Keep cool with a tall glass of lemonade and the July CTLS newsletter available here.
UFOs and ETs return to the City of Edinburg at the annual “Out of This World!” Conference & Festival to be held on Aug. 14 & 15, 2015. Our event features the world’s most popular late night radio host George Noory, as well as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Irwin Allen’s classic science fiction television series “Lost in Space,” which premiered in 1965. Sponsored by the City of Edinburg, the Sekula Memorial Library, Edinburg Arts, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Edinburg Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, this year’s festival will again focus on UFOs, science-fiction, and similar “out of this world” topics. The festival features special appearances by COSMO, our resident ET, as well as several top authors and celebrities. Make plans to join us for the free admission “UFO Fiesta” on Friday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, followed on Saturday by an amazing program of multimedia presentations about UFOs and other topics at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. See you there!
Lago Vista Public Library kicked off opening day of their Summer Reading
Changing Lives with Community Partnerships
McAllen Public Library is proudly partnering with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Needymeds to offer patron access to invaluable benefits programs. In partnership with HHSC, MPL has a computer workstation at each of its three locations specifically dedicated to self-service enrollment in Your Texas Benefits. On the Your Texas Benefits website, families and individuals may enroll for SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid, TANF, Medicare savings programs and long-term care benefits.
Needymeds provides a free drug discount card, as well as resources for free and low-cost medical clinics, funding opportunities for medical expenses, medical bill mediation and much more. Both organizations are always looking for additional library partners to support these programs. Contact HHSC and Needymeds directly for more information.
Several of the Harker Heights Public Library part time employees worked with the city’s incredible IT department to make a “Power Up! READ”
This is great video! Check it out. https://youtu.be/G-8R3KQrIQM.
About this time each year we ask our members about what we should do in the next year. This year’s survey is a little different and incorporates what we learned in the recent Harwood Public Innovation Labs provided by the Texas State Library. Instead of simply asking what you want from us, we are instead asking about the people you serve and how their issues affect your library. Our hope is to go beyond support for basic operations and develop programs that support the relevancy of libraries.
The first three questions are about your community because we want to understand the environment in which you work better. The following two questions are about your relationship with your community. The two remaining questions directly aid us with program development. We want to know for which library you are answering so we can look for regional trends. This leads to the last question. As we develop partnerships with other organizations, we are occasionally asked for concrete examples of the needs we describe. We would like to know how much confidentiality you want us to maintain with your response. We anticipate that total time to complete the survey will be 50 minutes, depending on how quickly you write.
The survey questions are listed below for your convenience. Please look through them before answering the survey online. This will help you spend less time on the survey itself. The survey is on SurveyGizmo at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2176967/CTLS-2016-Planning or at http://goo.gl/1ajLHS for short.
May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in!
The Smithville Public Library got some wonderful newspaper coverage of their Spring Break events!
Taylor Public Library patrons were lucky enough to have a big Maker Fair on March 17!
Harker Heights had a big turnout at their Build A Bot event on March 16.
And the Corpus Christi Public Library is working with local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts groups!
Wimberley Village Library‘s Carolyn Manning was featured on television this weekend because her library is serving as a place where people can leave found photos for eventual recovery by their owners. WVL also hosted a photographs workshop with archival professionals from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information to help residents preserve photographs that have been damaged by the floods. We are proud of all of our libraries who are reaching out to serve their communities in this time of crisis.
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