Presidents' Day Holiday

The CTLS office will be closed on Monday, February 17 for the Presidents’ Day Holiday.

We will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18.

February Newsletter is Here!

Enjoy our February Newsletter.

Stay warm!

What is in this issue:

  • CTLS Members Running for Texas Library Association Leadership Positions
  • Texas Book Reviews
  • Youth Media Award Winners
  • Science Resources
  • SPR Workshops and Photos
  • CTLS Member Library News




PALS Winter Networking Meeting

Librarians in the Piney Woods are invited to a meeting at the T. L. L. Temple Memorial Library in Diboll on Friday, February 7, 2014. Registration and networking begin at 9 a.m. and the program starts at 10 a.m. New TSLAC Director and Librarian Mark Smith will share his vision for Texas libraries and will listen to your concerns about TSLAC programs that impact public libraries. Pat Tuohy, CTLS Executive Director, will be recruiting libraries for a Science Rocks grant application to bring the Trail Blazer mobile science lab to libraries in East Texas. The Trail Blazer is a hands-on science and technology trailer designed to make STEM subjects fun for children. Two Piney Woods ladies are already working on grant applications to local foundations. Library directors, Friends of the Library, staff, and board members are welcome. If you know someone in your schools who would benefit, please invite them as well. Register by clicking on the arrow on the calendar to see February, then sign up. Call CTLS at 1-800-262-4431 for assistance.

Holiday Closing January 20

The CTLS office will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2014 for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

Gretchen Pruett and Edge Initiative Featured in American Libraries Magazine

Have you seen the article on the Edge Initiative in the most recent issue of American Libraries Magazine? It features CTLS’ own Gretchen Pruett! Check it out on page 36 of the January/February 2014 issue!

Happy 2014!

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2014 holds many more exciting things for CTLS and our members. We can’t wait to share another amazing year with each and everyone of you! Ring in the new year with our latest newsletter!

Everyone at CTLS hopes that you have a safe and happy new year!

Learning through Literacy: Grant Connects AISD Schools with Libraries

Check out this wonderful article on our Connect 4 Literacy grant!


November 20, 2013 (reprinted from the Austin ISD website:

Late last month, kindergarten students at Graham Elementary School filed in, one by one, into their school library.

They tried to suppress their chatter and curiosity as they sat in the brightly colored, book-lined room, but today it was hard: a guest was at their campus, after all, and they had been summoned to meet her here, where she had with her a treasure trove of good books.

The guest pulled out the first one, “Miss McKenzie had a Farm,” and began reading. With each turn of the page, the students giggled and sat wide-eyed as the story unfolded.

To the students, the significance of this moment might not be immediately realized. But to their principal Blaine Helwig, it is monumental.

That’s because the guest is Josefina Rodriguez-Gibbs, the children’s librarian at the Little Walnut Branch Library. While the library is only three and a half miles away from the campus, for many of the students this is their first introduction to Rodriguez-Gibbs and their public library. Helwig hopes that by bringing the two together he can bridge a gap between his campus and public library, so that reading is not something that only happens for the students at school, during the school day. It instead becomes a habit and a life-long love, one that the library—and the entire community—has a stake in and nurtures.

To read the rest of the article, please visit the Austin ISD website.

Another Performers Showcase Success!

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One of our favorite events here at CTLS is our annual Performers Showcase put on by Youth Services Specialist Kim Lehman. This year was no different! Though ice was in the forecast, the weather wasn’t as bad as predicted. We want to give a special thanks to the Georgetown Public Library for being fantastic hosts of this wonderful event! One attendee said, ““I really liked seeing performers that fit the theme for SRP or showed how they could adapt their shows for different topics. It’s important to me that performers are not only fun, but fit a varity of ages and emphasize (or sneak in) literacy and learning.”



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Already Thinking Ahead to the Summer

Thinking about summer programs and the Collaborative Summer Library Program ?

Here are three opportunities to get warmed up for summer in January. Receive CE credit and get lots of ideas for your program.

January 10: Join CTLS at the Lancaster Veteran’s Memorial Library from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. The afternoon is a Performer’s Showcase. Click here for more information and to register!


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January 17th: Join CTLS at the Schertz Public Library from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Click here for more information and to register!



January 24th: Join CTLS at the Harker Heights Public Library from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Click here for more information and to register!

See you there!

Austin ISD Collaborating with Independent Book Seller, BookPeople

Check out this Publishers Weekly article about an interesting collaborative project happening with Austin’s indy bookstore BookPeople and CTLS Member Austin ISD! Does your library have any inspiring community collaboration projects happening? Please let us know!

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