Announcing the CTLS 2017 SRP & YouthShare Workshop Series

Please join us at one of the following locations for a combination YouthShare and Summer Reading Program workshop!

January 27th in Austin at Laura’s Library

January 30th in Diboll at the T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library

February 6 in McAllen at the McAllen Public Library

9am to […]

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 […]

Halloween Programming Ideas

compiled by Kim Lehman


Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the Halloween party?

It had no body to dance with.

What do goblins drink on Halloween?


What do ghosts eat for dessert?

Booberry pie


Cut and tell pumpkin story



The leader chants each line or every half-line […]

Craft Worm

Youth from Giddings Public Library created these worms as part of a summer program. Youth volunteers glued googly eyes to chenille sticks. They also attached a chenille stick “leash” to each worm. Children lined up to get their worm and some beads after the program. Then each child sat down and using fine […]

Youth News – A teen roundup from Kim

Events, tidbits, and resources rounded up for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist Extraordinaire:

Austin Teen Book Festival

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011 Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm Location: Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704 Keynote: Scott Westerfeld (Uglies and Leviathan series)

I invite you to visit the website, Facebook, […]

Youth News from Kim

Youth News from around the nation, pulled together for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist:

2011 Virtual Diversity and Outreach Fair Held on June 25 at Annual Conference in New Orleans, this year’s Diversity and Outreach Fair highlighted innovative and successful library outreach initiatives and programs during a poster session open to all […]

Butterflies flutter through Hearne

Youth at Smith-Welch Memorial Library in Hearne, TX created these lovely butterflies using the shape of their hands to make the wings. Thank you Silvia Garcia for sharing these with us.

Storytime Prop – Rain

The heat is on and rain is nowhere in sight-at least not REAL rain. Here is a simple, inexpensive way to make a rain prop for storytimes. Cut strips of clear plastic, gather together and tape to a stick. You can also draw blue raindrops on the plastic strips with a permanent marker if […]

Understanding the Teen Brain Workshop

Frank Kros came to Austin last week and presented a wonderful workshop on the teen brain. Here’s a list of his recommended reading/watching if you want to delve further into this amazing, surprising topic:

How the Brain Learns by David Sousa Why Do They Act That Way? By David Walsh The Childhood Roots of Adult […]

Stretching the dollar

Cindy Sue Lytle at Schulenburg Library knows how to stretch a dollar. She found these sturdy, wooden child-sized chairs at a yard sale. Everyone wins!