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Texas Archeology Month displays at Jourdanton Community Library

From the Pleasanton Express website:

Texas Archeology Month displays at Jourdanton Community Library


A big display case inside the Jourdanton Community Library exhibits is filled with artifacts, recognizing Texas Archeology Month. Standing by display are Dorothy Manning, Librarian and Barbara Westbrook, President, Atascosa County Historical Society. 

A big display case inside the Jourdanton Community Library exhibits is filled with artifacts, recognizing Texas Archeology Month. Standing by display are Dorothy Manning, Librarian and Barbara Westbrook, President, Atascosa County Historical Society. LEON ZABAVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS October is the month when organizations, institutions and individuals organize special events in communities across the state. The Atascosa County Historical Commission has partnered with the Jourdanton Community Library to create an archeology exhibit for all to see. The display begins in the lobby of the library and features interesting facts and pictures, a suggested reading list and coloring book pages to take home and color. The big display case inside the library is filled with artifacts from Atascosa, Wilson, Brewster Counties as well as some Apache items that were found in Arizona.

Archeologists study past peoples and cultures by excavating and examining material remains as simple as an arrowhead or as complex as the ruins of a prehistoric village. Archeologists study ancient cultures as well as recent historic occupations. They are interested in animal bones, plant remains and certain stone materials when these things occur at archeological sites and have a clear relationship to human activity. Animal bones that show evidence of hunting or butchering can shed light on what past inhabitants ate and details about the environment they inhabited. Stones interest archeologists if they were used for making tools, lining a hearth or building a structure.

Texas Archeology Month display in the lobby of Jourdanton Community Library. At the display are Barbara Westbrook, Atascosa County Historical Society President and Dorothy Manning, Librarian. 

Texas Archeology Month display in the lobby of Jourdanton Community Library. At the display are Barbara Westbrook, Atascosa County Historical Society President and Dorothy Manning, Librarian. LEON ZABAVA | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Everyone is invited to come and see the exhibit. It will remain in place the entire month of October. The library is open from 8:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.


Austin Public Library Youth Services Band Puts Kids’ Books to Music

From the Austin Public Library website:

Connecting kids to a love of reading through the power of music!

Come dance along with Echo and the Bats – Austin’s first All Youth Librarian band! You’ve seen their storytimes, now come hear some of your favorite kids’ books put to music! Familiar stories, familiar tunes, all new fun for the whole family! We use our love for books and music to blend the two into a brand new kind of show that makes reading and rocking go hand in hand!

Tunes from Echo & the Bats

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus  A blend of two of our favorite things:  Mo Willems’ book of the same title, and the Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down”
I Like Myself Inspired by the Karen Beaumont book, I Like Myself, and the Ramones “California Sun”
Tiny Dinosaurs Our cover of the amazing song about Pet-Sized Dinosaurs by the band Lunch Money
Will You Still Read Me A reimagining of the Shirelle’s “Will You Still Love Me” from the perspective of a beloved book
Spider Crawlin’ Up the Spout A new spin on the old storytime classic, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” but with structure and melody pulled from the Vaselines’ “Son of a Gun”
Reading So Merrily Fans of Adventure Time will recognize this as Ashley Eriksson’s “Island Song” reimagined as a song about the library
Dancing Song An original work by Mr. Gabriel, bass player for Echo and the Bats

CTLS Performer Showcase Coming Up on November 6th!

Don’t forget to register for the CTLS Performer Showcase coming up soon on Friday, November 6th at the Georgetown Public Library!

Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer
for a school, library, museum or community event?

Come see the talent before you hire!

CTLS Showcase 2015-2016

Friday, November 6, 2015

Georgetown Public Library

402 West 8th Street

Georgetown, Texas (near Austin


Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshments and sign-in, 8:15-8:45 a.m.


Attendee Registration:

Cost is $30 for CTLS member libraries;

$60 for non-members.

Register online

Fees include refreshments; lunch is on your own.


For more information, contact or 512-583-0704 or 800-262-4431.

Check out over 200 entries in the CTLS Performer’s List at


TSLAC Webinars on Library Services for Veterans

From the TSLAC website:

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is pleased to announce a very special Webinar series scheduled for this fall — Providing Library Services for Military and Veteran Communities in Texas. All Texas library staff are encouraged to attend — from directors and managers to frontline staff and volunteers. Detailed program descriptions and registration links are listed below, and we ask that you please share this information widely with your colleagues.

