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How Are We Doing?

It is time for our annual survey. Please let us how you think we are doing and what workshops you would like to see in the next 12 months. There are 9 questions and it should take about 12 minutes to complete. You can take the survey by visiting this link:

Please complete the survey by Monday, August 31.

Thank you for helping us provide better service!

Bots & Books Programs at the Corpus Christi Public Library

Corpus Christi Public Library is participating in the Bots & Books grant this year. They have been getting great use of the training and equipment provided to them by CTLS through the grant all summer long. They recently shared some wonderful images with us. We love seeing kids and their families at the library building and learning!





Breaking Summer Reading Records in Clifton

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton, TX had record numbers attend their summer reading program this year with 450 attendees attending their eleven programs. They held an art contest for the children to draw their hero in conjunction with the theme Every Hero has a Story.


They were fortunate to have many local heroes give programs this summer.  Care Flite even flew in one of their helicopters for the kids to inspect and ask questions.


What a wonderful success! Thank you for sharing with us!

Houston Puppetry Festival in September




*** Educators and Librarians: Earn 7 Clock Hours! ***

Earn 7 Texas Education Agency Continuing Professional Education Clock Hours

PUPPET WORKSHOPS: Make puppets and learn to use them!

Make Science Puppet Show, Make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Slinky Puppets, Make Five Little Monkeys and the Alligator Puppets, Story Baskets& Boxes & Boards and Make a Mouse Finger Puppet, Top Ten Reasons to Use Puppets in the Classroom, Make City Mouse and Country Mouse Puppets, Hand Puppet Manipulation, Puppets in the Library, Make Five Speckled Frog Puppets on a Log, Make Sock Puppets, Make Overhead Projector Shadow Puppets, Make Cereal Box Puppets, Writing and Literacy Inspired with Shadow Puppets, Grocery Bag Puppets of The Enormous Turnip, Make a Pop-Up Puppet, Make Annansi the Spider Glove Puppet, Puppets in Early Childhood.


PUPPET PARADE: See many types of puppets and ideas!

PUPPET STORE: Buy Puppets and Puppetry Books! (Cash or Checks Only)


Saturday, Sept 19, 2015, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

LOCATION: Cypress Creek Community Center, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379


Includes Lunch and Lots of Fun!

Adults: $65. Youth: $45. Group Rate: Bring 5 staff: get $10 off each!


For Info: call 281-655-5347 or email:

Annual Festival of the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild, Puppeteers of America, Inc.


Annual Houston Puppetry Festival  REGISTRATION FORM
Open to the Public.  Registration includes all activities and lunch.

Adult Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Child Name: __________________________________________________Child Age: ______
Address: ______________________________________________________________________
City : _____________________________________________State: ______ Zip: _____________
Phone: __________________________________ Email: ________________________________

Pre-registration by 9/16/14: Adult $65, Child* $45   Registration at the door: Adult $75, Child* $55
ADULT: $65. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $__________
CHILD: $45 (*4-15 yr.). . . . . . . . . . .$__________ (Paid adult must accompany child under 12)
GUILD MEMBERSHIP: $20 per person. .$__________ (Optional)
I am part of a group of 5 registrants whose names are: ______________________________________________________________________

Subtract $10 from my registration because I came with this group of five festival registrants.

TOTAL ENCLOSED $____________________ Please make check payable to: Greater Houston Puppetry Guild

Mail to the Registrar: Carol Carranza, Puppetry Festival • 12514 Maxim Dr. • Houston, TX 77065
Registrar Phone: 281-890-5210   Registrar Email:

Festival Information: 281-655-5347. Please return this form ASAP and before September 15, 2015.

Fall Membership Meeting in Temple



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Did you catch your breath yet after wrapping up your summer reading programs? Ok, then lets start talking about the fall!

We hope you will join us for our annual Fall Membership Meeting to be held at the Temple Public Library on Friday, September 25th. The morning will be spent on organizational business such as meeting the board candidates and hearing from State Librarian Mark Smith. It is a wonderful opportunity to network and build your professional learning network! Come see old friends and make new connections. Our membership meetings are free and open to all.

