Friends of the Library: Exploring Texas History

Marsha Scholze, 2021-22 FOL chair, and Jane Scholz, 2022-23 FOL chair, prepare for the fifth FOL annual meeting.

Dianna Lucas and Jane Scholz

Membership of Friends of the Library (FOL) met for their fifth annual meeting on July 14. Marsha Scholze presided as the final act of her year as chair. Members were afforded the chance to win raffle prizes throughout the meeting. The prizes consisted of gift certificates to Barnes & Noble, the Wildhorse Grill, and the Wildhorse Golf Course. There were also a few surprise gifts in gift bags.

The meeting began with the secretary and treasurer presenting the minutes from last year’s meeting and the financial report. It continued with a review of 2021 and all that FOL accomplished in the past year.

The new slate of officers was introduced and elected. They are Jane Scholz, moving from vice chair to chair; Elaine Kushmaul, a new addition for vice chair; Frannie Howard, a new addition for treasurer; and Debbie Blackburn, remaining as secretary. Marsha Scholze will stay on the board as past chair in an advisory position.

After the election of officers, Marsha turned the meeting over to Jane, the new chair, with a congratulatory word.

Jane recognized the three past chair persons in attendance: Marsha Scholze, Linda Bono, and Fred Van Naerssen.

Jane indicated that the members would be receiving an email asking for suggestions and volunteers for FOL board members and book discussion committee members. She also mentioned discussing a recognition of our library volunteers at the next FOL board meeting.

The Friends of the Library’s next book discussion on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in the Robson Library in the CATC building will hit very close to home. The discussion is open to all Robson residents.

The book is Empire of the Summer Moon, by S.C. “Sam” Gwynne. The 2010 book spent 82 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and won the Texas and Oklahoma book prizes.

It tells two astonishing true stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history and a major force in Texas history.

The second is the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, the last chief of the Comanches.

Gwynne is a Texas writer who has been on the staff of Time and Texas Monthly. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, California Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Dallas Morning News.

Discussion questions will be sent to Friends of the Library members and posted on our GroupWorks page on Aug. 30.

A 26-minute audio interview, plus a book excerpt, is available at