Bee Cave SRP Promotional Video

Check out this wonderful SRP promotional video from the Bee Cave Public Library! A junior from a local high school, also a son of one of BCPL employees, put this together. And a wonderful job he did!

HOT off the Press! The August CTLS Newsletter is Here



Summer is starting to wind down for many of you. And boy, is it hot out there! Kick back and read the latest news in Texas libraries in this months CTLS newsletter. Like what you see? Sign up to get our monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox at the beginning of each month.


Clifton Hosted the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show for SRP

Clifton recently shared some photos from their summer reading program featuring the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show.



The program was about 1.5 hours long and they had about 82 children and adults in attendance. Their audience thoroughly enjoyed the program. Clifton staff wholeheartedly recommends booking with them! The best part? It is free! As you can imagine, this keeps them very busy. Dr. Pennington, the Chemistry Roadshow Coordinator, does approximately 85 shows per year! So you may need to book as much as a year ahead.

You can learn more about their program by visiting their website: www.chem.tamu.edu/roadshow


Congrats to our CPP vendors that won 2016 Modern Library Awards!

Please join us in congratulating members of the CTLS Commercial Partnership Program that won 2016 Modern Library Awards.

Biblionx, Product of the Year Award

Mango Languages, Platinum Award

Boopsie, Silver Award

To view your CTLS discounts from these award winning vendors and our other valued partners, visit our CTLS Vendor Discount Page.


CTLS Vendor Webinar: How a Boopsie Mobile App Benefits Your Library

Please joins us today, Friday July 8th, at 10:00 – 10:30 CST for a webinar with Boopsie! CTLS member libraries can register here for the webinar.

This 30-minute presentation will explain some important trends in mobile technology and clearly define the ways your library can meet those mobile demands with a library-branded app. We will give you a demonstration of how a Boopsie mobile app works and answer any questions you may have as time permits.

Boopsie, a mobile platform-as-a-service provider, builds library-branded apps that conveniently connect your community to the resources and services your library offers. Boopsie apps deliver an easy user experience and work with any ILS provider as well as all major platforms including Android, Apple, Kindle Fire and Blackberry.

Find more info at www.boopsie.com

Mary Casey / Director of Marketing
(608) 242-4536mary@boopsie.com

Literacy Texas 2016 Conference to be Held in San Marcos, August 1-3

Literacy Texas will be holding their 2016 annual conference on August 1-3 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos – Hotel, Spa, and Conference Center. The conference will provide training on every aspect of developing and maintaining an adult literacy program, with researched methods and experienced instructors.

Scholarships to attend conference are available for volunteers and staff at Texas libraries not already receiving professional development funds from the Texas Workforce Commission.  There is a limit of 5 scholarships per library, and the scholarships cover the cost of registration only. The Literacy Texas 2016 Annual Conference is open to anyone working in Adult Education and Literacy.

For more information, please visit the Literacy Texas website.


CTLS Office Closing on Monday, July 4th

The CTLS office will be closed on Monday, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, July 5. Enjoy your holiday!

Register for Upcoming Webinar with BiblioBoard

Don’t forget to sign up for our upcoming webinar with Commercial Partnership Program vendor Biblioboard on Tuesday, June 28th at 1pm CT. You can register directly here. Please contact Sammie Simpson with any questions!

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.



Save the Date for the CTLS Showcase!

We are excited to announce that we have nailed down the date for our FY2017 Performer Showcase! Please put Friday, November 4th on your calendars and stay tuned for more information and a link to register!

Save The Date! FY 17 Showcase

If you are unfamiliar with our Showcase, we invite talented speakers and performers from all over Texas to come and either exhibit or give a brief performance for librarians who need to hire the very best. We have performances going all day long as well as a room full of exhibitors who want to speak with you! Bring your calendars because our librarians make bookings right on the spot! This event is a wonderful way to get an early start on your 2017 programming.

Our Performer Showcase is always extremely fun and productive so we hope you plan on joining us at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 4th!

TSLAC Accepting FY2017 Family Place Project Applications

TSLAC is currently accepting applications for participation in the Family Place Libraries Project. I recently got to tour the Round Rock Public Library children’s area after they became a Family Place Library and it looks wonderful! Children and caregivers were playing and reading together. Here is just some of the work they have done.

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In the low shelves along the window, they have lots of building toys, puzzles, and puppets. In the shelves along the wall to the left is their Parenting Collection of books that has seen a lot of circulation. In addition to creating this space, they reorganized other areas that opened up more space and made their board books more visible. The staff seemed quite pleased with their participation in the program.


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Their Teen Volunteers, or Volunteens as I like to call them, were ready to sign patrons up to participate in their Summer Reading Program.

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Here I am (middle) with TSLAC Youth Services Consultant Christine McNew and RRPL Youth Services Manager Theresa Faris.

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Isn’t their Children’s Desk lovely?

See the note from Christine McNew below about applying to the Family Place Library Project. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to be put in touch with another participating library to get more information.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Family Place Libraries(tm) Project <http://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2015/family_place.html> helps public libraries address early learning with an aim of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn. The Project provides funding for two staff from participating Texas libraries to travel to the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in New York for the three-day Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute on the core elements of the program, and 3 years of follow-up and support by MCPL staff.

Applications for the FY 2017 Family Place Libraries(tm) Project are now being accepted. Twenty-four Texas libraries will be selected to attend the Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Libraries must complete this Application and Agreement , https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/ld/FY%2017%20TSLAC%20FPL%20Agreement%20Form3.pdf> and email it to Christine McNew, Project Coordinator at cmcnew@tsl.texas.gov.

Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2017). After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to develop their Family Place Libraries(tm) program. Participating libraries pay for travel expenses to New York, and the Tocker Foundation <http://www.tocker.org/> has funded travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.

Family Place Libraries(tm) is a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. Family Place Libraries(tm) promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, Family Place Libraries(tm) supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community. To learn more about Family Place Libraries(tm), please visit the Family Place Libraries(tm) website <http://www.familyplacelibraries.org/> .

For more information, please contact:
Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
cmcnew at tsl.texas.gov / 512-463-4856