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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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Authors Day

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Presidents’ Day Holiday Closing

The CTLS office will be closed on Monday, February 16 for the Presidents’ Day holiday.

MLK Holiday Closing

The CTLS office will be closed on Monday, January 19 for the MLK Jr. holiday.


Weather prompts rescheduling of Friday workshop

The Summer Reading Program Workshop scheduled for Friday, January 9 at the Elgin Public Library has been rescheduled to Friday, January 23. Same time, everything else is the same.

Stay safe and warm!

The CTLS Staff


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In this issue:

  • Membership Renewals
  • CTLS’ Annual Giving Campaign has received over 75% of its goal so far!
  • Fundraisers: Christmas Ornaments and a Fundraising Challenge
  • ‘Bots and Books
  • Upcoming Technology Workshops
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Sewing Machines in the Library
  • What Other Member Libraries are Doing: Programs for Seniors, Iced in Party…

Iced In Party

“Elsa” (volunteer Sheridan) and “Anna” (volunteer Shawnee) visited the
Stewart C. Meyer Harker  Heights Public Library for the “Iced In Party!”
Over 300 people came out on a school night to enjoy Winter stories, songs,
crafts, facepainting, food, and more! So many kids came in costume! We had
little girls crying in joy over meeting these characters which are now the
stars of so many books. Every “Frozen” related title that we own is checked
out!harker heights

Robot Christmas Party in Diboll

diboll party

YAK Fest 2015 (Young Adult Keller Book Festival)

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YAK Fest 2015 (Young Adult Keller Book Festival)

What: YAK Fest 2015 – Young Adult Keller Book Festival
When: Saturday, January 24th, 2015; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Keller Central High School; 9450 Ray White Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76244
(North Fort Worth/Alliance area)

Why: To celebrate teens and the literature they love to read and to connect teens with award-winning young adult authors in an entertaining and non-academic setting.

Cost: Free and no need to pre-register…just show up. Did I say FREE?!!
Keynote Speaker: Barry Lyga
Featured Authors: Matt De la Pena & Choctaw StorytellerTim Tingle
Some other amazing authors at YAK Fest are Charles Benoit, Rachel Caine, Janie Chodosh, Lindsay Cummings, Beth Fehlbaum, T. M. Goeglein, Kay Honeyman, Antony John, Christine Kohler, Jeramey Kraatz, Kelsey Macke, Michelle Madow, Julie Murphy, & more!
Poetry Workshop with Colin Gilbert and Writing Workshop with Jenny Martin
Go to the links below for more info:
SOCIAL MEDIA: twitter / facebook / website   #YAKFest15
Remember that YAK Fest is free but bring money to purchase books, t-shirts, food & drinks.
Contact Janet Adams<>  if you would like posters or flyers sent in a separate e-mail or if you have questions.