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Register Today to Attend the North Texas Showcase!

Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer for a school, library, museum or community event? Our annual Performer Showcase features some of the best educational and entertaining performers and speakers for children, teens and adults.

Registered today to attend the North Texas Showcase to see the talent before you hire!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Bedford Public Library
2424 Forest Ridge Drive
Bedford, Texas 76021

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Refreshments and registration begin at 8:15 a.m.

 

This year’s Showcase promises to be another wonderful event. There is so much talent that I can’t wait for you to see! Please let us know if you have any questions.

See you at the Showcase!

Register Today to Attend the Central Texas Showcase

Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer for a school, library, museum or community event? Our annual Performer Showcase features some of the best educational and entertaining performers and speakers for children, teens and adults.

Registered today to attend the Central Texas Showcase to see the talent before you hire!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Georgetown Public Library
402 West 8th Street
Georgetown, Texas

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Refreshments and registration begin at 8:15 a.m.

This year’s Showcase promises to be another wonderful event. There is so much talent that I can’t wait for you to see! Please let us know if you have any questions.

See you at the Showcase!

 

September CTLS Board Meeting in New Braunfels

The September meeting of the CTLS Board will be this coming Friday at 10 a.m. at the New Braunfels Public Library.

Agenda:

I. Call to Order

II. Minutes of August meeting

III. Treasurer’s report

IV. Continuing business

V. New business

VI. Board Concerns

VII. Adjourn

Contact Laurie Mahaffey with any questions.

Get Your September Newsletter Here!

Our September newsletter is out and full of great information like our new Youth Services Discussion List; CTLS Membership Meeting registration; an introduction to our newest vendor in our Commercial Partnership Program, CoLibri Book Cover Systems; changes to E-Rate and CIPA over the years; and some of the latest additions to our Professional Collection.

You can view the newsletter here. But if you want this delivered to your inbox once a month, you can sign up here!

Join us at the CTLS Membership Meeting & Bookmobile Showcase!

Greet old friends and make new ones at the annual Fall CTLS Membership Meeting! Meet the candidates for board positions, hear from our State Librarian, and find out what exciting things are happening across the system. We have a special guest speaker this time. All are welcome.

In the afternoon, visit our Bookmobile Showcase! An old idea is new again! Several CTLS libraries will bring their new bookmobiles to show off. Join us from 1:30-3:30 p.m. to tour new and different styles of bookmobiles. Visit with the staff members of Bulverde/Spring Branch, Georgetown, Hutto, and New Braunfels to find out why a bookmobile solved their library outreach issue. Come with questions and take pictures if you wish.

Register here!

When Friday, October 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar

Where Wilson County Library, 1103 4th Street, Floresville, TX 78114 – View Map

Morning Membership Meeting

Registration: 9:30 a.m.
Meeting: 10 a.m.

Guest Speaker: Kyla Hunt, Amigos
Topic: Libraries & the Future

Special Guests:
Mark Smith, State Librarian
Darryl Tocker and Karin Gerstenhaber, Tocker Foundation

Afternoon: Bookmobile Showcase! 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Who should attend:
Library directors
Staff
Volunteers
Library lovers

 

Announcing Additional Showcases

We are so excited to announce that we are taking our Performer Showcase on the road!

In addition to our Annual Showcase at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 4th, we will also be connecting librarians and performers in North Texas at the Bedford Public Library and in South Texas at the McAllen Public Library. Event registration will be sent out soon, but add these dates to your calendars now so you can come and see the talent before you hire!

Is Your Library Ready for the Celestial Event of the Century?

nasa eclipse free solar glasses

See the note below from Paul B. Dusenbery, Director of the Space Science Institute about the eclipse that will take place in August of 2017. If you register your library, they will provide many great resources and will even send you 50 free some solar viewing shades!

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Dear Library Friends,

Are you ready for the celestial event of the century? In just over a year from now (August 21, 2017), the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in 99 years! The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute has recently been awarded a grant for its NASA@ My Library program. Partners include NASA, ALA, The Girl Scouts, SETI, and many other organizations. The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is managed by NCIL. The STAR_Net team wants to work with your library and thousands of others to participate in this national event. Some fortunate libraries will be able to experience a total solar eclipse though every library in the country will observe at least a partial eclipse.

So jump on the eclipse train! Please go to: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/2017-eclipse-registration to register your library. We will, in turn, let you know how to access the following valuable resources:

  • Vetted Multimedia for Programming/Promotion (Images, Video, Animations, Artwork)
  • Media Template Package (Press Release, PSA, Community Letter, Media Alert)
  • Private Eclipse Forum (registered libraries)
  • Inclusion in Special Eclipse Promotions (Social Media, Blogs, Newsletters, etc.)
  • Enrollment in STAR_Net’sEclipse Newsletter

When your eclipse event is planned, you can share your press release, flyer, website link, or like material with us to receive 50 free Solar Shades for your patrons to watch along with us! (shades are available on a first come, first serve basis).

Best wishes,

Paul B. Dusenbery, Director
National Center for Interactive Learning
Space Science Institute
Boulder, Colorado
720.974.5822
www.nc4il.org
www.starnetlibraries.org

West Public Library Storytime

Back in 2009, the West Public Library applid for a Texas Reads Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The application was for a program called When Teens Read and was meant to address the problem of storytime demand with limited staff. The program meant to recruit local teens to provide storytime, not only allowing them to serve more families but empowering their teenagers. Not only did they get the grant, but they also got the TLA Wayne Williams Project of the Year Award the following year. And here we are in 2016 and the program is still going strong!

This year the teens chose friendship for their theme. They can only have half of their teens in attendance during a program because they need space for all of their patrons! And they are noticing a high number of men bringing in children.

What a wonderful project! Thank you for sharing with us!

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Bee Cave SRP Promotional Video

Check out this wonderful SRP promotional video from the Bee Cave Public Library! A junior from a local high school, also a son of one of BCPL employees, put this together. And a wonderful job he did!

HOT off the Press! The August CTLS Newsletter is Here

 

 

Summer is starting to wind down for many of you. And boy, is it hot out there! Kick back and read the latest news in Texas libraries in this months CTLS newsletter. Like what you see? Sign up to get our monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox at the beginning of each month.

Enjoy!