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Elvis Lives!

The Schulenburg Public Library Friends present The King Lives! Saturday, May 23 at Sengelmann Hall in downtown Schulenburg (across the street from the railroad tracks and west of Hwy 77 – south of Interstate 10). Doors open at 6 pm. Elvis will be preceded by Marilyn Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. Contact the library for more information: 979-743-3345. Sengelmann Hall is a historic restored dance hall that also serves delicious food. The evening will conclude with Kraig Parker and his 4-piece tribute band at 10 p.m.


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National Library Week in McAllen

The staff from the McAllen Public Library Main, Palm View and Lark locations posed this question to staff and patrons, “What unlimited possibilities do the McAllen Public Libraries provide for you?” The video was produced by Danica Salazar, Teen Assistant, and members of the Teen Theatre Club. The final product can be viewed at


‘Bots and Books Update

‘Bots and Books

March has been a busy time for ‘Bots and Books participating libraries. Many did kick off camps and teasers for their summer reading programs during Spring Break. Thank you to all the libraries who are sharing their stories, lessons learned, and pictTaylor Makers Fair March 17 (7)ures with us!

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April Newsletter Here!

In this edition:

CTLS members presenting at this year’s Texas Library Association Annual Conference.

The Libri Foundation grant

Makerspaces Webinar

Free Training: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

“Bots and Books Update

Making Early Literacy Fun with the Play Read Grow Program! By Kathleen Houlihan

Programs, events, updates from our member libraries.

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Presenters at the Texas Library Association Conference




We have a number of CTLS members presenting at TLA. We are so proud of everyone who is contributing valuable information to help other librarians better serve their communities. Sorry if we missed anyone. Let us know if anyone from your library is a presenter.

Amy Mullins, Austin – E-Resource Management

Bethni King, Georgetown – Maverick Con

Bette McDowell, Pflugerville – Nuts and Bolts of Adult Programming

Brenda Branch, John Gillum and Toni Lambert, Austin—Austin’s Library of the Future

Catherine Ward-Crixell, New Braunfels – STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

Cesar Garza, Austin – Social Media and Marketing

Christina Hicks, Friendswood – Teens and Tweens Programming

Cindy Beno, Austin – The Benefits of e-Books

Cynthia Oser, College Station – Teen Ambassadors @ the Library

Devo Carpenter and Kathleen Houlihan, Austin – Every Child Ready to Read

Eric Lashley, Georgetown—In Sync with Your Community

Jane Dance and Amy German – The Tween/Teen Librarian Team

Jane Dance, Round Rock – STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

Jean Meadows, Corpus Christi – STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

Jennifer Bigheart, Westbank – Radical RA

Joshua Romero, Corpus Christi – STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

Julie Todaro, Austin Community College – Libraries and South-by-Southwest and Librarians United

Kanya Lyons, Austin – Marketing 101 for Libraries

Karen Ellis, Taylor – Apps and e-Books in Storytime and Instruction

Kate Horan, McAllen – Nuts and Bolts of Improving Efficiency in Public Libraries

Katelyn Patterson, CTLS – Social Media and Marketing

Kim Lehman, CTLS — Storytelling 101 and Then Some

Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights – Promoting Arts Programming in the Library

Maria Redburn, Bedford – Nuts and Bolts of Improving Efficiency in Public Libraries

Martin Shulpa, Baytown – Success with Multiple e-Content Vendors

Mary Ann Williams, Westbank – Sync Up!

Michelle Beebower, Austin – Teens and Tweens Programming

Mindy Reed, Austin – One Book, One Conference

Susan Chandler, Columbus – Nuts and Bolts of Adult Programming

Tim Stanley, Austin – Advanced Fundraising for Libraries and Foundations

Toni Lambert, Austin – Things Every New Librarians Should Know to Get Hired

Hewitt Library Ground Breaking

The Hewitt Public Library broke ground on Wednesday, March 18 for their new library and city hall. Despite the rain and cold, the crowd was enthusiastic. The story time kids in their specially decorated plastic hard hats made a cute sight as they dug into their own pile of dirt for the ground breaking. Library Director Waynette Ditto, her staff and Friends are very excited about the new building! For more photos, go to

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Harker Heights Library strikes again. This time they “seussified” the children’s area in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Kids performed at an open mic, played with Legos and other gears to make a puppet, and loads of other fun-filled activities. They did a variety of STEM activities for different ages. Even the Dr. Seuss juice was a science project! Basically the juice with higher sugar content will go to the bottom. They used Blue Powerade, Yellow Lemonade, and Red Sugar Free Powerade to get the effect.

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Teacher and Student Reunite

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Former UT English Professor Carolyn Osborn and one of her students from a
long time ago, Laurie Mahaffey, re-connected at the North Shore Book
Festival in Lago Vista last month.
Mrs. Osborn graciously signed several of her books for a very delighted
former student.

February Newsletter is Here!

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2015 February Newsletter

Library News: Lockhart grand re-opening
STEM Hands-On Exhibit Opportunity
Technology Workshops
‘Bots and Books Updates
SRP Ideas
Shoppers Corner: CCI Solutions
Exhibit: Discover Exoplanets
What’s Happening

Lockhart Celebrates

The Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, the oldest continuously operating public library in Texas, held its grand re-opening on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

The library expanded into the first floor of the 1890 Masonic Lodge next door several years ago; this project marks the completion of the renovation of the second and third floors of the Masonic Lodge. The library now has a computer lab, a Teen Room, and a large meeting room, which will also be used as the city council chambers.

Congratulations to Library Director Bertha Martinez and her staff! In attendance were State Librarian Mark Smith, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey, and former CTLS TANG consultant Holly Gordon and her husband, Jim Moreno.

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