Part One: The National Landscape and Military/Veteran Cultural Competency

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT

We begin this special four part Webinar series with a survey of military and veteran communities at the national level — who are these communities and what services do they seek? What are the major veterans service organizations and essential resources of which all librarians should be aware? We also spend a portion of this webinar on military and veteran cultural competency. This webinar will be presented by Kristen Mulvihill, veteran, consultant and author of the upcoming book Serving Those Who Served: Librarians’ Guide to Working With Military and Veteran Communities.

1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC-eligible (provider #500799)

Register here:

Part Two: The Texas Landscape

Friday, November 6, 2015 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CST

Part two of our Webinar series takes an in-depth look at the Texas veteran and military landscape. What are the current statistics and trends related to these communities here in the Lone Star State? What major service organizations are available to veteran and military communities in Texas? Which are the noteworthy Texas-specific resources currently available? This webinar will be presented by Aaron Smith, Community Outreach Liaison for the Texas Veterans Commission and Perry Jefferies, TexVet Initiative Manager.

1 TSLAC CE hour, SBEC-eligible (provider #500799)

Register here:

Part Three: Public Library Services and Programming

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Part three of our Webinar series provides concrete ideas for public libraries who wish to either develop or enhance their services and programming for our veteran and military communities. We’ll include ideas for public libraries of all sizes and capability – from basic ideas that require minimal budget/staff time to more comprehensive programs. This webinar will include specific examples from Texas public libraries and you’ll hear firsthand from a panel of Texas public library staff about their experiences. Moderated by Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant for the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, this webinar is co-presented with Patricia Altamirano of the Dallas Public Library, Veronica Anderson of the San Antonio Public Library, Judy Bergeron of the Smithville Public Library, and Pattie Mayfield of the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library.

1 TSLAC CE hour

Register here:

Part Four: Academic Library Services and Programming

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST

Our final Webinar in this series focuses on academic library services and programming. Have you noticed the number of military veterans and service members increasing on your campus?  Are you interested in learning more about this important student population and strategies for better supporting them?  This webinar, presented by a former student veteran, will discuss recent trends in veteran college enrollment and explain what makes student veterans unique. It will also provide concrete strategies that libraries can employ to help veterans feel welcome in the library. This webinar will be presented by Sarah LeMire, First Year Experience and Outreach Librarian, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

1 TSLAC CE hour

Register here:

Questions or concerns about this series? Please contact:

Naomi DiTullio, Distance Learning Consultant
Library Development and Networking Division
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
1-800-252-9386 (toll free in Texas) or 512-936-2586


Have you ordered your Summer Reading Program materials?

From TSLAC website:

Getting Started

Getting ready for the 2016 Texas Summer Reading Program is easy:

Step 1 Take delivery of your free program manuals on DVD from the State Library in early October, 2015
Step 2 Create a login on the CSLP web site, if your library does not already have one
Step 3 Subscribe to the Summer Reading eNewsletter if you haven’t already done so
Step 4 Order your free materials from the State Library before November 15, 2015
Step 5 Order additional incentives, at your own expense, from CSLP/Upstart before December 1, 2015 to guarantee delivery by March 1, 2016

Applications for 2016 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Being Accepted Now

From the TSLAC blog:

Small public libraries, it’s time to apply for your 2016 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award grant now! Eligible public libraries serving populations under 20,000 can apply for cash grants to purchase books. Applications for the 2016 awards must be received before December 18, 2015.

Eligible libraries must: serve a population of 20,000 or less, be legally established, and be open for service at least 20 hours per week. Award amounts vary depending upon the net income of the Trust but as an example, in 2013, there were four awards of $8,000 each.

Announcement of the awards is made at the annual meeting of the Texas Library Association.
Get all the eligibility details and information about how to apply here.

