Saturday, May 7, 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, at Fort Worth Central Library’s Tandy Hall, 500 W. 3rd. Street. Mr. Chamblee will share the site’s history and recount the labors that have restored the garden’s former glory. After the program, he will be signing his new book, The Story of Chandor Gardens.

Annie wants to share more information about Steven Chamblee who sounds like the original plant doctor. He is a consulting editor and author for Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine, writes an e-newsletter column Native Son, and is an Adjunct Instructor for Tarleton State University. And, Annie is inspired to make the drive to Weatherford to see Chandor Gardens. Wanna go? Just let me know.

Annie Ambles to the Library Saturday to learn more about Chandor Gardens



Passport Services

new united states passport book.jpgFort Worth’s City Council just voted 8-0 to allow our downtown Central Library to process passport applications. Located at 500 W. Third Street, our Library can now perform these passport services. Wonderful! Travelers, the Central Library staff will submit the applications to the U.S. Department of State for approval. These passport services are available from 2:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 12:00 noon until 5:00 PM on Saturdays. Parking is free on the weekend. You can park in the parking garage for 1 1/2 hours. It’s free, but you need to get your parking ticket stamped at the Library’s front desk.

Check the State Department web site <www.state.gov> for requirements. There is a “wizard” to walk you through either the new passport or renewal steps. Just be sure you are on the official government web page. You will need a couple of passport photos which you can have taken at Walgreen’s (nearest store to the Library is Henderson and Texas), most Walmart’s, and other photo processing places. Other documents are required, if this is your first passport. Everyone, yes, even your infant or grandchild, requires a passport these days.

Don’t expect to get your passport in a week. A renewal or first time passport takes about six weeks to process. Of course, you can pay to have the process expedited, but that still takes about three weeks. The message here is to plan ahead. You can complete the application online, fill out the form, and print it off to take with you to the Library. If you don’t use a computer, call 1-877-487-2778 to talk to a real live person.

Annie Ambles thanks the Council for the passport services

Book Sale

Book lovers, heed this call. The Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library is having its Biannual Book Sale on three weekends in April and May. Guess it means that we have three fantastic opportunities to add some fine books to our libraries. Choose from thousands of books, CDs, and DVDs with most items priced 50 cents to a dollar fifty.

There is a “Members Only Tax-Free Sale Day” this coming Saturday, April 16, 9 am until 4 pm at the Book Store, 5332 Trail Lake Drive, Wedgewood Village, just south of Loop 820 and Trail Lake. You’ll pay only 1/2 price in the book store. Not a member? It’s easy to join or renew your membership at the door. Seniors pay $20, if Annie is not mistaken.

Sale days to the public in the Chapter 2 Annexes, 5314 and 5318 Trail Drive, are April 22-24 and Saturday May 7. If you’re not a member, there is a $1 admission charge per day.

There’ll be a  Garage Sale at the Book Store Annexes on Saturday, May 7, 9 am through 4 pm. Fixtures and gift items from the warehouse will be sold plus another $15 a box day on remaining books. Sunday, April 24, noon until 4 pm is the first $15 a box day with boxes provided.

If your bookshelves are already packed to overflowing, go through your books and donate some to make room for your new purchases. You’ll get a tax deduction slip for the IRS at the Main Desk, and the Friends will have more books to sell.

Annie Ambles renews her membership and fills a box with books

Three Cheers for Red Oak Foundation

The Red Oak Foundation based right here in Fort Worth is an organization with a mission: To spread the pleasures and benefits of books to all young children. Since its creation in 1997, Red Oak has distributed 523,817 books to young children and their families.

Annie came to know and admire Red Oak after she started reading to elementary children in the Fort Worth Independent School District at I. M. Terrill Elementary as part of Bass Hall’s Children’s Education Program (CEP). She is what is known as a book bearer. This is how it works for her and can, too, for you–Volunteer to be a reader. Pick up the books. Drive to the school. Check in at the office. Take the books to a classroom. Give a book to each student. Leave a book for each absent child. Read sections of the book. Wave good-bye. Give yourself a treat for having fun and doing good!

Cutting out the middle man, Red Oak purchases the books directly from their publishers. In addition to the book bearers who represent 168 non-profit organizations, books are distributed through 26 clinics (336,865), 42 book clubs (2,362), and at 408 events (21,704).

Events for children five years of age and under and their parents or caregivers are held at non-profit centers in targeted neighborhoods. These have story times where books are read aloud by site representatives, followed by book selections where every child can take home two quality, hardback books for free.

Hats off to Red Oak.

Annie Ambles reads to first graders to encourage a love of books

Cliburn Junior Piano Competition Concert

We residents of Fort Worth are so lucky to live in a city that frequently presents free concerts for us. The next one, Thursday, April 14, at 6:30 PM, will have Annie in the audience. Maybe you, too, can work this free concert into your busy life.

Cliburn in the Community and the Fort Worth Library team up to present a 90-minute concert featuring the winners of last June’s Cliburn Junior Piano Competition. What a joy to have these three young people share their talents with us. Alim Beisembayev, Arsenii Mun, and Youlan Ji will play selections featuring works by Beethoven, Debussy, Czerny, Liszt, Rachmaninov, and Shostakovich.

You may want to come early to downtown Fort Worth’s Central Library to get a seat in its Library Gallery. Enter the library at 500 W. 3rd. Street, walk inside until you have to turn right. Continue straight ahead where you’ll see the seated crowd.  The library has free parking in the Sundance Square Garage III at 420 Throckmorton Street. Entrance to the parking garage is located on W. 3rd. Street. As always, on the street parking is free after 6 pm.

Annie Ambles plans to attend the Piano Competition concert

Caruso in Cowtown

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What an honor it must have been for the great singer Enrico Caruso to sing for Fort Worth’s citizens way back then in 1920. To learn more about those days and time, come downtown as The Center for Texas Studies at TCU and the Fort Worth Library present “Caruso in Cowtown: A Lecture” with Ruth Karbach, Independent Scholar, Saturday, April 2, 2016, 10:30am to Noon.

The event is free as is the parking on downtown Fort Worth’s streets. Come to hear this program in the Discovery Theater of Fort Worth’s Central Library, 500 W. 3rd Street.

Famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso’s first Texas performance was before a crowd of 8,000 gathered in the Cowtown Coliseum in the Fort Worth Stockyards in 1920. Speaker Ruth Karbach will explain how the city attracted Caruso and the excitement over his visit. Plus, we’ll hear sample recordings of the arias he sang that night. To hear them live, visit http://www.fwopera.org/ to learn more about an upcoming recreation of the concert on April 7, 2016.

Ruth Karbach has worked with the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech, Thistle Hill house museum, and the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. She is currently an active independent scholar who has contributed to a number of books including Texas Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, winner of the 2016 Liz Carpenter Award for the Best Book on Texas Women from the Texas State Historical Association.

For more program information, call 817-257-6896.

Annie Ambles to Fort Worth’s Central Library for the Caruso Program