Category Archives: workshops

Getting Excited and Inspired for Summer Reading at CTLS Workshops!

Last week I was in Mansfield and Cedar Park having our first Summer Reading Program workshops and we had a blast! Here are just a few highlights!

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Suzan Nyfeler is our fantastic tour guide through the 2016 manual! We talked books, songs, decor, and display ideas.

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2016-01-22 09.55.14The morning was spent brainstorming and sharing ideas…

but the afternoon was spent playing games, making crafts, and doing theme-related activities.

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We had such a wonderful time! A big thanks to the Mansfield Public Library and the Cedar Park Public Library for hosting us.

We have more workshops coming up and there is still time to register! On Wednesday, January 27th we will be in Jourdanton, Texas and on Monday, February 22nd in Edinburg, TX.

Can’t make it to a workshop? I am going to be highlighting some of the craft and activity ideas we had at the workshop on the website and in the newsletter leading up to the summer. And we are inviting people to contribute to our SRP2016 Pinterest Board. It will be a place for you to leave an idea, take an idea. If you are on Pinterest and would like to contribute, contact Katelyn and you will be sent an invitation.



Additional CTLS SRP 2016 Workshop Added in Edinburg


BREAKING! We have scheduled an additional face-to-face workshop at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg, TX to help you get ready, get set for SRP 2016!

Again, all of the workshops currently scheduled are as follows:

Thursday, January 21st at the Mansfield Public Library

Friday, January 22nd at the Cedar Park Public Library

Wednesday, January 27th at the Jourdanton Community Library

Monday, February 22 at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg

Please sign up quickly as these tend to fill up fast. We hope to see you there!

Library Journal Lead the Change Workshop in Houston, October 23, 2014

Lead the Change Texas/October 23, 2014 (Leadership Program)

Lead the Change! What Great Library Leaders Know and Do is an interactive workshop that guides attendees through a series of collaborative exercises that will help you harness your ideas, clarify your goals, and create a personal leadership plan.

As a participant, you will receive an action planner, and work both individually and in groups during reflection and discussion periods to build a framework for innovation and change. Throughout the day, David Bendekovic, program developer, and his co-facilitators, including recent LJ Librarians of the Year and Movers and Shakers, provide insights, best practices and leadership tools that will help you tap into personal leadership qualities to transform your career, your library and your community, no matter what your stage of career.

Lead the Change Texas/ October 23 (Leadership Program) 
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney, Houston
Houston, Texas 77002

Cost is $80

For more information, please visit their website:

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

 September 26, 2015

1:00—3:30 pm

Kyle Public Library
550 Scott Street
Kyle, Texas 78640


Rose Aleta Laurell, recently retired from directing the Bell/Whittington Library in Portland, brought technology to all ages of library patrons in the libraries where she has worked. Join us for a 4-part talk on technology in the library for varying ages of patrons: AWE stations for the little ones, Seniors in Cyberspace, E-books, and technology for teens. Bring your questions and share your experiences in this fast-paced discussion.



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Questions? Call CTLS at 800- 262-4431.

Hunting Ancestors on the Web

TombstoneDo you need help finding those elusive ancestors? Have you ever wanted to get into a heritage society?

Experienced genealogy researcher Laurie Mahaffey will show you many databases to help unlock the secrets of the past.

Your relatives may have given a “cleaned-up” family history, but we’ll find some skeletons in this fast-moving workshop.

Friday, May 24 at the West Waco Branch of the Waco-McLennan County Library: register here.

Thursday, May 30 at the Corpus Christi Public Library: register here

Registration: 8:30 am

Workshop hours: 9 am to 12 noon; 1:15 pm to 3:15 pm

Lunch: on your own

CE: 5 hours of CE credit.

Young Writers & Illustrators Conference, Harker Heights

The Harker Heights Public Library will be presenting “Pencil Productions” a Young Writers and Illustrators Conference at the Harker Heights Public Library on Saturday, February 9 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Budding authors and illustrators grades 1st through 6th will attend genre workshops, share their works with peers, and meet published authors. Our goal is to encourage writing and illustrating for fun! The cost for this conference is $10.00 per child. It is free for parents and chaperones.

Workshop – Marketing Your Collection

We hope to see you at our next Workshop!

November 15, 2012 – Edinburg – The Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library
November 16, 2012 – Floresville – location TBA

Registration: 8:30-9am
Workshop: 9am -3 pm

Who should attend:
Public library directors, staff & volunteers

How much it will cost:
$40 per member
$65 per non-member

5 hours CE credit

Workshop presented by:
CTLS, Inc.

Increase circulation through retail display, creative shelving techniques, and staff involvement. Transform your shelves from orderly . . . to orderly AND attractive.

Learn how libraries in Texas and across the nation use spotlight marketing and image auditing to wow the public.
See your library with new eyes—from the parking lot to the stacks. Learn to use Image Audit checklists to improve the look of your library, get rid of clutter, increase user satisfaction, strengthen your library image, and bring in new customers. This fun, informative workshop is interactive and full of practical tools you can use right away. We will even conduct a real Image Audit walk-through at our brave host libraries! You will leave with a basic audit in hand, ready to use at your own library. Don’t let the word “audit “ scare you. Be open and willing to see with a new approach.

Bring your staff, volunteers and board members. This is a fun, hands-on workshop. Presented by Jennifer Patterson and CTLS. We would love to help your library increase circulation, look better, and be a more enjoyable place to visit.

Teen Scene At Your Library Workshop Friday Sept 28th

Looking for innovative programs, services, and spaces for your teens? Library Director and teen advocate Lisa Youngblood from the Harker Heights Public Library brings to you a plethora of ideas for establishing, reinventing, and/or rejuvenating your teen services. From collection must haves to space absolute have-nots, choose small and large changes that can make huge impacts in your teen community. Learn to ask and listen to your teens, to encourage library usage, and to begin teen volunteer programs.

2.5 hours CPE credit

$25 Members and Volunteers / $50 Non-Members

Salado Civic Center
601 North Main
Salado, TX 76541

Friday, September 28, 2012 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (CDT)

Register Here