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!
Check out this wonderful article on our Connect 4 Literacy grant!
November 20, 2013 (reprinted from the Austin ISD website: http://www.austinisd.org/announcements/learning-through-literacy-grant-connects-aisd-schools-libraries
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.
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.”
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!
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!
The Texas State Library has put together a list of free CE and training offered online in the month of December. Here are the offerings left for the month.
Wednesday December 18, 2013
Measuring Impact: Redefining Scholarly Value Through New Data – DDAL Pt. 3 (Library Journal)
Thursday December 19, 2013
Congrats to the Temple Memorial Library in Diboll, TX on celebrating such a milestone! Here’s to 50 more! Check out this great local news video spot: KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas
Featuring some of the best educational and entertaining performers and speakers for children, teens and adults!
Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer for a school, library, museum or community event?
Friday, December 6, 2013
Georgetown Public Library
402 West 8th Street
Georgetown, Texas (near Austin
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Refreshments and sign-in, 8:15-8:45 a.m.
Cost is $30 for CTLS member libraries;
$60 for non-members.
Fees include refreshments; lunch is on your own.
For more information, contact Kim Lehman at Kim.Lehman@ctls.net or 512-583-0704 or 800-262-4431.
Check out over 200 entries in the CTLS Performer’s List at www.ctls.net
And we’re off! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, please start sharing your December holiday programming, event, and display ideas! Don’t forget that we will be posting ideas on our Pinterest page if you haven’t come up with anything brilliant yet!
Check out the fun they are having in Floresville at the Wilson County Public Library with their Elf on the Shelf! Their big event for the month of December features Sam the Elf on the Shelf who will be reporting back to Santa on their behavior.
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