When you step into the
Grapeland Public Library, you will find books of all types, including some special
books donated by the Sam Mayfield family.
"The librarian has done
an amazing job at selecting these materials for all ages," said Sam Mayfield's
widow and book donor, Dixie Mayfield.
After Sam Mayfield and his
wife retired to Grapeland in 1990, Sam started to tutor children in science and
math. The two were his favorite subjects.
Sam died last year, and
after members donated money to the library in honor of Sam, his wife, Dixie came
forward with more money and several books.
When browsing through all of
the donations in the selection, patrons can find resources of all types. From
serious titles like "The 100 Top Scientists for Young Adults" to catchy titles
like "Math Doesn't Suck". There is something for everybody.
"You can tell by the
range of books that we tried to do a little bit of something for everything.
Sam was known as being very supportive of education and kids, but he was also
enthusiastic about math, science and philosophy," said Library Director, Dianna
A donation of books trying
to help the education of young people is exactly what Mayfield thinks is needed
in today's technology driven society.
"I believe that
students learn more when they have a book in their hand and can go back to it
repeatedly," said Mayfield.
The donation is important
but those with the library say it is bigger than that.
"The most important thing in
my mind is the legacy that the family is leaving to the community," said Board
Chairman, Harry Pridgen.
A legacy they are hoping
will shape the leaders of tomorrow.
Here is the complete
selection of materials offered in the collection.
Grapeland Public Library—New Materials
Honoring the Memory of Sam Mayfield
(Updated March 2013)
In honor and memory of
local resident Sam Mayfield, several of his friends recently donated funds to
the library, allowing us to add some wonderful new print and DVD items,
The Great Courses (DVD)
Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe
Fundamentals of Math
Physics in Your Life
Building Big series:
How the Universe Works
NOVA's Genius series:
Newton's Dark Secrets
Einstein's Big Idea
Galileo's Battle for
NOVA: The Pluto Files
The Story of Math
The Story of 1
When We Left the
Earth: The NASA Missions
The Story of
1001 Inventions that
Changed the World, Challoner
The Atom and the
The Pluto Files: The
Rise and Fall of American's Favorite Planet, Tyson
100 Most Popular
Scientists for Young Adults, Haven
Astronomy: Out of this
Bomb: The Race to
Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon, Sheinkin
A Child's Introduction
to the Night Sky, Driscoll (includes a Star Finder)
Gravity is a Mystery,
Math Doesn't Suck,
Mistakes That Worked,
The Moon Seems to
The New Way Things
The Number Devil,
Planet Earth: What
Planet are You On?, Basher
Space Travelers, Simon
The Story of Science:
Aristotle Leads the Way, Hakim
The Story of Science:
Einstein Adds a New Dimension, Hakim
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