Project Literacy

Visit the Midland County Public Libraries to meet the featured authors for the 12th Annual Project Literacy, a collaborative initiative that promotes literacy and a lifelong love of reading. Don't miss these free, public events to meet this year's featured authors! Bring your own book or shop the Barnes & Noble pop-up shop for a copy to get signed.

Project Literacy is a collaborative initiative that promotes literacy and a lifelong love of reading. Every year, each first grade student receives a book to keep, and each campus library receives copies of the selected books to circulate among their students. This project would not be possible without the dedicated support from Wells Fargo, Midland County Public Library Foundation, Midland ISD, Basin PBS, Midland Reporter-Telegram, and the Midland County Public Libraries.

Headshot of author Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca

This year's headlining author is Rajani LaRocca, Newbery Honor-winning author of I'll Go and Come Back. Each first grade student in Midland ISD will receive a copy of LaRocca's book to keep!

Book Reading | Monday, October 3 from 5-6pm | Library at the Plaza
Join us for a special storytime and a meet-and-greet event at the library. Listen to the author herself read her work, then ask her questions on how she does it.

Book Signing | Tuesday, October 4 from 4-5:30pm | Centennial Library
Stop by the library to meet the author and get your own copy of I'll Go and Come Back signed!

About rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area, where she practices medicine and writes award-winning books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor winning middle grade novel in verse, Red, White, and Whole. She’s always been an omnivorous reader, and now she is an omnivorous writer of fiction and nonfiction, novels and picture books, prose and poetry. She finds inspiration in her family, her childhood, the natural world, math, science, and just about everywhere she looks. Learn more about Rajani and her books at and Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. She also co-hosts the STEM Women in KidLit Podcast.

Cover Art for I'll Go and Come Back by LaRocca, Rajani
Headshot of author JC Cervantes

JC Cervantes

JC Cervantes, author of the popular The Storm Runner series, will visit fifth grade students of Midland ISD to talk about her middle-grade work.

Book Signing | Wednesday, October 5 from 4-6pm | Centennial Library
Stop by the library to meet the author and get your own copy of her book signed!

About JC Cervantes

J.C. is the New York Times best-selling author of books for children and young adults. Her books have appeared on national lists, including the American Booksellers Association New Voices, Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Reader Books, as well as Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. She has earned multiple awards and recognitions, including the New Mexico Book Award, and the Zia Book Award.

She currently resides in the Land of Enchantment with her family, three spoiled dogs, and a lifetime collection of books. But she keeps part of her heart in Southern California, where she was born and raised. When she isn’t writing she is haunting bookstores and searching for magic in all corners of the world. Her debut Young Adult novel, Flirting with Fate was released in April of 2022.

Cover Art for Lords of Night by Cervantes, JC
Headshot of Rae Ripple in welding mask lifted up

Rae Ripple

Local Big Spring, TX welder and artist Rae Ripple rounds up Project Literacy by speaking to second grade students in Midland ISD about her debut book, her craft, and her life's work. 

Book Signing | Thursday, October 6 from 4-6pm | Library at the Plaza
Join Rae next to her metal work on display at the library, grab her book, and get it signed to take home!


Rae Ripple is a world renowned metal artist, television personality, stunt rider and now author. Her work has been featured in magazines, television shows, and documentary films. Rae has a passion for sparking the younger generation's interest in all the opportunities the trades have to offer.

Cover Art for When I Grow Up by Ripple, Rae