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Memorial Day Closing

The CTLS Office will be closed on Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

We will re-open on Tuesday, May 26 at 8 a.m.


Midland Library Works with the Symphony


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MIDLAND, TX – The Midland Public Library and Library Foundation are teaming up with the Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale to present 7 free concerts at local libraries between now and November. The initiative has been funded by a grant from the Arts Council of Midland.

The series includes concerts for both children and adults, and will feature a mix of each of the symphony’s four chamber ensembles. Tonight’s debut concert features the Permian Basin String Quartet at 4:00pm at the Downtown Library.

Family Place Libraries

Congratulations to the staff of the six CTLS libraries who are going to New York for Family Place Library training. This is GREAT news!

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove
Bryan+College Station Library
McAllen Public Library
Nueces  County Library, Robstown
Pasadena Public Library
Wilson County Library, Floresville

The Family Place Libraries Mission

The mission of Family Place Libraries™ is to increase the capacity of libraries throughout the nation to recognize and realize their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement and lifelong learning beginning at place

Teens Create a Library Video

The teens at the Larry Ringer Library in College Station created a promotional library video with the help of Cindy Oser. What fun!

The link is under the “sponsored by” logo.

The song “At the Library” by Bill Harley is a great addition to the video!

Thanks to Kendra Perkins for sharing!

The May Newsletter is Here!

In this issue…

  • cover captureConference Wrap-Up
  • CTLS Long Range Planning Committee
  • CTLS Professional Collection
  • Tech Tools Harwood Public Innovators Lab
  • Continuing Education
    Technology for the Future Without Going Broke
    Customer Service in a Changing World
  • Wilson County Public Libraries Become Family Place Libraries
  • Shopper’s Corner – Eventkeeper
  • What’s Happening
  • CTLS Calendar

Elvis Lives!

The Schulenburg Public Library Friends present The King Lives! Saturday, May 23 at Sengelmann Hall in downtown Schulenburg (across the street from the railroad tracks and west of Hwy 77 – south of Interstate 10). Doors open at 6 pm. Elvis will be preceded by Marilyn Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person. Contact the library for more information: 979-743-3345. Sengelmann Hall is a historic restored dance hall that also serves delicious food. The evening will conclude with Kraig Parker and his 4-piece tribute band at 10 p.m.


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National Library Week in McAllen

The staff from the McAllen Public Library Main, Palm View and Lark locations posed this question to staff and patrons, “What unlimited possibilities do the McAllen Public Libraries provide for you?” The video was produced by Danica Salazar, Teen Assistant, and members of the Teen Theatre Club. The final product can be viewed at


‘Bots and Books Update

‘Bots and Books

March has been a busy time for ‘Bots and Books participating libraries. Many did kick off camps and teasers for their summer reading programs during Spring Break. Thank you to all the libraries who are sharing their stories, lessons learned, and pictTaylor Makers Fair March 17 (7)ures with us!

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April Newsletter Here!

In this edition:

CTLS members presenting at this year’s Texas Library Association Annual Conference.

The Libri Foundation grant

Makerspaces Webinar

Free Training: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

“Bots and Books Update

Making Early Literacy Fun with the Play Read Grow Program! By Kathleen Houlihan

Programs, events, updates from our member libraries.

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Presenters at the Texas Library Association Conference




We have a number of CTLS members presenting at TLA. We are so proud of everyone who is contributing valuable information to help other librarians better serve their communities. Sorry if we missed anyone. Let us know if anyone from your library is a presenter.

Amy Mullins, Austin – E-Resource Management

Bethni King, Georgetown – Maverick Con

Bette McDowell, Pflugerville – Nuts and Bolts of Adult Programming

Brenda Branch, John Gillum and Toni Lambert, Austin—Austin’s Library of the Future

Catherine Ward-Crixell, New Braunfels – STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

Cesar Garza, Austin – Social Media and Marketing

Christina Hicks, Friendswood – Teens and Tweens Programming

Cindy Beno, Austin – The Benefits of e-Books

Cynthia Oser, College Station – Teen Ambassadors @ the Library

Devo Carpenter and Kathleen Houlihan, Austin – Every Child Ready to Read

Eric Lashley, Georgetown—In Sync with Your Community

Jane Dance and Amy German – The Tween/Teen Librarian Team

Jane Dance, Round Rock – STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

Jean Meadows, Corpus Christi – STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

Jennifer Bigheart, Westbank – Radical RA

Joshua Romero, Corpus Christi – STE(A)M Ahead with Tweens and Teens

Julie Todaro, Austin Community College – Libraries and South-by-Southwest and Librarians United

Kanya Lyons, Austin – Marketing 101 for Libraries

Karen Ellis, Taylor – Apps and e-Books in Storytime and Instruction

Kate Horan, McAllen – Nuts and Bolts of Improving Efficiency in Public Libraries

Katelyn Patterson, CTLS – Social Media and Marketing

Kim Lehman, CTLS — Storytelling 101 and Then Some

Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights – Promoting Arts Programming in the Library

Maria Redburn, Bedford – Nuts and Bolts of Improving Efficiency in Public Libraries

Martin Shulpa, Baytown – Success with Multiple e-Content Vendors

Mary Ann Williams, Westbank – Sync Up!

Michelle Beebower, Austin – Teens and Tweens Programming

Mindy Reed, Austin – One Book, One Conference

Susan Chandler, Columbus – Nuts and Bolts of Adult Programming

Tim Stanley, Austin – Advanced Fundraising for Libraries and Foundations

Toni Lambert, Austin – Things Every New Librarians Should Know to Get Hired