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Waco Hosts Annual Genealogy Lock-In

The Waco-McLennan County Library is doing their annual Genealogy Lock-in later this month. Several other libraries are participating. If your community has lots of “genies” (genealogy researchers), consider joining in the fun!



Star Wars Reads Day, 10.10.15

The 4th Annual Star Wars Reads Day takes place on October 10th. The official Star Wars website has resources for activities and publicity. Brightly also has some great printables and activities. This would be a great time to showcase your BB-8 Sphero robot!

Does your library participate in anyway? Please share with us how you celebrate!

Read you should!

The Maker Corps Grant at Wilson County Public Library

MakerEd is a non-profit organization that supports educators and communities to be able to provide making environments and experiences for youth. Libraries can apply to their grant program called MakerCorps that provides support and training to begin and develop maker programming.

The grant is focused on summer programming for youth. A second goal of the grant is to build organizational capacity.  The application for the 2016 Maker Corps program will open on October 12, 2015 and close on Friday, January 15, 2016.

Nicki Stohr, Library Director of the Wilson County Public Library, was awarded this grant last summer. It allowed them to hire 3 part time summer people for 8 weeks and to provide a quality program that entailed crafts and technology to all ages. They plan to apply for next summer as well, although they plan to create a more traditional makerspace where participants themselves get to choose their craft or technology to explore. Wilson County highly recommend this organization to anyone thinking of creating a makerspace.



Thank You For Another Great Membership Meeting!


We want to thank all of you who make the journey to the Temple Public Library to join us for our Membership Meeting. It is always wonderful seeing everyone and such a great opportunity to share ideas and collaborate.

A special thanks to Mark Smith for addressing us giving updates on TSLAC activities.



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Larry thanking Kim for all of her hard work for CTLS! She will be missed!

Our afternoon workshop was a Tech Petting Zoo where we showcased some of the latest gadgets patrons and libraries are using.

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Katelyn showed off Bots & Books equipment and talked about offering robotics programming to youth patrons.

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Paul showcased several different tablets and ereaders.

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Everyone got to handle all of the devices and ask questions. The best part is that those who had implemented some of these tools were able to give advice to those who were getting started.

Thank you, again, for your membership and attendance!

Westbank Reopens After Renovation

The main library of Westbank has been closed for renovation for several months. But they back and their bookstore is ready for donations! Looks like they have kept great picture documentation of the progress on their blog. Congrats to being open again! It looks lovely.


Hutto Public Library Celebrates Banned Books Week!

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Library Director Paula Waak and her staff made an eye-catching display illustrating Banned Books Week.

This certainly gets the message across! Good work, Paula!

Ribbon Cutting for the Midland County Public Library’s New Bookmobile

Midland County Logo

WHAT: Ribbon cutting of Midland County Public Library’s new Bookmobile

WHEN: Thursday Sept 24

WHERE: Downtown Library
301 W Missouri Ave
Midland, TX 79701

Midland County Bookmobile

DETAILS: Midland County Judge Mike Bradford, County Commissioners, and Library Director John Trischitti III will be joined by representatives from the bookmobile’s proposed stops. A great opportunity for interviews since representatives from the organizations where the bookmobile will be stopping will be on hand to discuss with you how this new library service will impact their ability to fulfill their constituency’s needs.

Initially proposed stops for the bookmobile include:
Casa de Amigos
Boys and Girls Club Taylor Park
Stonegate Manufactured Housing Community
Manor Park
Hispanic Cultural Center

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For more information contact Education and Program Coordinator, Edward McPherson, at (432)742-7438

Literary Event Celebrates Authors at the Llano Library

The Author Extravaganza and Fair will be an all-day free literary event set right in the heart of the Hill Country at the Llano Library in Llano, Texas on Saturday, October 3. Featuring two New York Times Best Selling Authors, six authors scheduled for speaking sessions throughout the day, two Writers’ Workshops, more than twenty-five area authors, and several local organizations providing food and drink sales right on site, this promises to be a wonderful celebration of authors, books, and the love of reading. There will be authors set up inside and outside the library for book signings all day beginning at 11:00 a.m., representing every genre of writing you can imagine.

Visitors can spend the day talking casually with authors, sitting in on the hourly speaking sessions, grabbing a bite to eat from the food vendors, and just making a full day of the book festival until the last writers’ workshop ends at 7:00 p.m. Check the details at and on Facebook at .

Are you a published author looking for a venue to promote your work? The Llano County Library is still accepting authors for the Author Extravaganza and Fair on October 3rd. There is no charge to authors for an outdoor booth space, and the event is free to the public. It’s not too late to add your name to the line-up of authors for this event, contact Tommi at the Llano Library at or go to the Author Fair Info page on the library’s website at .

CTLS Office Closed Friday, September 25th

Just a reminder that the CTLS office will be closed on Friday, September 25th. All staff will be at our Fall Membership Meeting at the Temple Public Library.

Go here for more information or to register to attend the day’s events! We hope to see you there!

Genealogy Roadshow coming to Houston this Fall

From a press release:


Boston MA, Providence RI, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami FL,

Houston TX, Los Angeles CA and Albuquerque, NM

Josh Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, Mary Tedesco, the PBS Network and the show’s producers invite Local & National Genealogy Associations, Vendors and Genealogist to participate in our Genealogy Roadshow.

The Genealogy Roadshow is looking for Local & National Genealogical Associations, Societies, Genealogy Vendors and Local Genealogist to be part of our show by exhibiting your products and services at our events. Come and get your message out to the public! We are offering a free tables and space along with immeasurable exposure!

The Genealogy Roadshow tapings provides you a unique opportunity to expand your database and increase your clientele. Bring with you any products for sale or display books, software, online services, or promotional information.

Season 3 of PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is underway and will premiere nationally in summer of 2016. GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is part detective story, and part emotional journey. After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to each city.

The dates are as follows:

Boston MA – Faneuil Hall – Saturday October 3rd
Providence, RI – Providence Public Library- Sunday October 4th
Ft. Lauderdale / Miami, FL – Location TBD – Sunday November 1st
Houston, TX – Location TDB – Saturday November 21st
Los Angeles, CA – Location TBD – Saturday December 5th
Albuquerque, NM – Location TBD – Saturday December 12th

Please note a commitment is required for each day from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The people staffing the tables may work in shifts. Set up is at 8:00 AM and close at 6:30 PM or until taping is finished. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

For more information please contact Lisa Hope at or call 323-839-6387.