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January Newsletter Here!

January newsletterThe January Newsletter is full of information and ideas to help you better serve your community.

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In this issue:

  • Membership Renewals
  • CTLS’ Annual Giving Campaign has received over 75% of its goal so far!
  • Fundraisers: Christmas Ornaments and a Fundraising Challenge
  • ‘Bots and Books
  • Upcoming Technology Workshops
  • Grant Opportunities
  • Sewing Machines in the Library
  • What Other Member Libraries are Doing: Programs for Seniors, Iced in Party…

Iced In Party

“Elsa” (volunteer Sheridan) and “Anna” (volunteer Shawnee) visited the
Stewart C. Meyer Harker  Heights Public Library for the “Iced In Party!”
Over 300 people came out on a school night to enjoy Winter stories, songs,
crafts, facepainting, food, and more! So many kids came in costume! We had
little girls crying in joy over meeting these characters which are now the
stars of so many books. Every “Frozen” related title that we own is checked
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Robot Christmas Party in Diboll

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YAK Fest 2015 (Young Adult Keller Book Festival)

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YAK Fest 2015 (Young Adult Keller Book Festival)

What: YAK Fest 2015 – Young Adult Keller Book Festival
When: Saturday, January 24th, 2015; 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: Keller Central High School; 9450 Ray White Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76244
(North Fort Worth/Alliance area)

Why: To celebrate teens and the literature they love to read and to connect teens with award-winning young adult authors in an entertaining and non-academic setting.

Cost: Free and no need to pre-register…just show up. Did I say FREE?!!
Keynote Speaker: Barry Lyga
Featured Authors: Matt De la Pena & Choctaw StorytellerTim Tingle
Some other amazing authors at YAK Fest are Charles Benoit, Rachel Caine, Janie Chodosh, Lindsay Cummings, Beth Fehlbaum, T. M. Goeglein, Kay Honeyman, Antony John, Christine Kohler, Jeramey Kraatz, Kelsey Macke, Michelle Madow, Julie Murphy, & more!
Poetry Workshop with Colin Gilbert and Writing Workshop with Jenny Martin
Go to the links below for more info:
SOCIAL MEDIA: twitter / facebook / website   #YAKFest15
Remember that YAK Fest is free but bring money to purchase books, t-shirts, food & drinks.
Contact Janet Adams<>  if you would like posters or flyers sent in a separate e-mail or if you have questions.

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.