Questions? Contact James B. Stewart, Chairman of the J. Frank Dobie Library Trust, by email at

National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct 18-24



From the United for Libraries website:

United for Libraries will coordinate the 10th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24, 2015. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

Explore ideas and resources:

Free Webcast: Anatomy of a Successful Library Campaign: Real World Tips for Getting the Funding You Need

In celebration of the ninth annual National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct.19-25, 2014, United for Libraries recorded a webinar with Libby Post of Communication Services and Doreen Hannon, executive director of the Salem-South Lyon (Mich.) District Library, who discussed the library’s successful millage campaign, developed thanks to a Neal-Schuman grant. Watch the free recording, which runs just over one hour.

Doreen Hannon received a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a MLIS degree from Wayne State University. She has worked at the Salem-South Lyon District Library (SSLDL) since 1996 and has served as Library Director since 2002. Libby Post, one of United for Libraries’ advocacy consultants, has been working with public libraries to pass funding and district initiatives as well as building referendums since 2005. She is the founder of the Library Campaign Training Institute and has a success rate of over 80%. She consulted with Salem-South Lyon Library District and helped the library lay out a successful strategy for their millage campaign utilizing the Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy.

Free Webcast: How to Start a Friends Group

United for Libraries coordinated the eighth annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 20-26, 2013. As part of the celebration, United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed presented a free webinar on how to start a Friends of the Library group. View the webcast

National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

For more information, visit the National Friends of Libraries Week Award page.


Hillsboro to host author Steven Davis at Author Luncheon

The Friends of Hillsboro City Library are pleased to welcome National Bestselling Author Steven L. Davis as guest speaker at this year’s Author Luncheon.  This year’s event will take place on Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12 noon at Historic City Hall located at 127 East Franklin Street in downtown Hillsboro.  Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 254-582-7385 or visiting the library at 118 South Waco Street.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  Davis will be discussing his book, “Dallas 1963,” co-written with Bill Minutaglio.

Considered “one of Texas’ leading scholars of its indigenous culture,” Steven L. Davis is an author, editor, curator, and speaker.

His books include Texas Literary Outlaws,  J. Frank Dobie: A Liberated Mind, and Dallas 1963 (co-written with Bill Minutaglio.)

Davis is a longtime Curator at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos, which holds the literary papers of the region’s leading writers. He has developed and curated over 30 exhibits at the Wittliff Collections. He has appeared on television and radio and made dozens of public talks.

He is editor of Land of the Permanent Wave: An Edwin “Bud” Shrake Reader and co-editor of Lone Star Sleuths: Mystery-Detective Fiction in Texas.

He is the author of many articles and reviews, appearing in publications such as Slate, the New Republic, The Daily Beast, the Texas Observer, American Prospect, San Antonio Express – News, Southwestern American Literature, Texas Books in Review, and the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Davis is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and currently serves on the TIL Council.

For more information call the library at 254-582-7385, visit the library at 118 South Waco Street, or email

Teen Read Week, October 18-24


From the Teen Read Week website:

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW15

Get Away @ your library Theme

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) encourages libraries to use the Get Away theme during Teen Read Week™, October 18 – 24, 2015, to spotlight all the great resources and activities available to help teens build literacy skills while reading for the fun of it. An annual celebration, this year’s theme encourages libraries to help teens escape from the day to day grind of school, homework, family responsibilities, part time jobs and so on by picking up something to read.  Interpret the theme in ways that highlight a variety of resources in your collection—fantasy novels, sci-fi, beach reads, travel books, tales of adventure and escape, and more!


The Teen Read Week website offers great resources from planning checklists to publicity to book and media lists. There is a Pinterest board for collecting activities on the Get Away theme. YALSA was able to provide $1,000 grants thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Fund to libraries who proposed innovative literacy-focused Teen Read Week activities. Check their site for when to apply for 2016 grants.

Texas Library Snapshot Day, October 31st

From the TLA website:


How does Library Snapshot Day work?

Although the standard date is October 31, libraries can pick any single day in October and promote that day to their community and students.

1. Let folks know you’ll be “snapping” a shot of the library’s activities that day. It’s your way of asking patrons to say “cheese!”

2. Collect data, stories, and photographs.

3. Upload that information to the Texas Library Snapshot Day Web form. Be sure to upload your information by November 15.

What then?
Libraries can use the information gathered in their own activities, see what other libraries are doing, and get a sense of statewide library usage. All the information is accessible to participating libraries.

Visit the TLA website to find out how to advocate for Texas libraries