We are offering an opportunity for professional development in the afternoon with a Technology Petting Zoo. CTLS has updated the devices in our Technology Collection, which can be borrowed for a Tech Training for your staff or patrons. CTLS staff members will assist you in learning about the features of these devices. Some are updates of items we have had before. Others are brand-new! Test-drive them to see if some would be good purchases for your library. Handle the new items, learn about new things, and share your knowledge with other participants. 2 hours of Continuing Education credit.

The CTLS Board will be meeting during the afternoon workshop. If you wish to attend the workshop in the afternoon then purchase those tickets in addition to the meeting tickets.

For more information and to register

Please contact us with any questions you might have! We hope to see you there!

Best Practices from American’s Best Small Libraries

Best Practices from Best Small Libraries

A free webcast series presented by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Providing exceptional library service on a small library budget and staff size presents special challenges, but also unique opportunities to meet core community needs. In this new webcast series, a combination of live and on-demand presentations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, winners and runners up from a decade of LJ’s Best Small Libraries in America award, plus other rural and small library voices, will share hands-on, real-world tested expertise.

Moderated by Kristi Chadwick, Small Libraries Advisor to the Massachusetts Library System, registration is now open for the initial presentations.

Registration is open for two sessions currently:

Marketing & Outreach for Small Libraries

LIVE: Tuesday, August 25th @ 3pm EDT / Noon PDT

Marketing and outreach are crucial for libraries of all sizes, but doing so on a small library budget and staff size presents unique challenges. How do you get out to community events when there’s no one else to keep the library going while you’re gone? Learn actionable techniques for how to be your own graphic designer, copywriter, and outreach specialist.


  • Karen Lemke, Public Relations Director/Adult Services Librarian, Pine River Library District, CO
  • Patrick Sweeney, Administrative Librarian, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA & 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker


 Funding & Fundraising for Small Libraries

LIVE: Tuesday, September 1st @ 3pm EDT / Noon PDTFor small and rural libraries looking to not only sustain core services but stretch to respond to new community needs, effective fundraising is fundamental. Learn how to navigate the funding landscape to make the most of grants, work with foundations, and tap other sources as well as the bread and butter of advocacy for taxpayer funding and Friends support.SPEAKERS

  • Mary Beth Stenger, Director, Southern Area Library, Lost Creek, WV
  • Cheryl Clay, Trustee, Pine River Library District, CO



  • Data and Assessment for Small Libraries
  • Library Construction and Renovation for Small Libraries
  • Customer Service for Small Libraries
  • Solo Directorship for Small Libraries
  • Technology for Small Libraries
  • Makerspaces & STEM for Small Libraries
  • Delivering Community Value: How to Make Yourself Indispensable for Small Libraries
  • Professional Development for Small Libraries

Valley Native and Author Xavier Garza Brings In Big Numbers in Edinburg

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library hosted author and Valley native Xavier Garza as he presented his book “The Great and Mighty Nikko”.  The event took place on Friday, July 24th and it was very well attended.





Summer Reading Success at the Schulenburg Public Library

The Schulenburg Public Library has had a very successful Summer Reading Program! Their first program brought in Ranger Cindy bringing in over 75 patrons.



John O’Bryant entertained 125 patrons, young and old, with his Comedy Magic!


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Fairfield Public Library Honors Board Members for Their Service

The Fairfield Public Library honored Barbara Crossno, longtime CTLS and Fairfield Board member, and Lee Earl Johnson, longtime Fairfield board member & former CTLS lay representative. Both ladies have now retired from their decades of service. A reception was held in their honor at the Fairfield Public Library with all their sons (6 between them) in attendance.





Cameron Public Library Brings in Record Summer Reading Numbers!



Cameron is on a summertime roll! They had five times the number of kids sign up for the Summer Reading Program than they had last year. The grand reading total for everyone was 79, 061 minutes for a total of 1, 318 hours!



Kim Wise in Cameron telling kids about the SRP.