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TSLAC Accepting FY2017 Family Place Project Applications

TSLAC is currently accepting applications for participation in the Family Place Libraries Project. I recently got to tour the Round Rock Public Library children’s area after they became a Family Place Library and it looks wonderful! Children and caregivers were playing and reading together. Here is just some of the work they have done.

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In the low shelves along the window, they have lots of building toys, puzzles, and puppets. In the shelves along the wall to the left is their Parenting Collection of books that has seen a lot of circulation. In addition to creating this space, they reorganized other areas that opened up more space and made their board books more visible. The staff seemed quite pleased with their participation in the program.


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Their Teen Volunteers, or Volunteens as I like to call them, were ready to sign patrons up to participate in their Summer Reading Program.

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Here I am (middle) with TSLAC Youth Services Consultant Christine McNew and RRPL Youth Services Manager Theresa Faris.

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Isn’t their Children’s Desk lovely?

See the note from Christine McNew below about applying to the Family Place Library Project. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to be put in touch with another participating library to get more information.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Family Place Libraries(tm) Project <> helps public libraries address early learning with an aim of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn. The Project provides funding for two staff from participating Texas libraries to travel to the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in New York for the three-day Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute on the core elements of the program, and 3 years of follow-up and support by MCPL staff.

Applications for the FY 2017 Family Place Libraries(tm) Project are now being accepted. Twenty-four Texas libraries will be selected to attend the Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Libraries must complete this Application and Agreement ,> and email it to Christine McNew, Project Coordinator at

Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2017). After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to develop their Family Place Libraries(tm) program. Participating libraries pay for travel expenses to New York, and the Tocker Foundation <> has funded travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.

Family Place Libraries(tm) is a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. Family Place Libraries(tm) promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, Family Place Libraries(tm) supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community. To learn more about Family Place Libraries(tm), please visit the Family Place Libraries(tm) website <> .

For more information, please contact:
Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
cmcnew at / 512-463-4856


Texas Commission on the Arts Performance Support Grant Applications due February 1

If you are interested in hiring performers for your Summer Reading Program, or any program happening between March 15-June 14, you may want to apply for a Texas Commission on the Arts Performance Support Grant! This quarter’s application deadline is February 1st. These grants provide professional artist fees to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations for hiring an artist from the TCA Touring Roster to do a performance. For more information, visit the Texas Commission on the Arts website or contact Anina Moore at the Texas Commission on the Arts office, (512) 463-5535.

Texas Book Festival Library Grant Applications Due February 5th

From the Texas Book Festival website:

Since the Texas Book Festival’s (TBF) founding in 1995, it has been a part of the TBF’s mission to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival support grants that are distributed the following year. Since 1996, the organization has funded 1,044 grants totaling more than $2.7 million to 600+ libraries across Texas. Click here to see past winners.


The Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities.

2015-2016 Library Collection Enhancement grants are now available through February 5th, 2016. All applications must be postmarked by by February 5th, 2016.

Download the application and learn more about the grant process from the Texas Book Festival website.


TSLAC Scholarship for Public Librarians to Attend Research Institute for Public Libraries

From the TSLAC website:


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is offering a time-sensitive scholarship for two public librarians interested in attending the nationally-recognized Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL). The Institute will be held September 30-October 3, 2016 in Inverness, Colorado.

RIPL will provide participating librarians training on the following:

  • Designing outcome-based evaluation of programs and services
  • Assessing the needs of the local community
  • Developing techniques for tracking public library data and using the data for planning, management, and demonstrating the library’s worth
  • Using data and stories to document the impact of the local library
  • Aligning evaluation efforts with existing initiatives, such as Edge Benchmarks, Impact Survey, and Project Outcome

RIPL’s target audience is public librarians, administrators, and any other Library staff seeking to develop their skills in evaluation and data use for planning, management, and demonstrating their library’s impact. TSLAC staff will also attend the Institute, along with approximately 100 public library leaders. This national Institute is offered by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Library Consortium. Launched in 2015, RIPL meets a distinct need of public libraries in rural, suburban, and urban areas for practical skills in assessment, evaluation, and benchmarking.

Institute Schedule:

  • September 30: travel to venue, evening event
  • October 1: full day of workshops
  • October 2: full day of workshops
  • October 3: morning and afternoon workshops, end by late afternoon

Each TSLAC scholarship will pay the full registration fee of $1,465, and reimburse up to $500 in associated travel costs. Only librarians available for the entire time of the Institute will be considered for a scholarship. The Scholarship Application form is due to TSLAC by Friday, January 8, 2016.

Visit the RIPL website (link: to learn more about the Institute.

To download the Scholarship Application Forms and instructions, visit the TSLAC website (link:

Questions? Contact Stacey Malek at or Deborah Littrell at

This program is funded (in part) by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The travel reimbursement is considered a subaward to the sponsoring library. CFDA 45.31/FAIN LS-00-15-0044-15.

The Maker Corps Grant at Wilson County Public Library

MakerEd is a non-profit organization that supports educators and communities to be able to provide making environments and experiences for youth. Libraries can apply to their grant program called MakerCorps that provides support and training to begin and develop maker programming.

The grant is focused on summer programming for youth. A second goal of the grant is to build organizational capacity.  The application for the 2016 Maker Corps program will open on October 12, 2015 and close on Friday, January 15, 2016.

Nicki Stohr, Library Director of the Wilson County Public Library, was awarded this grant last summer. It allowed them to hire 3 part time summer people for 8 weeks and to provide a quality program that entailed crafts and technology to all ages. They plan to apply for next summer as well, although they plan to create a more traditional makerspace where participants themselves get to choose their craft or technology to explore. Wilson County highly recommend this organization to anyone thinking of creating a makerspace.



Bots and Books Update

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!

Smithville Public Library
Taylor Public Library
harker heights
Harker Heights Public Library
Corpus Girl Scounts Q3 4
Corpus Christi Public Library


A Year at CTLS

CTLS would like to thank you for your support over the last year. Many of you responded to our survey for your feedback. Take a look at some of the things member libraries have done this last year. Find out more about our grants. It really was a great year!
Click here for the full document

cover of annual report

Who We Are..……………………….…..………….…..3
2014 Board of Directors……….….….……….……4
CTLS By the Numbers……………….….………..….5
CTLS Services……………………………………..….….6
CTLS Consulting……………………..………………….8
CTLS Continuing Education……………..…………9
Science Rocks Grant………….….………….………10
Connect4Literacy Grant………………….……….12
Member Library Highlights—Awards….……14
Member Library Highlights—Expansions….16
Member Library Highlights—Service….……17
Member Library Highlights—Events……….18
Member Library Highlights—News…………19
Member Library Staff Highlights……….…….20


HEB scholarships for your teens this summer

This summer H-E-B is giving away $50,000 in scholarships during the H-E-B Summer of Read. Write. Win. Texans ages 11 to 18 are eligible for a chance to win one of 11 scholarships from H-E-B. Students must choose an influential Texan to read about this summer and then send in an essay explaining how this Texan has made an impact. If you think your patrons might be interested, learn more here. You could tie it in with a Texas history books and biographies display.

Central Texas Library System, Inc.

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