Library Journal has just announced the results of the tenth edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat.
A big congratulation to the following Texas libraries who have earned stars for their services, funding levels & other factors.
Springlake-Earth Community Library
Saint Jo Public Library, Saint Jo, Texas
Fayette Public Library, La Grange, Texas
Electra Public Library, Electra, Texas
Haslet Public Library, Haslet, Texas
Seven Points’ Library, Cedar Creek Lake, Texas
Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library , Rocksprings, Texas
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove, Texas
Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library, Denver City, Texas
Upton County Public Library, McCamey, Texas
Hughes Springs Area Public Library, Hughes Springs, Texas
CTLS members in BOLD.
These CTLS libraries received grants from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation of Columbus, Texas in amounts from $2,115 to $40,000.
Projects funded were computers, collection development, digitization, programming, and a teen area.
We are grateful to the foundation for helping our libraries! If your library received a grant and is not listed below, please contact Laurie at the system office.
Tye Preston – Canyon Lake
Congratulations to the recipient libraries and thank you to the foundation!
The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library hosted a Steampunk Halloween Cosplay and Dance that brought in 90 teens, adults, and kids. They are already making plans for next year!
Did your library have a successful October program? Please share with us!
After a training Katelyn Patterson attended in New Braunfels (which you can read about in our latest newsletter), she dropped by the New Braunfels Public Library. Though they were all busy with multiple SRP programs going on, Director Gretchen Pruett and staff gave a warm welcome and a tour of their lovely library.
We had our Central Texas Performer Showcase last Friday, November 3rd at the Georgetown Public Library. It was a big success! We want to thank all of the librarians and community members that attended. We had over 80 attendees come and see the talent before they hire!
Don’t forget that we have another Showcase event coming up on November 30th at the Rockwall County Library. You can register here to join us at that event!
Laurie Mahaffey attended the Austin Public Library Foundation’s Gala on Friday, October 27th and was able to meet the new Director Roosevelt Weeks.
Many Austinites filled the new building for the Grand Opening. There were performances and activities throughout the day. People were touring the building, lounging and reading, signing up for library cards, and checking out books. Attendees were very excited and proud of their new building.
Teens can be tricky for some libraries. The Lampasas Public Library recently held a Teen Lock-In. For a few hours after closing, teens took over the library, ate pizza, played board games. This would be a great way to engage with teens, show them what the library has to offer, and then ask them to be on your Teen Advisory Board!
Thank you for sharing with us, Lampasas!
The 17th Annual Genealogy Lock-in presented by the Waco-Mclennan County Library will be streamed online on October 20th. The above image was shared with us from the publicity flyer from the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial library in Brenham which will be streaming the event live for their patrons.
Here is the streamed programming schedule for the day.
11:00 – 11:50 am Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929
One in every 25 Americans has a connection to an Orphan Train rider between 1854 & 1929. Over 200,000 children were relocated from the East to the West coast on trains. Texas was a vital part of this history. Research techniques and resources will be demonstrated.
Noon-1:30 pm Beginner’s Guide to Documenting Your Family History
LaToya Devezin, Community Archivist, Austin History Center
Researchers will learn how use resources to create a family tree, record and organize their information, and navigate online and archival records to find their ancestors. Learn a fresh approach and up-to-date information in this first-step Beginner’s class.
1:40 – 2:40 pm Discover Local History through a Regional Depository
Laura Saegert, Assistant Director for Archives, Archives & Information Services Division, TSLAC
The Regional Historical Resources Depository (RHRD) Program of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission collects, preserves and makes available for public use the historical records of the local governments of Texas. The RHRDs house records with genealogical interest, in microfilm but also original paper records. The presentation will introduce you to these wonderful sources of information for your genealogical and historical work.
2:50 – 3:50 pm My Texans during the Republic.
Sharon Farnsworth, Registrar for the Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Learn how to track your generations back to your Ancestors during the Republic of Texas through birth and death certificates, census, and wills. Learn ways to find where your Ancestors lived and their contributions to Texas during the Republic through land grants, military records and other documents.
4:00 – 5:00 pm Connecting Your DNA Matches
Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide
While it is possible for you to analyze your DNA matches one at a time to determine how you are related, there is much that can be accomplished by first identifying the connections between those on your match list, and then working together to determine how you are related. Learn the tips and tricks to this powerful method of match analysis.
5:00-6:00 pm Dinner break
6:00 – 7:00 pm Researching Your Czech Immigrant Ancestor’s Background in the Old Fatherland
Dr. Miroslav Koudelka, Genealogy researcher and guide from the Czech Republic & TCGS charter member
This presentation will cover the strategies and sources (both online & in print) to trace your Moravian or Bohemian ancestry. Explore obstacles in identifying place of origin and tools to overcome them. Learn which documents to research first, and which are the “icing on the cake.” Czech/German/Latin forms names, places, and professions. Following up research with a visit to the ancestral area and meeting relatives? Learn what to know beforehand and what to expect on the spot.
7:10 – 8:10 pm Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
Lisa Louise Cooke, Family History Author, Speaker, & Producer The Genealogy Gems Podcast
Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach and tech tools required to achieve success in locating newspapers, and uncovering the genealogical gems they contain about your family.
8:20 – 9:30 pm Discovering Your WWI Ancestor: Sources & Resources
Earl Pogue, Family Historian & Author
Do you know or suspect that you have a WWI veteran in your family tree? If so, discover what resources are available to identify and provide information about your ancestor that served in the Great War. A variety of resources including draft registration records, service cards, newspapers, vital and cemetery records will be discussed.
From the TSLAC website:
The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017. This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance. Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.
The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/07/deadline-governmental-jurisdictions-and-private-nonprofits-request-0.