Announcing Additional Showcases

We are so excited to announce that we are taking our Performer Showcase on the road!

In addition to our Annual Showcase at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 4th, we will also be connecting librarians and performers in North Texas at the Bedford Public Library and in South Texas at the McAllen Public Library. Event registration will be sent out soon, but add these dates to your calendars now so you can come and see the talent before you hire!

Is Your Library Ready for the Celestial Event of the Century?

nasa eclipse free solar glasses

See the note below from Paul B. Dusenbery, Director of the Space Science Institute about the eclipse that will take place in August of 2017. If you register your library, they will provide many great resources and will even send you 50 free some solar viewing shades!


Dear Library Friends,

Are you ready for the celestial event of the century? In just over a year from now (August 21, 2017), the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in 99 years! The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute has recently been awarded a grant for its NASA@ My Library program. Partners include NASA, ALA, The Girl Scouts, SETI, and many other organizations. The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is managed by NCIL. The STAR_Net team wants to work with your library and thousands of others to participate in this national event. Some fortunate libraries will be able to experience a total solar eclipse though every library in the country will observe at least a partial eclipse.

So jump on the eclipse train! Please go to: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/2017-eclipse-registration to register your library. We will, in turn, let you know how to access the following valuable resources:

  • Vetted Multimedia for Programming/Promotion (Images, Video, Animations, Artwork)
  • Media Template Package (Press Release, PSA, Community Letter, Media Alert)
  • Private Eclipse Forum (registered libraries)
  • Inclusion in Special Eclipse Promotions (Social Media, Blogs, Newsletters, etc.)
  • Enrollment in STAR_Net’sEclipse Newsletter

When your eclipse event is planned, you can share your press release, flyer, website link, or like material with us to receive 50 free Solar Shades for your patrons to watch along with us! (shades are available on a first come, first serve basis).

Best wishes,

Paul B. Dusenbery, Director
National Center for Interactive Learning
Space Science Institute
Boulder, Colorado

West Public Library Storytime

Back in 2009, the West Public Library applid for a Texas Reads Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The application was for a program called When Teens Read and was meant to address the problem of storytime demand with limited staff. The program meant to recruit local teens to provide storytime, not only allowing them to serve more families but empowering their teenagers. Not only did they get the grant, but they also got the TLA Wayne Williams Project of the Year Award the following year. And here we are in 2016 and the program is still going strong!

This year the teens chose friendship for their theme. They can only have half of their teens in attendance during a program because they need space for all of their patrons! And they are noticing a high number of men bringing in children.

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




Bee Cave SRP Promotional Video

Check out this wonderful SRP promotional video from the Bee Cave Public Library! A junior from a local high school, also a son of one of BCPL employees, put this together. And a wonderful job he did!

HOT off the Press! The August CTLS Newsletter is Here



Summer is starting to wind down for many of you. And boy, is it hot out there! Kick back and read the latest news in Texas libraries in this months CTLS newsletter. Like what you see? Sign up to get our monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox at the beginning of each month.


Clifton Hosted the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show for SRP

Clifton recently shared some photos from their summer reading program featuring the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show.



The program was about 1.5 hours long and they had about 82 children and adults in attendance. Their audience thoroughly enjoyed the program. Clifton staff wholeheartedly recommends booking with them! The best part? It is free! As you can imagine, this keeps them very busy. Dr. Pennington, the Chemistry Roadshow Coordinator, does approximately 85 shows per year! So you may need to book as much as a year ahead.

You can learn more about their program by visiting their website: www.chem.tamu.edu/roadshow


Congrats to our CPP vendors that won 2016 Modern Library Awards!

Please join us in congratulating members of the CTLS Commercial Partnership Program that won 2016 Modern Library Awards.

Biblionx, Product of the Year Award

Mango Languages, Platinum Award

Boopsie, Silver Award

To view your CTLS discounts from these award winning vendors and our other valued partners, visit our CTLS Vendor Discount Page.


CTLS Vendor Webinar: How a Boopsie Mobile App Benefits Your Library

Please joins us today, Friday July 8th, at 10:00 – 10:30 CST for a webinar with Boopsie! CTLS member libraries can register here for the webinar.

This 30-minute presentation will explain some important trends in mobile technology and clearly define the ways your library can meet those mobile demands with a library-branded app. We will give you a demonstration of how a Boopsie mobile app works and answer any questions you may have as time permits.

Boopsie, a mobile platform-as-a-service provider, builds library-branded apps that conveniently connect your community to the resources and services your library offers. Boopsie apps deliver an easy user experience and work with any ILS provider as well as all major platforms including Android, Apple, Kindle Fire and Blackberry.

Find more info at www.boopsie.com

Mary Casey / Director of Marketing
(608) 242-4536mary@boopsie.com

Literacy Texas 2016 Conference to be Held in San Marcos, August 1-3

Literacy Texas will be holding their 2016 annual conference on August 1-3 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos – Hotel, Spa, and Conference Center. The conference will provide training on every aspect of developing and maintaining an adult literacy program, with researched methods and experienced instructors.

Scholarships to attend conference are available for volunteers and staff at Texas libraries not already receiving professional development funds from the Texas Workforce Commission.  There is a limit of 5 scholarships per library, and the scholarships cover the cost of registration only. The Literacy Texas 2016 Annual Conference is open to anyone working in Adult Education and Literacy.

For more information, please visit the Literacy Texas website.


CTLS Office Closing on Monday, July 4th

The CTLS office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, July 5. Enjoy your holiday!