Category Archives: library news

Harker Heights’ Family Learning Space Opening!

Congratulations to the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library as they open their new Friends & Family Learning Space, a Family Place initiative. The grand opening is Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. Children, parents, and caregivers are welcome to see the specially designed area with developmentally appropriate toys, new parenting books, new board books, and new circulating toys.

Study Shows $2.628 Billion in Economic Benefits from Texas Public Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission produced a study of the economic impact of public libraries in Texas using data from the 2015 fiscal year. This study was lead by Dr. James Jarrett, Senior Research Scientist of the Bureau of Business Research, IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. The economic modeling was performed by Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director of the Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder.

The short version is that Texas communities gain an average of $4.64 in benefits for every $1.00 invested in their public library. The full text of the press release is at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2017/roi2017. A video announcement may be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/tslac/videos/1301309966558685.

Flood Damage Recovery in Libraries

Wimberley Village Library‘s Carolyn Manning was featured on television this weekend because her library is serving as a place where people can leave found photos for eventual recovery by their owners. WVL also hosted a photographs workshop with archival professionals from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information to help residents preserve photographs that have been damaged by the floods. We are proud of all of our libraries who are reaching out to serve their communities in this time of crisis.

Midland Library Works with the Symphony

 

Free Library Concert Series notes colorful

MIDLAND, TX – The Midland Public Library and Library Foundation are teaming up with the Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale to present 7 free concerts at local libraries between now and November. The initiative has been funded by a grant from the Arts Council of Midland.

The series includes concerts for both children and adults, and will feature a mix of each of the symphony’s four chamber ensembles. Tonight’s debut concert features the Permian Basin String Quartet at 4:00pm at the Downtown 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!
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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

 

TMLDA Achievement of Excellence Awards

Belton TMLDA awardThree CTLS member libraries whose cities are part of the Texas Municipal League  received the Texas Municipal Library Directors’ Association Achievement of Excellence Award for 2013. The libraries are:  the Lena Armstrong Library (Belton: director Kim Kroll pictured above on the right), the Cedar Park  Public Library (Cedar Park), and the Temple Public Library (Temple). Congratulations!

StoryCorps @ Your Library

ALA’s @ Your Library site recently did a profile on a two-year pilot project called StoryCorps @ Your Library which invites members of the public to tell personal stories. CTLS’s very own Smithville Public Library is one of ten participating libraries across the country. Check out this wonderful article featuring Smithville’s director Judith M. Bergeron talking about the program! Thank you for sharing Smithville!

Article illustration: StoryCorps participants. Photo: Rob Lowell.

Library Ghouls in Presidio

Presidio Halloween Costume Contest

Check out the ghouls that haunted the Presidio Library this Halloween! Prizes were awarded for the Scariest, Funniest, and Most Original costumes at the City of Presidio Library on October 30th. Forty-five children participated in the contest. Local stores and volunteers sponsored the prizes for the children. They would like to say a special thank you to Dollar General, Alco Deptartment Store, Farmers Insurance, Bealls, Porter’s Thriftway, Ponchos Pizza and Big Bend Banks of Presidio for their support of the event.

 

CTLS Libraries Winning the Election!

Election Day has come and gone, but several CTLS member libraries benefited from bond packages that passed in their communities.

Val Verde County Library in Del Rio will be getting a library expansion project. The Round Rock Public Library will be getting a new main library and branch library. The Sam Fore, Jr. Wilson County Library in Floresville will be getting a renovation and expansion. Finally the Seguin Public Library will be getting a new library! Congratulations to these libraries and their communities!