S.M. Dunlap to host presentation about recent excavation of mammoth near Italy


Professor Tom Vance of Navarro College will be delivering a presentation at Italy’s S.M. Dunlap Library (300 W. Main Street) at 2pm on Saturday, August 6, 2016 discussing the excavation of “Ellie May,” the mammoth discovered in Ellis County in 2014. Professor Vance’s presentation will include a slideshow and stories from the dig site as well as a discussion of other mammoths found in Texas.

S.M. Dunlap Library welcomes all ages

I discovered that someone has been spreading a rumor that this library no longer welcomes children. We welcome everyone of whatever age, and we urge you to bring your munchkins by this summer and introduce the little ones to books, the older ones to the newest young adult novel, and the parents to our latest bestseller. We’ll be delighted to see you!

S.M. Dunlap Library closed for painting

Due to interior painting and the resulting obstacle course of scaffolding, ladders and the like, the Library will be partially closed for a few days. If you have a book that’s due, just hold on to it. The librarians will be at the Library between 3 and 4 on Tuesday, April 1, through Saturday, April 5, if you need a book, computers or a FAX. You might want to call ahead. They apologize for the inconvenience.

Dunlap Library: January Books

Many of you noticed the bulldozer, piles of dirt, and yellow tape here at the library the last few weeks. We were doing some foundation work on this fine old 62 year old building, and we’re working on some other changes, as well. Come by and give your opinion on some of our renovation plans!

Twice the Eggs, Twice the Fun

Image: Caty Betencourt, age 5, is ready with bucket in hand for hunting the best eggs.

As in previous Easter egg hunts, fun was abounding on Saturday morning. Children from Italy and beyond grabbed their baskets or buckets and enjoyed hunting eggs at two different places. Thrilled with the thoughts of eggs filled with surprises, the kids checked high and low to fill up their basket. The first egg hunt was at the Dunlap Library and afterwards, the children moved to the Upchurch Ball Fields for the Mayor’s fulfilled gathering.