April is National Poetry Month!

Every April, the Academy of American Poets celebrates National Poetry Month to ensure that poetry gains national attention. They commission an artist to create a poster that can be requested for free or downloaded directly from their website. Above is an image of the 2016 poster. There are other resources available such as National Poem in Your Pocket Day, the Dear Poet project to help teachers and students engage with poetry, and tips for librarians on how to celebrate poetry.

Use this as an excuse to highlight poetry books from your collection with a display, put on a poetry slam or other special program, or even just sharing a Poem-A-Day on your social media profiles.

Wells Branch Community Library Hosts YA Authors Jodi Meadows and Sherry Thomas

Young Adult authors Jodi Meadows and Sherry Thomas will be doing a book release event and signing at the Wells Branch Community Library on Friday, April 8th at 6:30pm.

YA Authors Wells Branch

Central Texas Read The Great Gatsby

The Harker Heights Public Library, the Central Texas A&M Public Library, Copperas Cove Public Library, the Killeen Public Library, and other community libraries will be celebrating The Great Gatsby this spring. Below is a flyer with some exciting related programs. Please feel free to share this information and the flyers with co-workers, patrons, students, and or parents who may be interested in this opportunity.

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All that Jazz 2016

Public Library Division Membership Party @ TXLA2016

Look for your fellow CTLS members at the Public Library Division Membership Party at the 2016 Texas Library Association Annual Conference in Houston at the end of the month!

Public Library Division Membership Party

TLA Announces TALL Texans, Class of 2016

CTLS wishes to congratulate this year’s class of TALL Texans!

From the TLA website:

The Texas Library Association is proud to announce the Class of 2016 for the Texas Accelerated Library Leaders program, more popularly known as the TALL Texans Leadership Institute:

Maria Baagala, University of Texas at Arlington
Kelsey Brett, University of Houston
Christy Cochran, Austin Independent School District
Priscilla Delgado, San Marcos Independent School District
Jennifer De Waelsche, San Antonio Independent School District
Marianne Follis, Irving Public Library
Debbie Garza, Dawson County Public Library
Wendy Howk, Northeast Independent School District, San Antonio
Erica Hubbard, Houston Community College
Cassie Janda, Saginaw Independent School District
Angela Kent, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, Austin
Irena Klaic, Austin Community College
Lisa Kulka, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio
Morgan McMillian, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin
Anthony Micchelli, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio
Elma Nieto-Rodriguez, San Antonio Public Library
Sarah Northam, Texas A&M Commerce
Jennifer Peters, Texas State Library & Archives Commission, Austin
Cecily Ponce de Leon, Plano Public Libraries
Ray Sablack, Dallas Public Library
Andrea Schorr, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio
Sonja Schulz, Nacogdoches Independent School District
Christina Thompson, Harris County Public Library
Cindi Wynia, Amarillo Public Library

Texas State Law Library Proposal for Knight News Challenge on Libraries

The Knight Foundation recently announced the Knight News Challenge on Libraries. The topic this year is How might libraries serve 21st century information needs? This is an open call for ideas focused on advancing libraries to better serve individuals and communities in the 21st century.  There are currently 17 more days to submit a proposal for the first round of reviews.

The Texas State Law Library has requested funding to support their efforts in the Access to Justice movement. The library’s mission is to make legal information available for all Texans. Technology allows digital legal resources to be available statewide via the State Law Library’s web portal.

The State Law Library’s proposal can be read here.

Kate DiCamillo Author Event To Highlight Importance of Summer Reading

Share this live webcast author event with Kate DiCamillo, this year’s National Summer Reading Champion, with your local schools to help promote your SRP! Visit the website for more information and to register to view the live event.

From Candlewick Press press release:

REGISTER for the Kate DiCamillo May 13th Virtual Author Event and LIVE Webcast
Candlewick Press Presents
An exclusive live webcast with beloved children’s book author Kate DiCamillo
2016 National Summer Reading Champion and
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emeritus
Broadcasting LIVE from Edgewood School in Woodridge, IL
Moderated by John Schumacher – http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/
Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00-11:00 AM CDTJoin two-time Newbery award-winning author Kate DiCamillo as she discusses her newest release, Raymie Nightingale, a masterful, moving novel about an unforgettable summer friendship.

DiCamillo, in her role as National Summer Reading Champion, will also talk directly to students about the importance of summer reading and encourage signs ups at local public libraries for the 2016 program “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” You can learn more about summer reading and Kate’s advocacy for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) at: http://www.cslpreads.org/nationalsummerreadingchampion/

Sign up now! We encourage you to set up an class assembly for this live event, so all of your kids, parents, and teachers will be able to watch and participate. To view the LIVE webcast, sites need just an internet connection and web browser.

Broadcasting LIVE from Edgewood School in Woodridge, IL

Sponsored by: Candlewick Press, proud publisher of other DiCamillo favorites including Flora & Ulysses, The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Because of Winn Dixie, and the Mercy Watson series.

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Get To Know Library Journal’s 2016 Movers & Shakers

Be inspired by Library Journal’s list of 2016 Movers & Shakers. Lots of amazing work being done!

Literacy Texas To Hold West Texas Literacy Symposium on Adult Literacy


From the Literacy Texas website:

The West Texas Literacy Symposium will be held March 19 at the McKenzie Merket Alumni Center, 17th St, Lubbock, TX 79401. This professional development program will feature a variety of training topics to promote adult literacy awareness and initiatives, including a keynote from TWC AEL Director Anson Green.

See the Literacy Texas website for more information or to register for this event.

Temple Public Library Receives Library Excellence Award

CTLS wishes to congratulate the Temple Public Library who has been awarded the 2015 Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association. It is the seventh consecutive year that Temple received this award.


The award was presented to library director Leigh Gardner at the Temple City Council meeting on March 3.