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CTLS Closing for Thanksgiving Holiday

The CTLS Office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27. For the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for your support! Have a safe and happy holiday.

CTLS Performers Showcase A Big Hit!

We had another successful annual Showcase last Friday, November 6th at the Georgetown Public Library (Thanks, y’all!). A big thanks to all of our wonderful performers and exhibitors for coming out and showing their talent. And, of course, thanks to all of our attendees! We hope you had fun and found it beneficial for filling your calendars! Here are just a few of our best moments of the day.

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We had a full house!

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Shadow puppets!

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Bonzo Crunch

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Event superheroes and royalty use the public library… love the Joe McDermott photobomb!

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We shook the entire library with this group drum session!

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All in a day’s work…

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Afternoon snacks!

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Librarians visiting with our exhibitors and making bookings!

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Tesla coil science!

Please take a moment fill out this survey to let us know what you thought. We really do look at your comments to try to make all of our workshops better so please give us feedback! And be sure to check out CTLS Performers List for more information on the wonderful talent!

Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference Presentations Available

Slides from The Association for Rural and Small Libraries 2015 Conference that took place in Little Rock, Arkansas have been made available on the ARSL website.

Do You Large Print?

Do you have a collection of Large Print books? Or maybe you are part of the CTLS Large Print Collection rotation? I wanted to make you aware of a free Booklist webinar called Best Practices for Large Print: Ideas, Resources and Reads coming up on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 1:00 pm (CST) that might be of interest to you! Click through for more information and to register to attend.

Library Journal Announces 2015 Star Libraries

Library Journal has just published their Star Libraries, taking into account four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. To learn more about how these ratings are given, visit the Library Journal Star Libraries page.

Library Journal shares the data compiled to make the ratings. You can find your library’s data here and even get some ideas on how you could use this data here.

We were pleased to see so many Texas libraries on the list, particularly our CTLS member libraries in Honey Grove, Seven Points, Leakey, Prairie Lea, and Valley Mills! Congratulations!


November Newsletter is now available!

Make sure to check out our latest newsletter! Would you like to get all this useful information delivered to your inbox once a month? Then sign up for our newsletter here!

If you have any great news you would like to share with us, we love to include it to brag about our wonderful members! Happy November!


See you at Showcase!

Don’t forget to register for the CTLS Performer Showcase coming up soon this Friday, November 6th at the Georgetown Public Library!

Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer
for a school, library, museum or community event?

Come see the talent before you hire!

CTLS Showcase 2015-2016

Friday, November 6, 2015

Georgetown Public Library

402 West 8th Street

Georgetown, Texas (near Austin


Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments and sign-in, 8:15-8:45 a.m.


Attendee Registration:

Cost is $30 for CTLS member libraries;

$60 for non-members.

Register online

Fees include refreshments; lunch is on your own.


For more information, contact or 512-583-0704 or 800-262-4431.

Check out over 200 entries in the CTLS Performer’s List at

Free TexShare Training Webinars from EBSCOhost and TSLAC

From the TSLAC website:

TexShare libraries, sign up now the latest round of free TexShare database training with EBSCOhost trainer Lisa Jones.  Read about the many training webinars, and link to registration pages below:

Homework Help and School Outreach, With New Ways to Search Using Explora
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 – 2:00pm Central
Get an overview of the key features and functionality of the new Explora interfaces for public libraries. Explore reading level limiters, Primary Source Documents and using the MYEBSCOhost folder as a resource evaluation tool in the first half of the session. The second half of the session is for database administrators and will focus on the important changes available in EBSCO Administration.
Click here to register

Using the Small Business Reference Center
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 – 10:00am Central
Find out more about the Small Business Reference Center. Browse books and articles, and find advice for creating business plans that lead to successful funding. Also learn about the business videos that provide critical information for business owners: interviews, ‘lessons learned’ features, lectures and ‘how to’ videos.
Click here to register

Health Resources – New Year = New You!
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 – 10:00am Central
The new year is around the corner and there are multiple EBSCOhost databases that have helpful health information available for your users to get closer to their goals. Explore Health Source, AHFS and Masterfile where we will use varied search terms to find articles from Shape, Vibrant Life, Better Nutrition, Men’s Health, Fit Pregnancy, Yoga Journal, Psychology Today, Journal on Active Aging and many more. Finding articles to print that will compliment your New Years displays, setting up journal alerts and saving items to folders will also be demonstrated.
Click here to register

Let’s Learn About EBSCO Administration
Thursday January 7, 2016 – 1:00pm Central
Learn more about the customization options within your EBSCOhost resources. Use the new Explora interface and get a detailed overview of the key features and functionality including: setting up your searching defaults, customizing branding; creating customized search boxes; and running usage reports..
Click here to register

Exploring Literary Reference Center
Thursday, January 21, 2016 – 11:00am Central
The unique Literary Reference Center database contains thousands of full-text documents providing users with information and literary criticism on authors and their works from antiquity to present. Bring your questions and suggested search topics and  discover new ways to use these great resources.
Click here to register

EBSCOhost Searching Tips and New Features
Wednesday February 10, 2016 – 11:00am Central
Training for new users or anyone wanting to brush-up on searching skills. Learn basic and advanced searching techniques using a few of the most popular databases. Learn how to use folders, search and journal alerts and more. Don’t forget to bring any questions that you may have about your databases and how to search them within EBSCOhost.
Click here to register

Searching Your Newspaper Collection
Tuesday March 8, 2016 – 1:00pm Central
Local, national and international papers will be searched to find historical and current events during this session. Articles from USA Today, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and more will be found. Advanced searching features will also be covered, including searching full-text and setting up search alerts.
Click here to register

Do it Yourself Home Improvement and Small Engine Repair
Thursday, April 14, 2016 – 10:00am Central
Search within the Home Improvement Reference Center to find full-text content from leading home improvement magazines. Explore images not found anywhere else online and videos of popular home repair projects. Topics covered include remodeling, electrical work, plumbing, wood projects and more. Also, learn about the Small Engine Reference Center, which holds user-friendly repair guides for all types of small engines. Learn how to find reference books, photos, illustrations and diagrams by searching product type, brand, model/engine type model numbers and more.
Click here to register

Summer Craft Ideas with Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 12:00 Noon, Central
Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Learn about this database, which provides full text from leading hobby and craft magazines covering the topics of gardening, needlecrafts, scrapbooking, collecting and much more. Don’t forget to bring your questions and suggested search topics!
Click here to register

Questions about the webinars?  Contact Lisa Jones at  Want more information on TexShare in general?  Contact State Library staff at or call (512) 463-5465.


November is Picture Book Month!

Picture Book Month is an initiative to celebrate the wonders picture books offer! Every day in November their website will have a new post from a picture book champion on why they think picture books are important. Here is the calendar for November 2015:

Their site has lots of resources such as a curriculum, suggested ways of celebrating, activities from specific authors, and printables like posters and shelftalkers.

I love free resources and extra ways we can encourage families to read together! How could you use these resources at your library?

Taylor Public Library Staff Ready for Halloween!

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For the last Storytime before Halloween the Taylor Public Library encouraged the children to dress up, but staff lead by example.  Their staff assembled their costumes around a selected book.  For more, please see the Library’s Facebook page.

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!