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September Newsletter

Happy new fiscal year! Celebrate with our September newsletter.


With a little help from our Friends

Rio Grande City Public Library Director Norma Gomez Fultz recently wrote to us about how committed their Friends group is to volunteering at, sponsoring, and promoting library events. Their Friends group recently put up this billboard for the library. What amazing support!

Billboard 2014

This is a wonderful opportunity to mention that October 19-25 is National Friends of Libraries Week. For more information, visit the United for Libraries page.

Do you have a particularly great Friends group? Please brag about them to us… and send photos! Where would we be without a little help from our Friends??

Lago Vista Public Library and Police Officers Join Forces

Lago Vista hosted a Forensic Program with a member of the Lago Vista Police.  Their patrons had a wonderful time as the officer took fingerprints and talked about forensics. Lago Vista also had record attendance this summer ending with their Grand Finale with Bonzo Crunch with 83 in attendance!  Congrats on such a successful summer and thank you for sharing!


Clifton, TX is full of future authors and illustrators!

In addition to the summer reading program, the Clifton Public Library had the children write and illustrate their own books! And here are some of the spoils!


 The children really enjoyed making them and they are on display in the library. Fantastic idea for promoting creativity in the community! Thanks for sharing with us, Clifton!

Public Library Division Stipends to TLA

From the Texas Library Association website:

“The Public Library Division of the Texas Library Association will award four individual Scholarships (stipends) of $500 each to qualified applicants currently employed in Texas public libraries. The purpose of the PLD Scholarship is to encourage TLA and PLD membership, to advance the goals and objectives of the Association, and to provide the means for supporting participation in the TLA Annual Conference

The stipends are available for public library employees who have not attended a TLA Conference before. The purpose of these stipends is to encourage membership and participation in TLA and PLD. Recipients will gain insight into the Public Libraries Division organization by volunteering during the conference.”

For more information, please go here.

Friends of Hillsboro City Library Hosting George Boutwell

Friends of Hillsboro City Library Hosting George Boutwell


The Friends of Hillsboro City Library will welcome Central Texas Artist & Author George Boutwell for a noonday luncheon on Tuesday, September 9.  It will be held at Historic City Hall, 127 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro.  Boutwell will be discussing his book, Texas in My Windshield, which is an autobiography from over 40 years of exploring Texas and over 2,000 art shows. Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased by contacting the library at 254-582-7385, emailing hillsborolibrary@hillsborotx.org or visiting the library at 118 South Waco Street.  Copies of Mr. Boutwell’s artwork, as well as his book, will be available for purchase at the luncheon.  The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, September 5.  No tickets will be sold at the door.



TDS14: Libraries @ the Center


TDS14: Libraries @ the Center

Now in its 5th year, The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center virtual conference will focus the attention of library professionals on libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll examine how libraries drive change like no other institution, reaching classrooms and communities around the globe, and will provide actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces, including:

How can libraries adapt and adopt emerging technologies and tools, new ways of learning, and the evolving publishing ecosystem?

How will libraries continue to be at the center of their communities?

Libraries @ the Center brings a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, complete with:

  • Interactive Exhibit Hall: learn about the latest products and innovations from leading technology vendors and publishers
  • The Librarians’ Lounge: network with library professionals from across the globe
  • Virtual Tote Bag: Download all of the presentations, handouts, and promotional information you want

Registration for the virtual conference is FREE and includes 3 months of access to the event archives, on-demand, including all presentations, information and handouts from the show, so sign up today!


All information from The Digital Shift website. For more information or to register, go here.

Welcome to the CTLS team, Kathy!

Kathy profile


CTLS is delighted to welcome Kathy Thaler to our staff! Kathy began working for us on July 21 and is the new Assistant Executive Director. She will be responsible for the Connect4 Literacy grant in the coming fiscal year.


Kathy is a lifelong Texan who lives in Elgin and grew up in Arlington. She has been an avid library user since childhood.  Her library work experience began with student jobs and has since included both small and large libraries, and school libraries. Kathy is a UT graduate and has Texas Teacher Certification, as well.


Her career has encompassed work with the Texas State Library, Austin Public Library, and small community libraries, as well as serving several years as a board member of the Elgin Public Library.  Her most recent position was as a campus librarian with Elgin public schools. While at Austin Public Library, Kathy was the assistant manager of the Data Systems department. She likes to read everything and loves children’s literature. Welcome to the CTLS team, Kathy!


Herman Brown Library to Host Book Tour Launch and Author Signing

A local book club and the Herman Brown Library will be joining forces to host a book tour launch and author signing on August 19th with Lisa Wingate. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations required! For more information, contact the Herman Brown Library in Burnet, TX at 512-715-5228.

Burnet Book Club Event


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The August newsletter is now available! We hope you stay cool and informed of all of the latest goings-on in Texas libraries. Enjoy!

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