Join us for our Summer Reading Program Workshop series in January!

I hope you will join us for our annual Summer Reading Program workshop series being held in January!
Spark your creativity and get great ideas to make your summer programs a success. CTLS favorite Kim Lehman will be sharing activities from the CSLP manual “Libraries Rock!” and additional ideas for all age groups, with an emphasis on elementary ages. In the afternoon we will set aside some time for participant sharing. Bring your ideas!
You can register for the workshop closest to you using the links below.

Friday, January 5th in North Richland Hills

Thursday, January 18th in San Marcos

Monday, January 22nd in Edinburg

Friday, January 26th in Livingston

Please let us know if you have any issues getting registered or if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Texas Libraries in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service

Library Journal has just announced the results of the tenth edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat.

A big congratulation to the following Texas libraries who have earned stars for their services, funding levels & other factors.

Springlake-Earth Community Library
Saint Jo Public Library, Saint Jo, Texas
Fayette Public Library, La Grange, Texas
Electra Public Library, Electra, Texas
Haslet Public Library, Haslet, Texas
Seven Points’ Library, Cedar Creek Lake, Texas
Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library , Rocksprings, Texas
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove, Texas
Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library, Denver City, Texas
Upton County Public Library, McCamey, Texas
Hughes Springs Area Public Library, Hughes Springs, Texas

CTLS members in BOLD.

Hancher Library Foundation Grant Recipients

These CTLS libraries received grants from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation of Columbus, Texas in amounts from $2,115 to $40,000.

Projects funded were computers, collection development, digitization, programming, and a teen area.

We are grateful to the foundation for helping our libraries! If your library received a grant and is not listed below, please contact Laurie at the system office.

Tye Preston – Canyon Lake
Cuero
Dilley
Dripping Springs
Hallettsville
Jonestown
Port Aransas
Port O’Connor
Round Top

Congratulations to the recipient libraries and thank you to the foundation!

Thanks for another wonderful Central Texas Performer Showcase!

We had our Central Texas Performer Showcase last Friday, November 3rd at the Georgetown Public Library. It was a big success! We want to thank all of the librarians and community members that attended. We had over 80 attendees come and see the talent before they hire!

We also want to thank all of the performers and exhibitors that spent the day with us. A wonderful variety of talent was on display.

Don’t forget that we have another Showcase event coming up on November 30th at the Rockwall County Library. You can register here to join us at that event!

Austin Public Library Opens New Central Library

Laurie Mahaffey attended the Austin Public Library Foundation’s Gala on Friday, October 27th and was able to meet the new Director Roosevelt Weeks.

Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks and Mrs. Weeks at the Grand Opening Gala for the new Austin Public Library. CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey is shown with Mr. & Mrs. Weeks.

Youth Services Coordinator Katelyn Patterson volunteered at the Grand Opening event that took place on Saturday, October 29th.

Quiet reading room.

Many Austinites filled the new building for the Grand Opening. There were performances and activities throughout the day. People were touring the building, lounging and reading, signing up for library cards, and checking out books. Attendees were very excited and proud of their new building.

Teen Lock-In in Lampasas

Teens can be tricky for some libraries. The Lampasas Public Library recently held a Teen Lock-In. For a few hours after closing, teens took over the library, ate pizza, played board games. This would be a great way to engage with teens, show them what the library has to offer, and then ask them to be on your Teen Advisory Board!

Thank you for sharing with us, Lampasas!

17th Annual Genealogy Lock-In Virtual Event on October 20th

The 17th Annual Genealogy Lock-in presented by the Waco-Mclennan County Library will be streamed online on October 20th. The above image was shared with us from the publicity flyer from the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial library in Brenham which will be streaming the event live for their patrons.

Here is the streamed programming schedule for the day.

11:00 – 11:50 am Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929

Paula Perkins

One in every 25 Americans has a connection to an Orphan Train rider between 1854 & 1929. Over 200,000 children were relocated from the East to the West coast on trains. Texas was a vital part of this history. Research techniques and resources will be demonstrated.

Noon-1:30 pm Beginner’s Guide to Documenting Your Family History

LaToya Devezin, Community Archivist, Austin History Center

Researchers will learn how use resources to create a family tree, record and organize their information, and navigate online and archival records to find their ancestors.  Learn a fresh approach and up-to-date information in this first-step Beginner’s class.

1:40 – 2:40 pm    Discover Local History through a Regional Depository

Laura Saegert, Assistant Director for Archives, Archives & Information Services Division, TSLAC

The Regional Historical Resources Depository (RHRD) Program of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission collects, preserves and makes available for public use the historical records of the local governments of Texas. The RHRDs house records with genealogical interest, in microfilm but also original paper records. The presentation will introduce you to these wonderful sources of information for your genealogical and historical work.

2:50 – 3:50 pm    My Texans during the Republic.

Sharon Farnsworth, Registrar for the Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas

Learn how to track your generations back to your Ancestors during the Republic of Texas through birth and death certificates, census, and wills.  Learn ways to find where your Ancestors lived and their contributions to Texas during the Republic through land grants, military records and other documents.

4:00 – 5:00 pm    Connecting Your DNA Matches

Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide

While it is possible for you to analyze your DNA matches one at a time to determine how you are related, there is much that can be accomplished by first identifying the connections between those on your match list, and then working together to determine how you are related. Learn the tips and tricks to this powerful method of match analysis.

5:00-6:00 pm Dinner break

6:00 –  7:00 pm   Researching Your Czech Immigrant Ancestor’s Background in the Old Fatherland

Dr. Miroslav Koudelka, Genealogy researcher and guide from the Czech Republic & TCGS charter member

This presentation will cover the strategies and sources (both online & in print) to trace your Moravian or Bohemian ancestry. Explore obstacles in identifying place of origin and tools to overcome them. Learn which documents to research first, and which are the “icing on the cake.” Czech/German/Latin forms names, places, and professions. Following up research with a visit to the ancestral area and meeting relatives? Learn what to know beforehand and what to expect on the spot.

7:10 – 8:10 pm    Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers

Lisa Louise Cooke, Family History Author, Speaker, & Producer The Genealogy Gems Podcast

Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach and tech tools required to achieve success in locating newspapers, and uncovering the genealogical gems they contain about your family.

8:20 –  9:30 pm   Discovering Your WWI Ancestor: Sources & Resources

Earl Pogue, Family Historian & Author

Do you know or suspect that you have a WWI veteran in your family tree?  If so, discover what resources are available to identify and provide information about your ancestor that served in the Great War.  A variety of resources including draft registration records, service cards, newspapers, vital and cemetery records will be discussed.

FEMA Request for Public Assistance Deadline is October 31st

From the TSLAC website:

The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017. This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance. Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.

The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/07/deadline-governmental-jurisdictions-and-private-nonprofits-request-0.

Questions? Contact lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov or angela.rayne@fema.dhs.gov.

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