Sep. 7, 2019:

Alpine’s 5th-Ever Adult Spelling Bee

The 5th-Ever Alpine Adult Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Alpine Civic Center. We will have celebrity judges and lots of fun. Cash prizes for the first- and second-place teams.

Team registration is now open. For more information call 432-837-2621. Spectators are welcome to join the fun. There is a $5.00 admission fee for spectators (children 12 and under are free). A cash bar will be available. Click the link for the registration form: Single Team signup

Make a team and participate or come watch teams of spellers compete to win 1st- and 2nd-Place for CASH prizes. Spectators can cheer them on and vote for audience choice awards!


  1. Teams of up to 4 members will compete against each other. A team may compete with fewer members.
  2. The emcee will read a word (words will increase in difficulty as the rounds progress), the emcee will give a definition, use the word in a sentence, and repeat the word one time.
  3. Most words will come from the Scripps National Spelling Bee lists and lists of commonly misspelled words, available on the Internet.
  4. Team members will consult and write the agreed­-upon spelling on a small white board. Teams will have 30 seconds to consult. A timekeeper will announce when time is up.
  5. At a signal from the timekeeper, teams will hold up their boards simultaneously, and the judges will determine which teams have spelled the word correctly. Those teams will move to the next round. The decision of the judges is final.
  6. Each team is allowed one miss. After the second miss, the team may buy back in for $10 per team member, for one more miss only.
  7. The bee continues until only one team remains.






Spanish Conversation

Check out the new Spanish Conversation group organized by Robert Flanders. The purpose is to get together and practice conversational Spanish. The group will meet on the second and fourth Saturdays from 1 pm to 3 pm in the AEP Foundation Multipurpose room at the library. Everyone is welcome.

English Conversation

Is English your second language? Need practice? Come to the library for English conversation from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm every Wednesday evening. Call the library at 432-837-2621 for more information.

Citizenship Class

The class meets at the library every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Open enrollment, no preregistration is necessary. We work together to prepare everyone for the citizenship interview. Also, practice English and Spanish. Call the library at 432-837-2621 for more information.

ESL for the Big Bend

English as a Second Language (ESL) Tutoring: A free tutoring program for anyone who wants to learn English; all level learners of any native language are welcome. Contact us for information about taking lessons, or becoming a tutor.

Clases de Inglés
Lecciones privadas y particulares
Aptitudes básicas de lengua y conversación
Aptitudes para la vida y el trabajo
Atención a las diferencias culturales

Travel Talk

Local Residents Share Stories and Pictures from Journeys Abroad

Take a monthly tour from the comfort of Alpine Public Library’s AEP Multipurpose Room with Travel Talk coordinator and host Alan Wallace.

Travel Talk is usually on 4th Friday of each month, at 7 pm. Check the monthly APL program calendar for any time or date changes.

Yarn Arts

Yarn Arts is a public workshop that meets every Friday morning from 10:00 AM until noon in the APL Community Room. Anyone interested in Yarn Arts (spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, et al.) at all participation levels from listening to personal projects to group activities is welcome and encouraged to attend. Experienced yarn artists are available and happy to answer questions and offer advice on your personal projects. Stop by Friday mornings and join the fun.

Homebound Program

Friends of the Library volunteers provide an invaluable service to our community by delivering books, magazines, DVDs, Books-on-Tape and other materials to patrons who are unable to come to the library themselves. Today, four services come under the Homebound Program banner:
Our flagship Homebound Service for patrons with enduring disabilities;
Temporary Homebound Service
for those who for a variety of reasons are temporarily unable to come to the library;
our Big Bend Regional Medical Center (BBRMC) Periodical Service that keeps the waiting room periodical selection up-to-date;
and the Brewster County Jail Library Service that helps the jail staff maintain their inmate library.

Contact the library at 837-2621, for more information on these services.