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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!

Teen Read Week 2014


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!

Visit Teen Read Week at:


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.

Happy New Fiscal Year!

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!