Amazon Learns From Libraries, Again

We hear a lot of talk about libraries borrowing from the business world: Internet cafés, self checkout stations, books shelved at the front of the shelf for easy access (instead of the back to protect them from dust), people are even free to walk among the books without an escort. We do not say much about the other side of the street, but there is plenty of action there too.

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My CTLS Family

As some of you may know, beginning in January I will be the youth services librarian at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library. It is with a heavy heart that I leave my CTLS family. Over my almost 10 years at CTLS, I feel deeply in love with public libraries. Enough so that I earned my Masters during this time so that I could better support them. I have been continually encouraged to grow professionally which leads me to make this move today. I will forever be grateful for the education and support I have gotten over the years from Pat Tuohy, Laurie Mahaffey, Suzan Nyfeler, Kim Lehman, Holly Gordon, Jennifer Patterson, and Paul Waak. They are, of course, just a small part of my CTLS family.

The rest of it is all of you. All of the Texas libraries I have had the pleasure to assist over the years. In my time as a consultant with CTLS, I have learned so much from all of you. In every project I have tried to put an emphasis in sharing knowledge with each other because it is from you, who are in the stacks day after day being innovative and creative, where so much knowledge really comes. I look forward to continuing to learn from you all and hope you will keep in touch. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and my professional blog where I hope to continue sharing with other youth librarians in this new adventure. And, of course, you will continue to see me active on our email lists, CTLS-L and CTLS-Youth.

Thank you for all that you have given me over the years. My time with CTLS has been a life-changing experience that I will always cherish. While I am sad to say goodbye, I am thrilled to join your ranks and serve the Texas public.

Most sincerely,
Katelyn Patterson

Join us for our Summer Reading Program Workshop series in January!

I hope you will join us for our annual Summer Reading Program workshop series being held in January!
Spark your creativity and get great ideas to make your summer programs a success. CTLS favorite Kim Lehman will be sharing activities from the CSLP manual “Libraries Rock!” and additional ideas for all age groups, with an emphasis on elementary ages. In the afternoon we will set aside some time for participant sharing. Bring your ideas!
You can register for the workshop closest to you using the links below.

Friday, January 5th in North Richland Hills

Thursday, January 18th in San Marcos

Monday, January 22nd in Edinburg

Friday, January 26th in Livingston

Please let us know if you have any issues getting registered or if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Texas Libraries in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service

Library Journal has just announced the results of the tenth edition of the LJ Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat.

A big congratulation to the following Texas libraries who have earned stars for their services, funding levels & other factors.

Springlake-Earth Community Library
Saint Jo Public Library, Saint Jo, Texas
Fayette Public Library, La Grange, Texas
Electra Public Library, Electra, Texas
Haslet Public Library, Haslet, Texas
Seven Points’ Library, Cedar Creek Lake, Texas
Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library , Rocksprings, Texas
Bertha Voyer Memorial Library, Honey Grove, Texas
Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library, Denver City, Texas
Upton County Public Library, McCamey, Texas
Hughes Springs Area Public Library, Hughes Springs, Texas

CTLS members in BOLD.

Hancher Library Foundation Grant Recipients

These CTLS libraries received grants from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation of Columbus, Texas in amounts from $2,115 to $40,000.

Projects funded were computers, collection development, digitization, programming, and a teen area.

We are grateful to the foundation for helping our libraries! If your library received a grant and is not listed below, please contact Laurie at the system office.

Tye Preston – Canyon Lake
Dripping Springs
Port Aransas
Port O’Connor
Round Top

Congratulations to the recipient libraries and thank you to the foundation!

Central Texas Library System, Inc.

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