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 […]

Family Place Libraries

Congratulations to the staff of the six CTLS libraries who are going to New York for Family Place Library training. This is GREAT news!

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove Bryan+College Station Library McAllen Public Library Nueces County Library, Robstown Pasadena Public Library Wilson County Library, Floresville

The Family Place Libraries Mission

The mission of […]

Library Day in Harker Heights

Lisa Youngblood, director of the Harker Heights Public Library (on the right) and her daughter Sheridan celebrate “Library Day” at Barnes and Noble. They signed up people for cards on the spot and offered a variety of programs throughout the day including a Fun and Fantasy storytime. Fun was had by all!


Holiday Program Ideas


Some stories, crafts and more for the Christmas holiday. Karen Chase – Catch the Story Bug.

Reuse an Old Favorite Story

Tell the story “The Twist-Mouth Family” with, well, a twist. The basic story is about a family that cannot blow out a candle so they can go to bed. Each family member […]

Fun Songs for Storytime

CTLS’s Kim Lehman sings some very fun songs to add to storytime: Ain’t Gonna Rain – yes, it feels like it never will.


Oh, it ain’t gonna rain no more, no more. It ain’t gonna rain no more. How in the heck can I wash around my neck. if it ain’t gonna rain no […]

Summer Reading at West Public Library

From Nancy in West: Our last summer presentation was a masquerade ball and awards ceremony. The teens love to decorate and play dress-up! The big hit was a balloon dress that Petra made. Eloise Takes a Bawth was read, and Petra had the kids speak with an English accent before she began because she read […]

Mixing In Math Workshop

In partnership with Mixing In Math/Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), the Texas State Library invites Texas library staff to participate in the following free Webinar — Mixing In Math: Enhancing story times, crafts, displays, and family programs with math on Monday, August 22, 10:00 – 11:00am CDT.

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West’s Tale-Tellers

This is the new group of Tale Tellers in West. These teens plan and carry out the library’s storytimes on weekends. They are the new generation of the group for which West won the Wayne Williams Project of the Year from TLA. Some topics this summer will include: Fiesta Fiasco, Mad Scientist, BFFs or […]

Musical librarians… please stand up!

Check out this story about Karen Ellis in Taylor playing the autoharp during storytime! 🙂 Any other musical librarians out there? Tell us your talent!