Register for Upcoming Webinar with BiblioBoard

Don’t forget to sign up for our upcoming webinar with Commercial Partnership Program vendor Biblioboard on Tuesday, June 28th at 1pm CT. You can register directly here. Please contact Sammie Simpson with any questions!

SELF-e is BiblioBoard’s newest service and it’s in partnership with Library Journal. SELF-e allows libraries to support local writers and indie authors by showcasing their books in the Indie Texas collection.  All books submitted through SELF-e are evaluated by Library Journal for quality. Those books selected for top quality are available across the US and Canada, allowing authors to gain additional exposure.   You can find a quick (3 minute) video on the SELF-e tool here: https://vimeo.com/142144990

Creator is the second community engagement program offered by BiblioBoard. The Creator program allows libraries to curate and showcase multimedia digital exhibits. You can showcase digital archives and special collections along with video and audio of public events, children’s programs, art exhibits, local musicians and much more. Here are a couple of ways other forward thinking libraries are using Creator. Connect with and showcase local musicians: https://vimeo.com/152756711 Showcase library programming: https://vimeo.com/133568663 Work with local artists: https://vimeo.com/149453243

BiblioBoard work with innovative libraries in Texas and across the US to assist them in meeting their community engagement initiatives. Libraries are subscribed to the BiblioBoard platform to assist with community engagement objectives they have set for the year.



Save the Date for the CTLS Showcase!

We are excited to announce that we have nailed down the date for our FY2017 Performer Showcase! Please put Friday, November 4th on your calendars and stay tuned for more information and a link to register!

Save The Date! FY 17 Showcase

If you are unfamiliar with our Showcase, we invite talented speakers and performers from all over Texas to come and either exhibit or give a brief performance for librarians who need to hire the very best. We have performances going all day long as well as a room full of exhibitors who want to speak with you! Bring your calendars because our librarians make bookings right on the spot! This event is a wonderful way to get an early start on your 2017 programming.

Our Performer Showcase is always extremely fun and productive so we hope you plan on joining us at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 4th!

TSLAC Accepting FY2017 Family Place Project Applications

TSLAC is currently accepting applications for participation in the Family Place Libraries Project. I recently got to tour the Round Rock Public Library children’s area after they became a Family Place Library and it looks wonderful! Children and caregivers were playing and reading together. Here is just some of the work they have done.

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In the low shelves along the window, they have lots of building toys, puzzles, and puppets. In the shelves along the wall to the left is their Parenting Collection of books that has seen a lot of circulation. In addition to creating this space, they reorganized other areas that opened up more space and made their board books more visible. The staff seemed quite pleased with their participation in the program.


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Their Teen Volunteers, or Volunteens as I like to call them, were ready to sign patrons up to participate in their Summer Reading Program.

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Here I am (middle) with TSLAC Youth Services Consultant Christine McNew and RRPL Youth Services Manager Theresa Faris.

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Isn’t their Children’s Desk lovely?

See the note from Christine McNew below about applying to the Family Place Library Project. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to be put in touch with another participating library to get more information.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Family Place Libraries(tm) Project <http://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2015/family_place.html> helps public libraries address early learning with an aim of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn. The Project provides funding for two staff from participating Texas libraries to travel to the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in New York for the three-day Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute on the core elements of the program, and 3 years of follow-up and support by MCPL staff.

Applications for the FY 2017 Family Place Libraries(tm) Project are now being accepted. Twenty-four Texas libraries will be selected to attend the Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Libraries must complete this Application and Agreement , https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/ld/FY%2017%20TSLAC%20FPL%20Agreement%20Form3.pdf> and email it to Christine McNew, Project Coordinator at cmcnew@tsl.texas.gov.

Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2017). After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to develop their Family Place Libraries(tm) program. Participating libraries pay for travel expenses to New York, and the Tocker Foundation <http://www.tocker.org/> has funded travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.

Family Place Libraries(tm) is a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. Family Place Libraries(tm) promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, Family Place Libraries(tm) supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community. To learn more about Family Place Libraries(tm), please visit the Family Place Libraries(tm) website <http://www.familyplacelibraries.org/> .

For more information, please contact:
Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
cmcnew at tsl.texas.gov / 512-463-4856


Austin’s 10th Annual African American Book Festival


From the book festival website:

Austin’s African American Book Festival will celebrate a decade of promoting literature by and about African Americans at the Carver Museum and Library on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 9:30 am – 4 pm. This year our keynote speaker is Sharon G. Flake, a nationally recognized young adult author of such books as The Skin I’m In, Bang! and Pinned.

Festival organizers are excited to focus on young adult literature and how powerful it can be in the lives of young people. This year’s keynote address will be staged as the most exciting class you’ve ever attended, because learning and literature can and should be fun. This interactive event will feature literature, movement, music, and prizes.

Flake is a high-energy speaker; she joins the list of distinguished artists who have helped us reach this decade milestone, including Pulitzer Prize-winners Leonard Pitts and Annette Gordon Reed, best-selling authors Terry McMillan and MK Asante, and historians Arnold Rampersad and Peniel Joseph.

The festival is free and open to the public.

MakerFest @ the Victoria Public Library

VPL Maker Fest

The Victoria Public Library will be hosting their first annual Maker Fest on Saturday, June 18th. This family friendly event will feature exhibitors and activities – artists and technology enthusiasts sharing their craft with the community. The Geek Bus will be here to show us the basics of video game design!

We hope to see some pictures from this event. It sounds like it will be wonderful!

SRP Promotional Video from Harker Heights

Look at how much fun they are having in this Summer Reading Program promotional video from Harker Heights! They had a homeschooling group and their high school cheerleaders do some cheers and a talented library clerk helped them put it together.

This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, Harker Heights! Please don’t forget to share your pictures, promotional materials, and summer stories with us!

Summer Learning Day is July 14th

Here is a wonderful video from First Lady Michelle Obama encouraging kids and parents to continue learning throughout the summer.

The National Summer Learning Association has declared that July 14th is Summer Learning Day to do just that. Use their resources, such as this video, to talk to your community about the importance of not falling behind and how your library resources and programs and keep kids on track.

We know everyone will have a fantastic summer! Thank you for all you do to #keepkidslearning !

CTLS Office Closed Monday To Observe Memorial Day

The CTLS office will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 31 at 8 a.m.

Displays Make a Difference

The Wharton County Library shared their recent Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars Days displays with us and we wanted to pass these along. A well-done display can really make a difference!

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Star Wars display

As always, thanks for sharing your creativity with us!



TSLAC Survey for 2017 SRP Manual Format

In 2017, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will again be providing the Collaborative Summer Library Program‘s Summer Reading manuals to Texas libraries. However, instead of providing it on a DVD, the manual will be available to your library on a flash drive OR online with a password. Please take a moment to take this survey to let TSLAC know which way you prefer to get your SRP materials.

Next year’s theme is Build a Better World and we have already started collecting ideas on Pinterest. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!