Library Advocacy Videos

Now that the Texas Legislature is in session, it is time for librarians, Friends, board members, and citizens who love libraries to talk to their legislators about the importance of libraries. Severe budget cuts in the last session affected all Texas public libraries greatly.

The staff at North Texas Library Partners have put together some advocacy [...]

2012 Public Library Advisory Board Handbook

Get your 2012 Public Library Advisory Board Handbook here or by clicking the image to the left

Summer Programming for Tots to Teens

February 3, 2012 Harker Heights Public Library—Harker Heights
February 9, 2012 Bastrop Public Library—Bastrop
To register Click Harker Heights or Bastrop

Get ready for a terrific Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is Get a Clue! You’ll unlock the mystery of great programming ideas and useful tips in planning your [...]

Understanding the Teen Brain Workshop

Frank Kros came to Austin last week and presented a wonderful workshop on the teen brain. Here’s a list of his recommended reading/watching if you want to delve further into this amazing, surprising topic:

How the Brain Learns by David Sousa
Why Do They Act That Way? By David Walsh
The Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness by Edward [...]

TexShare Database Update

From Russlene Waukechon at the Texas State Library:

Due to budget cuts in the TexShare program, Gale’s HWRC database is longer be part of the TexShare core resources. Gale continues to be a valued TexShare partner, and we will continue to provide Health Reference Center Academic, Literature Resource Center, Twayne’s Authors Series, Scribner Writers and [...]

2011 Library Blog Award Winners...

Salem Press’s Annual Blog Awards have been announced — library staff and library blog lovers vote, then judges within the library field make the final decision. Here’s the list and story behind the award, direct from the Salem Press:

General Library Blog Winner
Librarian in Black
She describes herself as “Amazingly informed & therefore properly opinionated.” The tag [...]

Is your Friends group holding a raffle?

James in Waco pointed us to some useful resources provided by the Texas Attorney General’s Office to be sure your Friends Group, your non-profit library, or a support group of your library runs a raffle correctly. “There are specific laws and rules in Texas regarding charitable raffles – such as: entities that may conduct [...]

Book Club Webinar

Thanks so much to Jennifer Patterson for presenting this month’s Third Thursday webinar: Great Books for Book Club.  View the archived version here. Other resources: Jennifer’s PowerPoint and notes for this morning’s presentation, Jennifer’s November article on Best Books for Book Club , and Staff Picks from San Marcos Public Library: Book Club Classics.

Getting your catalog where your patrons will see it

Nancy from West asked her local school district if they could put a link to the West Public Library’s catalog on the school’s website. Students looking for materials for school projects can see quickly if their local public library has what they need. Great idea, Nancy! Chris from Round Rock also shared a way to reach patrons [...]

A Dozen Ways to TexShare Program

This is a reminder to register for TSLAC’s Dozen Ways to TexShare tutorial program to be entered into their weekly book drawing.  Every Friday until February 25 they will be holding a drawing to win a free book! Last Friday, January 28, the winner was Mary Montgomery from Bridge City, Texas.  Mary won a copy of Freedom by Jonathan Franzen; [...]