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Got a brilliant idea you want to share? Want to brag about a recent program? Don’t forget to send us pictures and updates. Space allowing, we will share on the website, through social media, or in the newsletter!

Date Change for YALSA's Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin

YALSA YA Lit November 2014

YALSA’s Young Adult Literature Symposium
Date Change: November 14-16, 2014
Austin, TX

 Registration is now open for the YALSA, Young Adult Literature Symposium to be held in Austin at the Hyatt Regency. Please note the date change from previous announcements. Visit their website for more information: http://yalitsymposium12.ning.com/


Austin Teen Book Festival

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Austin Teen Book Festival

October 18, 2014

St. Edward’s University
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704


 This free event has grown from a modest teen event held in 2009 at Westlake High School, to one of the largest teen book festivals of its kind. The Publicity Director is Jen Bigheart from CTLS member Westbank Community Libraries.

TLA's Annual Assembly, July 8-10 in Austin

Calling all library enthusiasts! TLA’s Annual Assembly takes places next week in Austin, July 8-10, in Austin. Join your colleagues in planning for the Association’s activities over the coming year.

Fun networking events, free CE (see the list below), and the chance to shape professional initiatives over the coming year are on the agenda. Hot topics include copyright, staff training, the State Library’s TexQuest program, social media and website development, grants and funding, legislative happenings, and much more! See Assembly Highlights for the full schedule of events and meetings.

In additional to the annual luncheon, which will feature Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee Byron Cook, meet up with your friends for a fun riverboat cruise and BBQ dinner.

Registration is now open.

Special Events at Assembly


·       Introduction to TLA Finances: 5-5:30 pm. Chairs are invited to learn about TLA budgeting and financial policies and practices that impact units and committees. Presented by Glenda Genchur, TLA Director of Administration.

·       Chairs Planning Session: 7-9 pm. All TLA committee and unit (division, round table, district, interest group) chairs are encouraged to attend this session designed to provide resources for smooth navigation through TLA’s operations. Get answers to your questions in small group discussions with Executive Board liaisons.



For Texas Ballroom 1

8:30-9:20 am: Introduction to Constant Contact (speaker TBA)

9:30-10:50 am: Ten Things Your Website Must Have by Richard Dietz

11:00-11:50 am: Business Reference Online 101 by April Kessler

1:00-2:20 pm: Grantsmanship 101 by Toni Turner

2:30-4:20 pm: Tech Tools with Tine: Introduction to Google Scholar by Tine Walczyk


For Foothills 1

8:30-9:20 am: How to Talk to IT Staff by Tine Walczyk

9:30-10:50 am: Building an Effective and Revenue Generating Friends Board by Mary Beth Harrington

11-11:50 am: TBA

1-2:20 pm: Social Media Marketing by Laura Young

2:30-4:20 pm: Grants Administration & Management by Carolyn Appleton


Special Wednesday Events

Ten Things You Need to Know about Copyright, 5:30 – 6:30 pm: All-Assembly discussion forum led by copyright legal specialist and attorney Gretchen McCord. (Free CE credit.)

Support Staff Training, 7:30 – 8:15 pm. Learn about the opportunities in CE for support staff and hear a preview of the forthcoming webinar series by Julie Todaro.

TSLAC’s New TexQuest, online resources for schools, 7:30 – 8:15 pm: The latest info on  K-12 databases from TSLAC’s Len Bryan. (Free CE credit.)

Legislative Update, 8:30 – 9:15 pm: Find out what ahead during the 84th Legislative Session and what you can do to help increase support for libraries. (Free CE credit.)

Dine-Arounds: Join a group for dinner at a local restaurant.



Exhibits, 10 am – 4 pm (List as of July 1)

·       Aunt Boos Books

·       BrainPOP

·       EBSCO

·       Gale Cengage Learning

·       Godfrey’s Associates, Inc.

·       Library Interiors of Texas

·       Overlooked Books

·       Pro Forma Architecture, Inc.

·       The RoadRunner Press

·       SocioSights Press

·       Somohano USA

·       Stars Information Solutions

·       Texas Woman’s University

·       Texserve/Dallas County Schools

Luncheon; speaker is Rep. Byron Cook, Chair of the House State Affairs Committee

Enjoy BBQ and a river boat cruise on Lady Bird Lake with some of your favorite TLA friends.


TLA thanks our Annual Assembly sponsors: EBSCO & LearningExpress, LLC.

Gloria Meraz

Director of Communications

Texas Library Association


CTLS Office Closed for July 4th

The CTLS office will be closed next Friday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day. We will re-open at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 7. Have happy and safe celebrations!



Round Rock Library Going Hat Crazy

This summer, Ana, a local 9 year old,  provided instruction at the Round Rock Public Library on how to make knitted hats using Rainbow Looms.  She came up with the idea on how to do this and is sharing with us all, so that we can make hats to donate to patients at Dell Children’s Medical Center. So far kids have made about 60 hats to give away.

For more information click here.

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Jane Dance and Ana modeling the hats.

Laurie Mahaffey Named Executive Director of CTLS, Inc.

Laurie Mahaffey Announcement

On behalf of the Board of Directors I am pleased to announce that Laurie Mahaffey has accepted appointment as Executive Director of CTLS, Inc. Laurie has been an important member of the CTLS staff since 1991, serving as Deputy Director since 2005. She has long experience in public libraries and is committed to the public library of Texas. Her enthusiasm for libraries and the role of CTLS in supporting and improving public libraries in Texas promises continued success for the organization.
I know you join me in welcoming Laurie to the position of Executive Director and look forward to continuing to work with her and the staff for the benefit of public libraries in Texas.

Larry Ringer, Chair
Board of Directors

Romance Writers of America host Librarians Day in San Antonio

Romance Writers Librarian Day



The Houston-based nonprofit Romance Writers of America is holding their annual conference in San Antonio and will be hosting a one-day seminar entitled “Librarians Day.”

This event, which features educational sessions as well as networking opportunities with authors and a luncheon, will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter & Riverwalk on Wednesday, July 23.

The attendance fee is only $25 and encompasses the educational sessions, the luncheon, a librarian/author mixer, and the parking on-site at the hotel.  For more information, please see the event flyer or visit www.rwa.org/librariansday.

Science at the Comanche Public Library

The Comanche Public Library had a science program for students that took their robotics project to a State competition this year.  The students presented a great demo.  A local engineer spoke with them about his profession and encouraged the kids to study hard. Thanks to Margaret Waring for sharing these with us.comanche4 - croppedcomanche3-croppedcomanch5

May/June Newsletter Available!

Good morning! While you sip your coffee, catch up on the latest CTLS news in our most recent newsletter. We hope to find you well this Tuesday morning!

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