Texas Commission on the Arts Performance Support Grant Applications due February 1

If you are interested in hiring performers for your Summer Reading Program, or any program happening between March 15-June 14, you may want to apply for a Texas Commission on the Arts Performance Support Grant! This quarter’s application deadline is February 1st. These grants provide professional artist fees to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations […]

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!

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


The photo […]

American Library Association Announces 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

From the ALA website:

BOSTON – The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Boston.

A list of all the 2016 award winners follows:


November is Picture Book Month!

Picture Book Month is an initiative to celebrate the wonders picture books offer! Every day in November their website will have a new post from a picture book champion on why they think picture books are important. Here is the calendar for November 2015:

Their site has lots of resources such as a […]

Austin Public Library Youth Services Band Puts Kids’ Books to Music

From the Austin Public Library website:

Connecting kids to a love of reading through the power of music!

Come dance along with Echo and the Bats – Austin’s first All Youth Librarian band! You’ve seen their storytimes, now come hear some of your favorite kids’ books put to music! Familiar stories, familiar tunes, all […]

Star Wars Reads Day, 10.10.15

The 4th Annual Star Wars Reads Day takes place on October 10th. The official Star Wars website has resources for activities and publicity. Brightly also has some great printables and activities. This would be a great time to showcase your BB-8 Sphero robot!

Does your library participate in anyway? Please share with us […]

Houston Puppetry Festival in September



*** Educators and Librarians: Earn 7 Clock Hours! ***

Earn 7 Texas Education Agency Continuing Professional Education Clock Hours

PUPPET WORKSHOPS: Make puppets and learn to use them!

Make Science Puppet Show, Make The Very Hungry Caterpillar Slinky Puppets, Make Five Little Monkeys and the Alligator […]

Lago Vista Library Kicks Off the Summer

Lago Vista Public Library kicked off opening day of their Summer Reading Program with a bang. They featured our own local Magician Extraordinaire, Ryan Coleman (16) with a really great magic show for the kids. Then they talked about heroes and featured their own “Local Heroes Wall” and listened while the kids gave their ideas […]

Heroes at Harker Heights Library

Several of the Harker Heights Public Library part time employees worked with the city’s incredible IT department to make a “Power Up! READ” promotional video!

This is great video! Check it out. https://youtu.be/G-8R3KQrIQM.

Bots and Books Update

May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in!

The Smithville Public Library got some […]