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August Board Meeting this Friday, August 18, 2017

The August meeting of the CTLS Board will be this Friday, 8-18-2017, at the office of Mission Capital (a non-profit service organization), 8303 North MoPac Expressway, Suite A201, Austin, Texas.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and will end when all business has been conducted.

Agenda:

I. Call to Order

II. Minutes of July meeting

III. Treasurer’s report

IV. Continuing business

V. New business

VI. Board Concerns

VII. Adjourn

For further information, please contact the CTLS office.

Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries Has Been Updated

Earlier this year, ALA updated their advocacy tool Quotable Facts about America’s Libraries with new information and research.

 

For instance, you had probably heard before that there are more public libraries, including branches, than McDonald’s in the United States. But did you know that there are also more public libraries than Starbucks? Also, there were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, which is more than all Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association games combined! Now those are some impressive facts!

You can purchase the pocket-sized fold out cards by emailing advocacy@ala.org, or you can download them in English and Spanish here. There is also an annotated version here so we can cite our sources.

2D and 3D Pinhole Projectors for Safely Viewing the Eclipse

Do you have a 3D printer at your library? NASA has shared the .STL file for a pinhole projector in the shape of Texas! Even if you don’t have a 3D printer, that website also has PDFs for making them out of card stock and other inexpensive ideas for safely viewing the eclipse.

Please email us and tell us how you plan to celebrate the eclipse at your library! Get more tips like this in our upcoming monthly newsletter. You can sign up here!

Literacy Texas Conference Coming Up

 

The annual Literacy Texas Conference is coming up at the end of the month in San Marcos and is one of the best resources for both adult literacy and 9-12 grade home schooling. Please consider attending if your library provides services directed toward these groups. For more information and to register to attend, please visit their website.

A Visit to the New Braunfels Public Library

One of my favorite parts of my job is being on the road and visiting some amazing Texas public libraries. I recently attended a training on youth mental health (which you can read about in our latest newsletter) in New Braunfels. Like I always do when I travel, I stopped by the library. Though they were very busy with multiple SRP programs happening, Director Gretchen Pruett and staff gave me a warm welcome, a tour of their lovely library, and a chance to hold a wallaby that was there for a program! I want to thank them for their hospitality and congratulate them on what looks to be a successful summer. What a wonderful resource they are to the City of New Braunfels!

Katelyn Patterson

 

Beautiful Texas sky next to their wonderful bookmobile!

The teen area was busy, colorful, and definitely a cool place to hang.

The children’s area is so lovely. It is very bright and fresh, highlighting flora and fauna of Texas and the Comal River.

And finally me… with a wallaby!

July Newsletter is Here

Make sure to check out our July newsletter filled with the latest news in Texas libraries! If you aren’t signed up to get our monthly newsletter, you can do so here. Have a safe July 4th!

Maker Fest Success in Victoria

The Victoria Public Library held their 2nd annual Maker Fest recently and it was a big success! They had something for everyone with stations showing everything from robotics to paper marbling to 3D pens to quilt making. Here are just a few of the stations they had available.

Victoria Public Library has been a past participating library involved in the CTLS Bots & Books grant.
They showcase some of their Lego Robotics kits at their Maker Fest.

Children working with a 3D pen.

Busy Summer in Clifton

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton is enjoying great turn out at their summer reading program events and are on pace for a record setting year for turnout! Just a couple of some of their successful programs have been Steve Alcorn who is a retired history teacher and Civil War reenactor and Kayler Campbell and her cow, Katie Bell.

Thanks for sharing with us and congrats on those numbers! Please share with us what your library is up to this summer!

 

Art.Reach Programming for Adults

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg is offering Adult Art.Reach Classes.  Below is a picture of one of the classes with their finished art projects! Such a wonderful way to get adults creating at the library… and we can appreciate the play on the word outreach. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

 

Victoria Public Library Maker Fest This Weekend!

If you are near Victoria this weekend, consider visiting the library for their second annual Maker Fest! Thanks to Katherine Henley for this announcement.