April Newsletter is Available!

T.S. Eliot told us that “April is the cruellest month”… but he clearly wasn’t getting the CTLS newsletter! Check out all the exciting news coming out of Texas libraries! Oh, and happy National Poetry Month!

CTLS Office Closed for TLA Conference

The CTLS office will be closed from Tuesday, April 8 through Friday April 11. The staff will be attending the annual Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio. We will be checking e-mail as we have time.

CTLS is sharing a booth with the Tocker Foundation. We’re in Booth #2341. If you are at the conference and visiting the exhibits, please stop by to say hello!

Honey Grove Library Receives Many Accolades

The Bertha Voyer Memorial Library in Honey Grove, TX have recently received several exciting awards: Finalist for the Best Small Library in America for 2014 (awarded at PLA), Ebsco’s Excellence in Small/Rural Public Library Service Award

(that will be awarded at ALA) and a YALSA Teen Week Grant for our Robotics.  They have also been named Finalist for the National Medal of Honor from IMLS and Library Director Pattie Mayfield was selected as this year’s SCLRT Librarian of the Year for TLA. What fantastic achievements! Congratulations!

KLRU/PBS Kids Writers Contest Needs Judges

KLRU/ PBS is having a Kids Writers contest and they are looking for judges. KLRU is once again asking for help in judging these entries done by children from K through 3rd grade. The judging though has changed. All illustrated stories will be online so each judge will be able to do the judging at whatever time of day is most convenient for them.

Please consider being a judge for this contest this year.

The deadline for children to submit their story is April 7th. Judging will start Monday, April 21st or earlier if KLRU is able to get all the stories scanned and uploaded to the site. The volunteers will be able to judge from their computers and will have two weeks, (through May 5th) to complete their judging. They will have a rubric and instructions to guide them.

The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a local-national contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in kindergarten through third grade will be encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to KLRU, which will then select winners and award prizes in May 2014. The KLRU-TV first place grade level winners will be entered into the national level of the Contest, where a renowned panel of judges select the national winners. Winners will be announced and national prizes will be awarded in June 2014. All children who enter the contest will have their story published on this web page to share with family and friends.

More information about the contest can be found at: http://www.klru.org/education/pbs-kids-writers-contest-2014/

If you would like to be a judge for this contest, please contact Mary Alice Appleman, Assistant Director of Educational Services for KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Phone: 512-475-9051 / e-mail: maappleman@klru.org

LIS Student Summit at TLA

Calling all new librarians and LIS students!! Learn about career development, job searching and interviewing skills, networking, and the importance of professional association activity. Find out all about the Texas Library Association and how it enhances your career.

When: Tuesday, April 8 from  8 am-12 Noon
Where: TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas
Attendees:  Library staff members, LIS students, recent graduates, or new library and information science professionals

Cost: Free of Charge – Complete the TLA Conference registration form and register for the Diversity Summit.  Use this link to register online at https://secure.txla.org/secure/forms/mtgmenu.asp
Speakers are:

Building Your Career – The Intersection of Networking and Interviewing
Mary Beth (Luscinskas) Harrington, 501( c)3 -Taking Nonprofits to the Third Power (Dallas)

Building Your Career – Know the Organizational Culture
Julius Jefferson, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.)

Building Your Career – Connect to the Right Job
Michelle Lucero, LAC Group (Los Angeles, CA)

Building Your Career – Starting Your Path to Leadership
Maureen Sullivan, Maureen Sullivan and Associates (Washington, D.C.)

Don’t forget to complete the TLA Conference registration form and register for the Diversity Summit.  Use this link to register online at https://secure.txla.org/secure/forms/mtgmenu.asp

It’s time to BUILD the Career that you want!!!!!

Kingsland Library's Armadillo Tea

The Kingsland Library, a branch of the Llano County Library System, is holding an Armadillo Tea on Saturday, March 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Two Rivers Room at the Kingsland Library, 125 w. Polk Street in Kingsland. Tickets are $15.

What is an Armadillo Tea? “Celebrating Southern women, their culture, contributions, and history…an afternoon tea with storyteller Donna Ingham and a Southern, ‘Steel Magnolias’ twist”

Enjoy delicious southern-brewed iced teas, delicate tea-time hors d’oeuvres, and Red Velvet Armadillo Cake! Call 325-388-3170 for more information. Dust off that hat, get out your gloves, and sashay on over!

Literacy Night at Carver Branch Library

Thanks to a grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, two Austin Public Library branches and two Austin Independent School District elementary schools have cooperated this year on a grant entitled “Connect4Literacy”. One of the activities was  “Literacy Night” at the Carver Branch Library of the Austin Public Library. Librarians expected about 50 people; 150 showed up! What a great evening!

Mardi Gras at the Lago Vista Library

Little Reader Mardi GrasAt the Lago Vista Library, Mardi Gras is one of the favorite holidays! Staff members put on beads and decorated the library, including the statue of the Little Reader! Library Director Jan Steele plans to include food next time. We hope to be invited for gumbo, king cake, and zydeco music.

Denise, Louise, Jan 2014

Pat Tuohy is Retiring

After 32 years with CTLS and a professional library career spanning almost four decades, CTLS Executive Director Pat Tuohy is retiring at the end of March 2014. A reception in her honor will be at the Georgetown Public Library (Hewlett Room, second floor)  on Thursday, March 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. Please join us! Refreshments will be served. Talk to Laurie if you have questions: 512-583-0704.

TMLDA Achievement of Excellence Awards

Belton TMLDA awardThree CTLS member libraries whose cities are part of the Texas Municipal League  received the Texas Municipal Library Directors’ Association Achievement of Excellence Award for 2013. The libraries are:  the Lena Armstrong Library (Belton: director Kim Kroll pictured above on the right), the Cedar Park  Public Library (Cedar Park), and the Temple Public Library (Temple). Congratulations!