After a training Katelyn Patterson attended in New Braunfels (which you can read about in our latest newsletter), she dropped by the New Braunfels Public Library. Though they were all busy with multiple SRP programs going on, Director Gretchen Pruett and staff gave a warm welcome and a tour of their lovely library.
We had our Central Texas Performer Showcase last Friday, November 3rd at the Georgetown Public Library. It was a big success! We want to thank all of the librarians and community members that attended. We had over 80 attendees come and see the talent before they hire!
Don’t forget that we have another Showcase event coming up on November 30th at the Rockwall County Library. You can register here to join us at that event!
Laurie Mahaffey attended the Austin Public Library Foundation’s Gala on Friday, October 27th and was able to meet the new Director Roosevelt Weeks.
Many Austinites filled the new building for the Grand Opening. There were performances and activities throughout the day. People were touring the building, lounging and reading, signing up for library cards, and checking out books. Attendees were very excited and proud of their new building.
From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:
Libraries in southeast Texas are just now beginning the long process of recovery after Hurricane Harvey, and this disaster has made many libraries around the state questioning their readiness in the event of a natural disaster.
Join us for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, September 27 at 2pm. to learn how to bring damaged libraries back after a disaster. Our special guest is Susan Quinn, director of Ocean Beaches Public Library in New Jersey. Her community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and she has critical advice and insights into recovery, and preparing for future disasters.
Wednesday, September 27
2-3pm central time
Here are the 6 candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors. The board recently voted to increase the number of members from 9 to 11. 3 board members are up for reelection. Adding 2 more members, this means the 5 candidates receiving the most votes will serve on the board.
The ballots will be sent out by email in the first week of October and will be due 14 calendar days later. Each library may submit one ballot voting for up to 5 of the 6 candidates.
We know that those of you in the area affected most by Harvey are busy assessing damage and serving your community. As you can, please check in with us either via email or by calling the office at (800)262-4431. We can report your status here to share with others that you are alright.
For those that can, please consider donating to the Texas Library Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. You can do so here.
I am thrilled at how excited everyone got over the celestial event and looked to our libraries as a resource. My family and I traveled up to be in the line of totality and viewed the eclipse at a library in Chesterfield, Missouri. But I know that many of you are resting easier now that the eclipse is past. Librarians all over the country have been calling eclipse glasses the new tax forms.
Now that the dust has settled, did you find that you were left with many discarded glasses? Or perhaps they all disappeared. As many of you probably know, we are going to be getting a wonderful show right here in our own backyards in 2024. If your discarded glasses comply with NASA’s safety standards, the glasses should be reusable indefinitely… as long as they don’t get scratches. So if you were thinking of hoarding those glasses now for 2024, make sure they are stored in such a way that they won’t get scratched.
If you would rather them be gone, Astronomers Without Boarders is working on a plan to collect and redistribute to other areas around the world experiencing an eclipse. Details should be forthcoming soon on their website.
Additionally, you can tear the lenses out and simply recycle the cardboard frames. This Smithsonian post suggests using the lenses in arts and crafts projects to make a souvenir of the event. Sounds like a wonderful programming idea!
Please send us pictures and information about your eclipse programs! How many were in attendance? What did you learn to prepare us for 2024?
The annual Literacy Texas Conference is coming up at the end of the month in San Marcos and is one of the best resources for both adult literacy and 9-12 grade home schooling. Please consider attending if your library provides services directed toward these groups. For more information and to register to attend, please visit their website.
Brenda Pearson, an employee of the Madison County Library for almost 29 years, retired at the end of September. She will be leaving Texas, but promises to come back and visit. A lovely farewell party was given in her honor at the Madison County Courthouse Annex.