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UFO Sighting in Edinburg!

UFOs and ETs return to the City of Edinburg at the annual “Out of This World!” Conference & Festival to be held on Aug. 14 & 15, 2015. Our event features the world’s most popular late night radio host George Noory, as well as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Irwin Allen’s classic science fiction television series “Lost in Space,” which premiered in 1965. Sponsored by the City of Edinburg, the Sekula Memorial Library, Edinburg Arts, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and the Edinburg Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, this year’s festival will again focus on UFOs, science-fiction, and similar “out of this world” topics. The festival features special appearances by COSMO, our resident ET, as well as several top authors and celebrities. Make plans to join us for the free admission “UFO Fiesta” on Friday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, followed on Saturday by an amazing program of multimedia presentations about UFOs and other topics at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. See you there!

For more information call Magdiel Alfonso at 956-383-6246 or email him at or visit


audie murphy performance

Lago Vista Library Kicks Off the Summer

Lago Vista Public Library kicked off opening day of their Summer Reading
Program with a bang.  They featured our own local Magician Extraordinaire,
Ryan Coleman (16) with a really great magic show for the kids.  Then they
talked about heroes and featured their own “Local Heroes Wall” and listened
while the kids gave their ideas of what a hero is and then got all excited
when they recognized some of them as friends. Here is their “Heros” poster.
Thanks to Peggy Gibson for sharing.lago vista

Health Partners at the McAllen Public Library

Changing Lives with Community Partnerships

McAllen Public Library is proudly partnering with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Needymeds to offer patron access to invaluable benefits programs. In partnership with HHSC, MPL has a computer workstation at each of its three locations specifically dedicated to self-service enrollment in Your Texas Benefits. On the Your Texas Benefits website, families and individuals may enroll for SNAP, CHIP, Medicaid, TANF, Medicare savings programs and long-term care benefits.

Needymeds provides a free drug discount card, as well as resources for free and low-cost medical clinics, funding opportunities for medical expenses, medical bill mediation and much more. Both organizations are always looking for additional library partners to support these programs. Contact HHSC and Needymeds directly for more information.


Heroes at Harker Heights Library

Several of the Harker Heights Public Library part time employees worked with the city’s incredible IT department to make a “Power Up! READ”
promotional video!

This is great video! Check it out.

harker heights photo

A Different Kind of Survey

About this time each year we ask our members about what we should do in the next year. This year’s survey is a little different and incorporates what we learned in the recent Harwood Public Innovation Labs provided by the Texas State Library. Instead of simply asking what you want from us, we are instead asking about the people you serve and how their issues affect your library. Our hope is to go beyond support for basic operations and develop programs that support the relevancy of libraries.

The first three questions are about your community because we want to understand the environment in which you work better. The following two questions are about your relationship with your community. The two remaining questions directly aid us with program development. We want to know for which library you are answering so we can look for regional trends. This leads to the last question. As we develop partnerships with other organizations, we are occasionally asked for concrete examples of the needs we describe. We would like to know how much confidentiality you want us to maintain with your response. We anticipate that total time to complete the survey will be 50 minutes, depending on how quickly you write.

The survey questions are listed below for your convenience. Please look through them before answering the survey online. This will help you spend less time on the survey itself. The survey is on SurveyGizmo at or at for short.


  1. What kind of city/county/community do you want your library to be a part of? What is your aspiration for your community? This is about hopes and dreams so a vague answer is ok.
  1. What are the 2 or 3 most important issues facing your city/county/community? Which one has the most impact on the library?
  1. What are your concerns about these issues and why?
  1. How do these issues affect you and the library?
  1. What would help improve the situation? Do not limit yourself to things you expect from CTLS. Go with the big picture and let us know about things that could help your community and your place within your community.
  1. What is the name of your library?
  1. How may we share your answers in our discussions with partners and potential partners?
    1. No secrets here; let anyone know what I said.
    2. You may draw upon what I said, but please do not link it back to my library specifically.
    3. Please keep this confidential.

Thank you.

Bots and Books Update

May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in!

The Smithville Public Library got some wonderful newspaper coverage of their Spring Break events!

Taylor Public Library patrons were lucky enough to have a big Maker Fair on March 17!

Harker Heights had a big turnout at their Build A Bot event on March 16.

And the Corpus Christi Public Library is working with local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts groups!


Smithville Public Library


Taylor Public Library

harker heights

Harker Heights Public Library

Corpus Girl Scounts Q3 4

Corpus Christi Public Library


June Newsletter Here!

Find out the latest in CTLS news.

Click here for the June Newsletter.


In this issue:

What’s new in CTLS

Survey Information

After the Harwood Public Innovators Lab

Professional Collection Update

Bots and Books Update

Texas Teen Book Festival and Great SRP ideas

Mango Languages

What’s Happening at CTLS Member Libraries

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Flood Damage Recovery in Libraries

Wimberley Village Library‘s Carolyn Manning was featured on television this weekend because her library is serving as a place where people can leave found photos for eventual recovery by their owners. WVL also hosted a photographs workshop with archival professionals from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information to help residents preserve photographs that have been damaged by the floods. We are proud of all of our libraries who are reaching out to serve their communities in this time of crisis.

Dr. Wyllys turns 85!

Former CTLS Advisory Council Chair and retired University of Texas School of Information professor Dr. Ron Wyllys turned 85 recently! Pictured here with former student CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey, Dr. Wyllys attended many a retreat and meeting for CTLS. We are grateful for his wise guidance and patience, and wish him many more happy years in retirement!

CTLS Advisory Council Chair turns 85!

CTLS Advisory Council Chair turns 85!