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Amazon Learns From Libraries, Again

We hear a lot of talk about libraries borrowing from the business world: Internet cafés, self checkout stations, books shelved at the front of the shelf for easy access (instead of the back to protect them from dust), people are even free to walk among the books without an escort. We do not say much about the other side of the street, but there is plenty of action there too.

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Join us for our Summer Reading Program Workshop series in January!

I hope you will join us for our annual Summer Reading Program workshop series being held in January!
Spark your creativity and get great ideas to make your summer programs a success. CTLS favorite Kim Lehman will be sharing activities from the CSLP manual “Libraries Rock!” and additional ideas for all age groups, with an emphasis on elementary ages. In the afternoon we will set aside some time for participant sharing. Bring your ideas!
You can register for the workshop closest to you using the links below.

Friday, January 5th in North Richland Hills

Thursday, January 18th in San Marcos

Monday, January 22nd in Edinburg

Friday, January 26th in Livingston

Please let us know if you have any issues getting registered or if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Texas Libraries in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service

Library Journal has just announced the results of the tenth edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat.

A big congratulation to the following Texas libraries who have earned stars for their services, funding levels & other factors.

Springlake-Earth Community Library
Saint Jo Public Library, Saint Jo, Texas
Fayette Public Library, La Grange, Texas
Electra Public Library, Electra, Texas
Haslet Public Library, Haslet, Texas
Seven Points’ Library, Cedar Creek Lake, Texas
Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library , Rocksprings, Texas
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove, Texas
Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library, Denver City, Texas
Upton County Public Library, McCamey, Texas
Hughes Springs Area Public Library, Hughes Springs, Texas

CTLS members in BOLD.

Thanks for another wonderful Central Texas Performer Showcase!

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!

We also want to thank all of the performers and exhibitors that spent the day with us. A wonderful variety of talent was on display.

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!

Austin Public Library Opens New Central Library

Laurie Mahaffey attended the Austin Public Library Foundation’s Gala on Friday, October 27th and was able to meet the new Director Roosevelt Weeks.

Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks and Mrs. Weeks at the Grand Opening Gala for the new Austin Public Library. CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey is shown with Mr. & Mrs. Weeks.

Youth Services Coordinator Katelyn Patterson volunteered at the Grand Opening event that took place on Saturday, October 29th.

Quiet reading room.

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.

TxLa Webinar on Disaster Preparedness

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
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