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Texas Vietnam Veterans Exhibit

Pattie Mayfield, director of the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library in Honey Grove shared about their exhibit. ”

We currently have the Texas Vietnam Veterans Exhibit at our library.  It is a prestigious  – they have only been to large cities, we are the smallest site so far.  The Artist of the exhibit, Don Dorsey told us that we were the second largest attendance at an opening ceremony in the state (behind San Antonio)!  We are extremely proud to have been able to bring this exhibit to such a small town – and have such a great turnout.  It will be here through November 15th – daily from 10-5.”

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Celebrations in Lake Whitney

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Susan Mann, Laurie Mahaffey and Denice Carter

Lake Whitney is loving their new library! They held a grand opening on October 4 to celebrate their badly needed new library. Joining them was Susan Mann the Texas Library Association President and director of the Hillsboro Library, Laurie Mahaffeywhitney the executive director of CTLS, and Denise Carter directer of the Lake Whitney Public Library.

October Newsletter is Here!

Click here to view the CTLS 2014 October Newsletter.

In this issue:

Overview of the Members Meeting in Kyle, Classifying books, Bots and Books, What’s happening in other libraries, Upcoming Showcase and Summer Reading Program Workshops



Author Elizabeth Crook at Lakeshore Library October 15

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Library Day in Harker Heights

Lisa Youngblood, director of the Harker Heights Public Library (on the right) and her daughter Sheridan celebrate “Library Day” at Barnes and Noble. They signed up people for cards on the spot and offered a variety of programs throughout the day including a Fun and Fantasy storytime. Fun was had by all!harker heights

Bots and Books with Katelyn

CTLS’ very own Katelyn Patterson will be taking over the administration of the Books and Bots grant. She has worked for CTLS for over 5 years in many capacities ranging from bookkeeping to grant reporting to social media and website communications. Having recently wrapped up her Masters in Library Science at the University of North Texas and having a personal interest in science, she will step naturally and eagerly into this role. Katelyn is excited to get the opportunity to work with you to bring this exciting grant to many new and familiar libraries.

 Katelyn PattersonKatelyn has broad experience in traveling the state and has volunteered at one of the Austin branch libraries, in addition to her CTLS work. We are delighted that she has agreed to take on the grant. E-mail her at

A Year at CTLS

CTLS would like to thank you for your support over the last year. Many of you responded to our survey for your feedback. Take a look at some of the things member libraries have done this last year. Find out more about our grants. It really was a great year!
Click here for the full document

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Who We Are..……………………….…..………….…..3
2014 Board of Directors……….….….……….……4
CTLS By the Numbers……………….….………..….5
CTLS Services……………………………………..….….6
CTLS Consulting……………………..………………….8
CTLS Continuing Education……………..…………9
Science Rocks Grant………….….………….………10
Connect4Literacy Grant………………….……….12
Member Library Highlights—Awards….……14
Member Library Highlights—Expansions….16
Member Library Highlights—Service….……17
Member Library Highlights—Events……….18
Member Library Highlights—News…………19
Member Library Staff Highlights……….…….20


Lake Whitney Public Library Celebrates Grand Opening

Join the new Lake Whitney Public Library as they celebrate their Grand Opening on  Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m.! The library is in a new location at 602 E. Jefferson, Whitney 76692. Watch the library’s website for more information on the schedule for the day: Call 254-694-4639 for more information.


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Teen Read Week is Coming Up, October 12-18

YALSA sent out the following info and resources for the upcoming Teen Read Week from October 12-18, 2014. Check it out!

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Teen Read Week News

Teen Read Week is less than a month away! Don’t forget that the Teen Read Week website has a variety of resources to help you plan a successful Teen Read Week ranging from publicity materials to activity ideas.

Also, it is still not too late to order your Teen Read Week themed materials. Order by tomorrow, September 25 to get them in time through standard shipping.

Teen Read Week Free Webinar

Tuesday, September 23: 2pm-3pm Eastern
Join YALSA for a free webinar on college- and career-related reading that will not only entertain your teens, but may inspire them to turn their dreams into reality! 100 seats available. Register now.

Publicity Checklist

As you begin to get the word out, use this checklist to make sure you’re hitting every promotional opportunity! Looking for help? Check out the templates on YALSA’s Teen Read Week publicity page.

  • There is a TRW display in my library.
  • TRW is featured on my library’s web site, blog and/or Facebook page
  • Information about TRW is in my library’s fall newsletter
  • I’ve posted announcements, fliers, and brochures all over my library: along shelves, at each checkout station, and bulletin boards.
  • I asked area schools to include TRW activities and information in the daily announcements and provided them with the details.
  • All library staff are knowledgeable about the library’s TRW activities.
  • Relevant local organizations have been informed about TRW and the library’s TRW activities, such as the community center, 4-H Club, parent organizations, after school programs, etc.
  • Local VIPs such as town council members or state legislators, have been invited to attend any special TRW events.
  • Local media outlets such as newspapers, radio stations and TV stations have been informed about TRW and the library’s TRW activities via a press release (see the TRW web site for samples). You can also ask the local newspaper to print one of YALSA’s PSAs (follow the directions at the Get Publicity page!)
  • My Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is involved in promoting TRW by writing letters to the editor, making a commercial for the public access channel, designing and posting flyers, creating and uploading a short informational video for YouTube, etc.
  • I or my TAG have asked my town council and/or state’s governor to declare Oct. 12-18, 2014 Teen Read Week in my town or state (see a sample proclamation on the TRW Web site).
  • I shared my library’s plans via the TRW wiki so others can be inspired by my ideas and my celebration can be shared by ALA publications or the Public Information Office for promotional use.

Have a wonderful Teen Read Week and thanks for all that you do to ensure that the teens in your community have access to excellent library resources and services!

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District 3 Fall Meeting Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the District 3 Fall Meeting on Friday, October 17th! The theme for the day is, “From Infinity and Beyond: Information Literacy Rising to New Levels!”

The keynote speaker is Dr. Sharon Weiner, W. Wayne Booker Chair and Professor at Purdue University and the Vice President of the National Forum on Information Literacy.

Additional speakers will be Marty Rossi, from ESC Region 20 in San Antonio; Debra Winegarten from South University, Austin, TX; and Dax Norman, instructor and artist at The Art Institute of Austin.

Visit the District 3 site to register or get more information. More information for other District Meetings can be found here.