Grapeland Public Library promoting science and math through new donation

GRAPELAND, TX (KTRE) - 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 Coldiron.

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)

Emphasis: Math, Sciences, Philosophy

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, including:

The Great Courses (DVD)

  • Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe
  • Mastering the Fundamentals of Math
  • Physics in Your Life


  • Building Big series:
    • Bridges
    • Dams
    • Domes
    • Skyscrapers
    • Tunnels
  • How the Universe Works
  • NOVA's Genius series:
    • Newton's Dark Secrets
    • Einstein's Big Idea
    • Darwin's Dangerous Idea
    • Galileo's Battle for the Heavens
  • NOVA: The Pluto Files
  • The Story of Math
  • The Story of 1
  • Times Tales
  • When We Left the Earth: The NASA Missions


  • The Story of Philosophy, Durant

Adult books

  • 1001 Inventions that Changed the World, Challoner
  • The Atom and the Apple, Balibar
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of American's Favorite Planet, Tyson
  • Relativity, Einstein

Children's books

  • 100 Most Popular Scientists for Young Adults, Haven
  • Astronomy: Out of this World!, Basher
  • 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, Branley
  • Math Doesn't Suck, McKellar
  • Mistakes That Worked, Jones
  • The Moon Seems to Change, Branley
  • The New Way Things Work, Macaulay
  • The Number Devil, Enzensberger (fiction)
  • Physics, Basher
  • 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
  • The Story of Science: Newton at the Center, Hakim
  • The Unknowns, A Math Mystery (fiction)
  • The Vanishing Violin, Beil (fiction)
  • What the Moon is Like, Branley

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