May 2012

Dear Friends,
From the beginning it has been our goal to bring the biggest names and best minds to the LBJ Library. This month, Friends members have the opportunity to hear from three stars-- in the music, film, and literary worlds respectively. On May 8, Grammy Award-winning singer Shawn Colvin will join us to interview acclaimed actress Sissy Spacek. Just a week later on May 15, author and humorist Christopher Buckley will discuss his new novel They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, hitting bookstores next week. I hope you will join us for both programs.

On the renovation front, I am pleased to announce The Store at LBJ (formerly the LBJ Museum Store) is open and ready for business. I encourage you to stop in and see the Store in its new space. As before, all proceeds benefit the LBJ Library.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

All the best,

Mark K. Updegrove

An Evening With Sissy Spacek

Academy-Award winner and Texas native Sissy Spacek will join us May 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium to celebrate the release of her memoir, My Extraordinary Ordinary Life. She will appear in conversation with local singer and songwriter Shawn Colvin.

Born in Quitman, Texas, Ms. Spacek went on to build a successful film career that has included iconic roles in such films as Badlands, Carrie, Coal Miner's Daughter, Crimes of the Heart and, most recently, The Help. She will discuss her personal and professional life and how her childhood in Texas has influenced her work.

Signed copies of Ms. Spacek's memoir will be available for sale immediately prior to the event, from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium lobby. To pre-order a copy, please call The Store at LBJ at (512) 232-2396. All copies will include a signed bookplate.

An RSVP is required to attend. If you have not yet responded, please email your response to [email protected] Please bring your membership cards for admittance; your membership card will serve as your ticket. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m. There will not be a reception following the program because of the ongoing renovations of the Library's exhibits.

An Evening With Christopher Buckley

Preeminent satirist and bestselling author Christopher Buckley will join us on May 15 at 6:00 p.m. for a conversation about his new book, They Eat Puppies, Don't They?, a novel about U.S. - China relations. Clay Smith, Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival, will moderate the conversation.

Christopher Buckley is the author of fifteen books, including Supreme Courtship, Boomsday, and Losing Mum and Pup. He is editor-at-large of ForbesLife magazine and a columnist for The Daily Beast.

BookPeople will provide books for this event and is now accepting pre-orders for signed copies of They Eat Puppies, Don't They? Pre-ordering is highly advised to ensure you receive a signed book. To pre-order a signed copy of the book, please visit this special link for Friends members. Your Friends discount will be honored, and your copy will be ready for pick-up at The Store at LBJ that evening. Signed copies of the book will also be sold on May 15 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in The Store at LBJ, while supplies last. Mr. Buckley will be available for a meet and greet from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. in the Store. Please plan to enter through the main entrance of the LBJ Library rather than through the LBJ School doors.

An RSVP is required to attend. if you have not yet responded, please email your response to [email protected] Please bring your membership cards for admittance; your membership card will serve as your ticket. The doors will open at 5:15 p.m. There will not be a reception following the program.

Mrs. Johnson's Centennial Year

Had she lived, Mrs. Johnson would celebrate her 100th birthday on December 22 of this year. We will remember Mrs. Johnson each month in our eNewsletter, and in programs at the Library later this year. I hope you will join us in honoring her legacy.

If you would like to learn more about her tremendous legacy or programs planned throughout Central Texas in her honor, please visit Mrs. Johnson's Centennial website,

Lady Bird Johnson always had a love for the natural world. This admiration started as a young girl in Karnack, Texas, where her Aunt Effie taught her about the marvels of nature. This fine appreciation followed Lady Bird to the White House where it became her main focus as First Lady. Whether it was planting over four million daffodils in Washington, DC, or exploring America's national parks with the Secretary of the Interior, Lady Bird worked to raise awareness of the environment. Even though "going green" is a familiar idea today, Lady Bird was ahead of the curve and understood that "beautification means our total concern for the physical and human quality we pass on to our children and the future."

Renovation update

The Store at LBJ (formerly the LBJ Museum Store) is now open in its new, expanded space! Please come by to take advantage of your member discount and shop the wonderful mix of gifts and memorabilia.

The LBJ Library and Museum is in the midst of a major redesign that will give visitors a contemporary, engaging experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in our country's history.

The LBJ Library will remain open throughout the construction. However, the permanent and special exhibits on the third and fourth floors are now closed. Please visit the renovation project webpage for regular updates on construction and more details.

LBJ Friends on Facebook

The Friends of the LBJ Library now has a Facebook page! Visit LBJ Library Friends and "like" us to receive program and exhibit updates, Library news, and LBJ tidbits on your feed.

The LBJ Library & Museum also has a Facebook page and Twitter feed. Join the conversation!

Membership cards

As a reminder, we switched to new membership cards (pictured at right) in early 2012. All members were mailed new cards at that time. Please bring your cards to each and every program for quicker admittance.

If you need a replacement card, please email [email protected].