Welcome to the CTLS team, Kathy!

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CTLS is delighted to welcome Kathy Thaler to our staff! Kathy began working for us on July 21 and is the new Assistant Executive Director. She will be responsible for the Connect4 Literacy grant in the coming fiscal year.


Kathy is a lifelong Texan who lives in Elgin and grew up in Arlington. She has been an avid library user since childhood.  Her library work experience began with student jobs and has since included both small and large libraries, and school libraries. Kathy is a UT graduate and has Texas Teacher Certification, as well.


Her career has encompassed work with the Texas State Library, Austin Public Library, and small community libraries, as well as serving several years as a board member of the Elgin Public Library.  Her most recent position was as a campus librarian with Elgin public schools. While at Austin Public Library, Kathy was the assistant manager of the Data Systems department. She likes to read everything and loves children’s literature. Welcome to the CTLS team, Kathy!


Herman Brown Library to Host Book Tour Launch and Author Signing

A local book club and the Herman Brown Library will be joining forces to host a book tour launch and author signing on August 19th with Lisa Wingate. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations required! For more information, contact the Herman Brown Library in Burnet, TX at 512-715-5228.

Burnet Book Club Event


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The August newsletter is now available! We hope you stay cool and informed of all of the latest goings-on in Texas libraries. Enjoy!

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Library Journal Lead the Change Workshop in Houston, October 23, 2014

Lead the Change Texas/October 23, 2014 (Leadership Program)

Lead the Change! What Great Library Leaders Know and Do is an interactive workshop that guides attendees through a series of collaborative exercises that will help you harness your ideas, clarify your goals, and create a personal leadership plan.

As a participant, you will receive an action planner, and work both individually and in groups during reflection and discussion periods to build a framework for innovation and change. Throughout the day, David Bendekovic, program developer, and his co-facilitators, including recent LJ Librarians of the Year and Movers and Shakers, provide insights, best practices and leadership tools that will help you tap into personal leadership qualities to transform your career, your library and your community, no matter what your stage of career.

Lead the Change Texas/ October 23 (Leadership Program) 
Houston Public Library
500 McKinney, Houston
Houston, Texas 77002

Cost is $80

For more information, please visit their website: http://lj.libraryjournal.com/lead-the-change

Wizardry at Central Texas College

The Central Texas College has some Harry Potter fun planned at the 2014 Geefest like Quidditch Matches and a Yule Ball. The Harker Heights Public Library is involved and is extending an invitation to any others who wish to be. For more information, please visit the Geekfest website.
Hogwarts Yule Ball.

CTLS Now Hiring for ‘Bots and Books Grant

CTLS is hiring! We are looking for an enthusiastic person to join our team and train librarians who will be presenting the ‘Bots and Books program in their libraries. Please view the job description for more information. This is a one-year, part-time position. Please send filled out application and resume to:

Laurie Mahaffey, Executive Director
CTLS, Inc.
5555 North Lamar Blvd., Suite L-115
Austin,Texas 78751


Deadline for applications is August 8, 2014.

2014 Performers' Showcase... See the talent before you hire!

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We listened to you!

Please note that the Showcase is one month earlier this year.


Performers’ Showcase
Friday, November 7, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Georgetown Public Library
402 West 8th Street
Georgetown, Texas


Take time to SEE the performers and speakers BEFORE you hire them.  Visit the exhibits.  Learn how to get money to pay for performers.  Win door prizes!  Everyone in your community who books entertainment or educational presentations is invited to attend.  



$30 – CTLS members

$60 – Non-members

Fees include refreshments; lunch is on your own.

Go to www.ctls.net or click here.

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

 September 26, 2015

1:00—3:30 pm

Kyle Public Library
550 Scott Street
Kyle, Texas 78640


Rose Aleta Laurell, recently retired from directing the Bell/Whittington Library in Portland, brought technology to all ages of library patrons in the libraries where she has worked. Join us for a 4-part talk on technology in the library for varying ages of patrons: AWE stations for the little ones, Seniors in Cyberspace, E-books, and technology for teens. Bring your questions and share your experiences in this fast-paced discussion.



Go to www.ctls.net or Click here.

Questions? Call CTLS at 800- 262-4431.

July Newsletter Available!

For the latest in Texas library news, check out our July Newsletter!

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/