Congratulations to the Bell Whittington Public Library, Portland, TX and Rose Aleta Laurell, Director!
This library was named a finalist in the IMLS Best Small Library in America competition!
“Serving a population of 15,099 in a satellite community near Corpus Christi, this library does an awful lot with the $29 per capita budget at its disposal. The judges noted innovative outreach that can easily be duplicated by other libraries, while judge Julie Hildebrand called it “amazing considering the size of their staff,” just three full-time, four part-time. The library’s recent record of programming with high attendance numbers and a strong focus on technology is well demonstrated by the “Seniors in Cyberspace” program held in partnership with senior centers and other community sites such as the local Dairy Queen restaurants. Attendance for the course reached 1,758, with evaluations showing 100 percent rate of achievement in signing up for new email addresses.”
If anyone would like to refresh their CTLS Large Print Deposit Collection or if you would like to have one of your very own, please contact us. We have books on our shelves that should be out circulating to your patrons! Please don’t hesitate to give us a call – (800)262-4431 – or shoot us an email and we will get a collection put together for you.
Congratulations to Mickey DuVall (Bastrop PL), Dawn Vogler (TSL) And Rose Aleta Laurell (Ingleside PL, formerly of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart)! These librarians were 3 of 9 from Texas who were chosen to participate in the IMLS Western Regional Fellowship: Transforming Life After 50 (TLA50). The fellowship was created as a collaborative effort of the California State Library, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Oregon State Library, and Washington State Library in partnership with the Pacific Library Partnership. The year-long Fellowship provides a continuing education scholarship for public library staff and library professionals to advance their library and information science skills related to improving services to and engagement with active, older adults.
New info has been posted to the Senior Spaces wiki after the Senior Spaces Conference held last Tuesday. The wiki contains content since 2007 on “senior spaces” beginning with the first space, which opened at the Old Bridge (NJ) Public Library. If your library is thinking of developing a senior space, this wiki is a great resource to use as part of your planning, design and implimentation process. If you have completed a space in your library geared for the generations of older adults let them know. Contact Allan Kleiman at: kleiman<at>aol<dot>com for more information and details. And be on the lookout next year for a new book entitled: “Senior Spaces: A Step-by-Step Guide”.