Round Rock Library Going Hat Crazy

This summer, Ana, a local 9 year old,  provided instruction at the Round Rock Public Library on how to make knitted hats using Rainbow Looms.  She came up with the idea on how to do this and is sharing with us all, so that we can make hats to donate to patients at Dell Children’s Medical Center. So far kids have made about 60 hats to give away.

For more information click here.

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Jane Dance and Ana modeling the hats.

Laurie Mahaffey Named Executive Director of CTLS, Inc.

Laurie Mahaffey Announcement

On behalf of the Board of Directors I am pleased to announce that Laurie Mahaffey has accepted appointment as Executive Director of CTLS, Inc. Laurie has been an important member of the CTLS staff since 1991, serving as Deputy Director since 2005. She has long experience in public libraries and is committed to the public library of Texas. Her enthusiasm for libraries and the role of CTLS in supporting and improving public libraries in Texas promises continued success for the organization.
I know you join me in welcoming Laurie to the position of Executive Director and look forward to continuing to work with her and the staff for the benefit of public libraries in Texas.

Larry Ringer, Chair
Board of Directors

Romance Writers of America host Librarians Day in San Antonio

Romance Writers Librarian Day



The Houston-based nonprofit Romance Writers of America is holding their annual conference in San Antonio and will be hosting a one-day seminar entitled “Librarians Day.”

This event, which features educational sessions as well as networking opportunities with authors and a luncheon, will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter & Riverwalk on Wednesday, July 23.

The attendance fee is only $25 and encompasses the educational sessions, the luncheon, a librarian/author mixer, and the parking on-site at the hotel.  For more information, please see the event flyer or visit

Science at the Comanche Public Library

The Comanche Public Library had a science program for students that took their robotics project to a State competition this year.  The students presented a great demo.  A local engineer spoke with them about his profession and encouraged the kids to study hard. Thanks to Margaret Waring for sharing these with us.comanche4 - croppedcomanche3-croppedcomanch5

May/June Newsletter Available!

Good morning! While you sip your coffee, catch up on the latest CTLS news in our most recent newsletter. We hope to find you well this Tuesday morning!

CTLS Newsletter


Tocker Foundation and CTLS at TLA conference

The Tocker Foundation and CTLS shared a booth at the recent Texas Library Association Annual Conference in San Antonio. Staffing the booth was Karin Gerstenhaber from the foundation and Laurie Mahaffey from CTLS.  Tocker Committee member Tommi Myers of Llano also helped out.

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 Telishia Long, Director of the La Marque Public Library,
and our own Laurie Mahaffey at the TLA Conference in San Antonio.



Former Llano director Kitty St. Clair and
current Llano branch manager Tommi Myers.


 Tommi Myers of Llano and Martha Sanders of
Buda at the CTLS/Tocker booth at TLA in San Antonio.

It was great visiting with member libraries and friends who stopped by!

4th Annual International Book Discussion in Edinburg

Check out this wonderful event in its 4th year at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg. They plan to work with librarians in Monterrey, Mexico in the future. Director Jose Tamez is happy to answer any questions should anyone want to replicate a similar program in their communities.

Thank you for sharing, Edinburg!

Edinburg Intl Book Disc

CTLS Office Closed for Memorial Day

The CTLS office will be closed on Monday, May 26 for the Memorial Day holiday.

We will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27.


The Force is Strong in Harker Heights!

The Harker Heights Public Library held a huge Star Wars event at the Library on Saturday, May 2. Over 200 people came for Star Wars video games, light saber crafts, Jedi Training Academy, movies, and more! Check out the related article here.

May the Fourth be With You!

QR Program from Floresville

Nicki Stohr from the Wilson County Public Library in Floresville created a wonderful passive program for her library. She graciously and generously shared it with us.

From Nicki, “We have just developed a new a component for our STEAM Summer Reading Program that I would like to share. We are introducing what we are calling our “Who Am I?” on our gallery wall.  Our hopes with this program is draw an older age of participants into our summer reading program by incorporating simple technologies that involve a smart phone.

We have a huge cinder-block wall in our meeting room that is unused. So, to compensate we have installed a gallery style railing system to display artwork on wire cables.

For this summer we have 10 photos of known voice over actors from the movie industry along with  QR codes that lead to a sound bite from one of their movies. We are asking summer patrons in this scan and tell program to guess as many of the movies and characters as they can for an extra entry into the prize drawing of their choice. “

Click on each name to view and download each poster.  Can you tell me the animated character’s name and the name of the movie?

Ben Eddie  Ellen  Gilbert  JamesEarl  Larry  Owen  Ray  Tim  Will      Answers