Friends of Hillsboro City Library Hosting George Boutwell

Friends of Hillsboro City Library Hosting George Boutwell


The Friends of Hillsboro City Library will welcome Central Texas Artist & Author George Boutwell for a noonday luncheon on Tuesday, September 9.  It will be held at Historic City Hall, 127 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro.  Boutwell will be discussing his book, Texas in My Windshield, which is an autobiography from over 40 years of exploring Texas and over 2,000 art shows. Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased by contacting the library at 254-582-7385, emailing or visiting the library at 118 South Waco Street.  Copies of Mr. Boutwell’s artwork, as well as his book, will be available for purchase at the luncheon.  The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, September 5.  No tickets will be sold at the door.



TDS14: Libraries @ the Center


TDS14: Libraries @ the Center

Now in its 5th year, The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center virtual conference will focus the attention of library professionals on libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll examine how libraries drive change like no other institution, reaching classrooms and communities around the globe, and will provide actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces, including:

How can libraries adapt and adopt emerging technologies and tools, new ways of learning, and the evolving publishing ecosystem?

How will libraries continue to be at the center of their communities?

Libraries @ the Center brings a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, complete with:

  • Interactive Exhibit Hall: learn about the latest products and innovations from leading technology vendors and publishers
  • The Librarians’ Lounge: network with library professionals from across the globe
  • Virtual Tote Bag: Download all of the presentations, handouts, and promotional information you want

Registration for the virtual conference is FREE and includes 3 months of access to the event archives, on-demand, including all presentations, information and handouts from the show, so sign up today!


All information from The Digital Shift website. For more information or to register, go here.

Welcome to the CTLS team, Kathy!

Kathy profile


CTLS is delighted to welcome Kathy Thaler to our staff! Kathy began working for us on July 21 and is the new Assistant Executive Director. She will be responsible for the Connect4 Literacy grant in the coming fiscal year.


Kathy is a lifelong Texan who lives in Elgin and grew up in Arlington. She has been an avid library user since childhood.  Her library work experience began with student jobs and has since included both small and large libraries, and school libraries. Kathy is a UT graduate and has Texas Teacher Certification, as well.


Her career has encompassed work with the Texas State Library, Austin Public Library, and small community libraries, as well as serving several years as a board member of the Elgin Public Library.  Her most recent position was as a campus librarian with Elgin public schools. While at Austin Public Library, Kathy was the assistant manager of the Data Systems department. She likes to read everything and loves children’s literature. Welcome to the CTLS team, Kathy!


Herman Brown Library to Host Book Tour Launch and Author Signing

A local book club and the Herman Brown Library will be joining forces to host a book tour launch and author signing on August 19th with Lisa Wingate. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations required! For more information, contact the Herman Brown Library in Burnet, TX at 512-715-5228.

Burnet Book Club Event


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The August newsletter is now available! We hope you stay cool and informed of all of the latest goings-on in Texas libraries. Enjoy!

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Library Journal Lead the Change Workshop in Houston, October 23, 2014

Lead the Change Texas/October 23, 2014 (Leadership Program)

Lead the Change! What Great Library Leaders Know and Do is an interactive workshop that guides attendees through a series of collaborative exercises that will help you harness your ideas, clarify your goals, and create a personal leadership plan.

As a participant, you will receive an action planner, and work both individually and in groups during reflection and discussion periods to build a framework for innovation and change. Throughout the day, David Bendekovic, program developer, and his co-facilitators, including recent LJ Librarians of the Year and Movers and Shakers, provide insights, best practices and leadership tools that will help you tap into personal leadership qualities to transform your career, your library and your community, no matter what your stage of career.

Lead the Change Texas/ October 23 (Leadership Program) 
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney, Houston
Houston, Texas 77002

Cost is $80

For more information, please visit their website:

Wizardry at Central Texas College

The Central Texas College has some Harry Potter fun planned at the 2014 Geefest like Quidditch Matches and a Yule Ball. The Harker Heights Public Library is involved and is extending an invitation to any others who wish to be. For more information, please visit the Geekfest website.
Hogwarts Yule Ball.

CTLS Now Hiring for ‘Bots and Books Grant

CTLS is hiring! We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our team and train librarians who will be presenting the ‘Bots and Books program in their libraries. Please view the job description for more information. This is a one-year, part-time position. Please send filled out application and resume to:

Laurie Mahaffey, Executive Director
CTLS, Inc.
5555 North Lamar Blvd., Suite L-115
Austin,Texas 78751


Deadline for applications is August 8, 2014.

2014 Performers' Showcase... See the talent before you hire!

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We listened to you!

Please note that the Showcase is one month earlier this year.


Performers’ Showcase
Friday, November 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Georgetown Public Library
402 West 8th Street
Georgetown, Texas


Take time to SEE the performers and speakers BEFORE you hire them.  Visit the exhibits.  Learn how to get money to pay for performers.  Win door prizes!  Everyone in your community who books entertainment or educational presentations is invited to attend.  



$30 – CTLS members

$60 – Non-members

Fees include refreshments; lunch is on your own.

Go to or click here.

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

 September 26, 2015

1:00—3:30 pm

Kyle Public Library
550 Scott Street
Kyle, Texas 78640


Rose Aleta Laurell, recently retired from directing the Bell/Whittington Library in Portland, brought technology to all ages of library patrons in the libraries where she has worked. Join us for a 4-part talk on technology in the library for varying ages of patrons: AWE stations for the little ones, Seniors in Cyberspace, E-books, and technology for teens. Bring your questions and share your experiences in this fast-paced discussion.



Go to or Click here.

Questions? Call CTLS at 800- 262-4431.