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December Newsletter is Here!

2014 December Newsletter

In the December Newsletterwebsite shot you will find:

Programs and services libraries are offering

E-Rate News

Possible grants

Traveling exhibit

YAK Fest 2015 (Young Adult Keller Book Festival)

Talking Book Storytime

Vendor Corner – Advanced Workstations in Education (AWE)

Library Spotlight – Wharton County Library and Storywalk at the Schertz Public Library

Member Library News

SRP Workshop

Friday, January 9, 2015 – Elgin

Monday, January 12, 2015 – Edinburg

Thursday, January 15, 2015 – Bedford


November Newsletter is Here!

Find out about new CTLS staff member Paul Waak and learn about Lake Whitney’s helpful robot. Learn how to get grant money for Summer Reading Program performers. Don’t forget to order your SRP materials from the Texas State Library by November 15. Participate in the International Game Day. Find out what other libraries are doing around Texas.

Click Here for the full scoop. 2014 November Newsletter

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Sprouting Green Weeding Practices

Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s bookstore, has recently finished a project partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Our project, Sprouting Green Weeding Practices in Libraries, highlights the story of Recycled Reads and encourages other libraries to take on more sustainable weeding practices. A big part of our mission is to inform library users about the positive impacts of weeding, especially when ex-library media is repurposed and recycled. Even more, we focus our programming and events on the education of sustainability literacy to our customers and to the general Austin Public Library population.

The main goal of this project is to get libraries to join in on a conversation about weeding. We are arguing here that maintaining an accurate, lively collection through weeding is just as important as selecting new titles and planning innovative programs. To take it a step further, the material removed from a library is the responsibility of that library. Librarians need to take a “womb to tomb” approach to collections and ensure that library materials are not tossed in the landfill when there are other options for recycling and repurposing.

Life Sized Candy Land

The Wilson County Public Library had a Life-Size Candyland Game as a fundraiser to help pay for performers during our Summer Reading Program. Thanks to Nicki Stohr for sharing this with us!

Paying customers ($2.00 per person) were treated as the game piece with family spinners and a good luck wish:
1) Take a dip in the Chocolate Swamp were folks could dunk pretzels, marshmallows, and wafer cookies in a creamy chocolate bath (bottom of a chocolate fountain).
2) Travel through the Chocolate Mountains. Our long meeting table covered in large size Kisses with scattered Hershey Kisses
3) Walk around Gum Drop Lake ( kiddie pool filled with air filled water balloons).
4) The next leg of travel was through Lollipop Forrest which was a small obstacle course where folks were encouraged not to touch a balloon. It rounded through the stacks.
5) The grand finale was at the Princesses Castle where players were rewarded with a goodie of a bag of candy and coupons [free Subway cookies, free Redbox rental, free Whataburger meal]
Note: We added a special square throughout the game board (the library). Our special Candy tree was loaded with all kinds of candy.

The response was so well received that we have been asked to repeat next year.
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Texas Vietnam Veterans Exhibit

Pattie Mayfield, director of the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library in Honey Grove shared about their exhibit. ”

We currently have the Texas Vietnam Veterans Exhibit at our library.  It is a prestigious  – they have only been to large cities, we are the smallest site so far.  The Artist of the exhibit, Don Dorsey told us that we were the second largest attendance at an opening ceremony in the state (behind San Antonio)!  We are extremely proud to have been able to bring this exhibit to such a small town – and have such a great turnout.  It will be here through November 15th – daily from 10-5.”

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Celebrations in Lake Whitney

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Susan Mann, Laurie Mahaffey and Denice Carter

Lake Whitney is loving their new library! They held a grand opening on October 4 to celebrate their badly needed new library. Joining them was Susan Mann the Texas Library Association President and director of the Hillsboro Library, Laurie Mahaffeywhitney the executive director of CTLS, and Denise Carter directer of the Lake Whitney Public Library.

October Newsletter is Here!

Click here to view the CTLS 2014 October Newsletter.

In this issue:

Overview of the Members Meeting in Kyle, Classifying books, Bots and Books, What’s happening in other libraries, Upcoming Showcase and Summer Reading Program Workshops



Author Elizabeth Crook at Lakeshore Library October 15

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Library Day in Harker Heights

Lisa Youngblood, director of the Harker Heights Public Library (on the right) and her daughter Sheridan celebrate “Library Day” at Barnes and Noble. They signed up people for cards on the spot and offered a variety of programs throughout the day including a Fun and Fantasy storytime. Fun was had by all!harker heights

Bots and Books with Katelyn

CTLS’ very own Katelyn Patterson will be taking over the administration of the Books and Bots grant. She has worked for CTLS for over 5 years in many capacities ranging from bookkeeping to grant reporting to social media and website communications. Having recently wrapped up her Masters in Library Science at the University of North Texas and having a personal interest in science, she will step naturally and eagerly into this role. Katelyn is excited to get the opportunity to work with you to bring this exciting grant to many new and familiar libraries.

 Katelyn PattersonKatelyn has broad experience in traveling the state and has volunteered at one of the Austin branch libraries, in addition to her CTLS work. We are delighted that she has agreed to take on the grant. E-mail her at