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Displays Make a Difference

The Wharton County Library shared their recent Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars Days displays with us and we wanted to pass these along. A well-done display can really make a difference!

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Cinco de Mayo closeup 2016

Star Wars display

As always, thanks for sharing your creativity with us!

 

 

TSLAC Survey for 2017 SRP Manual Format

In 2017, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission will again be providing the Collaborative Summer Library Program‘s Summer Reading manuals to Texas libraries. However, instead of providing it on a DVD, the manual will be available to your library on a flash drive OR online with a password. Please take a moment to take this survey to let TSLAC know which way you prefer to get your SRP materials.

Next year’s theme is Build a Better World and we have already started collecting ideas on Pinterest. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

Another Rebel Base in Taylor!

The Taylor Public Library also celebrated Star Wars Day with a lightsaber training and fight with balloon lightsabers! They had other games, crafts, and Star Wars materials on display. The day was wrapped up with a showing of The Force Awakens. Sounds even more fun than going to Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!

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The Force Is Strong in Harker Heights

The entire week of May 2nd-7th was Star Wars Week at the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library. They had Teen Star Wars Cantina, “Mothers Are Out of This World” storytimes, and Star Wars Science. 

Here is a picture of the Mandalorian Mercs standing with Master Lisa (Jedi) just after they came to our Homeschool Star Wars Science program.

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They wrapped up with the week with a big event on Saturday, May 7 from 2-4 pm. They had Jedi and Sith practice, light saber crafts, Star Wars science, a Star Wars Cantina, games, a “Droid Factory” with Lego Robotics and recycled electronics, costumed characters, games, trivia, and more.

These patrons had a high midi-chlorian count! Looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing with us, Harker Heights!

Star Wars Day at the Harker Heights Public Library

 

San Marcos Public Library SRP Promotion Video

Check out this great video promoting Summer Reading from the San Marcos Public Library. A videographer that works for the city put a series of videos together at no cost to them and they will be sharing them over social media to help promote.

Thanks for sharing this with us, San Marcos!

 

Cedar Park to Hold Edible Book Contest

Don’t read this on an empty stomach! The Cedar Park Public Library is going to hold an Edible Book Contest!

From their website:

Enjoy sweet treats while checking out this display of the community’s culinary creativity. Or join in the fun and bring your own entry! Visit the library to view a display of sample edible books and get inspired. Participants must arrive with entries between 1 and 1:30 p.m. Up for grabs as prizes are Target gift cards! For information call 401-5630. This event is for all ages and we promise there will be cake!

This event sounds delicious!

CTLS Board May Meeting in Boerne

The May meeting of the CTLS Board will be this coming Friday, May 20th at 10 a.m. at the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne.

 

Agenda:

  1. Call to Order
  2. Minutes of March meeting
  3. Treasurer’s report
  4. Continuing business
  5. New business
  6. Board Concerns
  7. Adjourn

 

Please contact Laurie Mahaffey with questions.

Exoplanet Kiosk Installation at the Johnson City Library

Paul Waak recently paid a visit to the Johnson City Library to help install the CTLS rotating Exoplanet Kiosk. The exhibit is an interactive kiosk that gets constant updates from the Kepler mission, which is searching for Earth-like exoplanets, planets that orbit another sun outside of our solar system, throughout the galaxy. The kiosk gets live updates from the Space Science Center or Jet Propulsion Labs with any breaking discoveries.

So far, the kiosk has visited Pflugerville, Taylor, Wells Branch, Harker Heights, and Johnson City.

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ALA Virtual Membership Meeting, June 2nd

Are you a member of ALA? Consider attending this free, one-hour virtual membership meeting to participate in organizational business. From an ALA press release:

Virtual Membership Meetings are an important way in which personal members may affect what ALA does. VMM is an annual online forum where ALA leaders present information about topics of interest to the general membership. All ALA personal members may register for and participate in the VMM. Virtual Membership Meetings are part of ALA’s ongoing efforts to reach out interactively to members about its strategic direction, budget priorities and topics of interest. Live captioning is provided for all participants.

VMM16 is a terrific way to have your voice heard, to discuss essential topics with other members, and to connect with colleagues, old and new. Live captioning is provided so all registrants can participate.  It is your chance to contribute, connect, and engage. This virtual meeting will:

*         update you about ALA’s strategic directions and finances;

*         discuss topics related to the Libraries Transform public awareness campaign and the work of the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and

*         provide participants the opportunity to submit and to vote on resolutions or testimonials.

You can learn more about the meeting and register here.

Webinar to Learn More About CPP Vendor BiblioBoard

Join our Commercial Partnership Program Manager Samantha Simpson for this webinar on Tuesday, June 28th at 1pm CT to learn more about Biblioboard. Contact Sammie to register for the webinar or for more information.

SELF-e is BiblioBoard’s newest service and it’s in partnership with Library Journal. SELF-e allows libraries to support local writers and indie authors by showcasing their books in the Indie Texas collection.  All books submitted through SELF-e are evaluated by Library Journal for quality. Those books selected for top quality are available across the US and Canada, allowing authors to gain additional exposure.   You can find a quick (3 minute) video on the SELF-e tool here: https://vimeo.com/142144990
Creator is the second community engagement program offered by BiblioBoard. The Creator program allows libraries to curate and showcase multimedia digital exhibits. You can showcase digital archives and special collections along with video and audio of public events, children’s programs, art exhibits, local musicians and much more. Here are a couple of ways other forward thinking libraries are using Creator. Connect with and showcase local musicians: https://vimeo.com/152756711 Showcase library programming: https://vimeo.com/133568663 Work with local artists: https://vimeo.com/149453243

BiblioBoard work with innovative libraries in Texas and across the US to assist them in meeting their community engagement initiatives. Libraries are subscribed to the BiblioBoard platform to assist with community engagement objectives they have set for the year.