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Lake Whitney Public Library Celebrates Grand Opening

Join the new Lake Whitney Public Library as they celebrate their Grand Opening on  Saturday, October 4 at 10 a.m.! The library is in a new location at 602 E. Jefferson, Whitney 76692. Watch the library’s website for more information on the schedule for the day: Call 254-694-4639 for more information.


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Teen Read Week is Coming Up, October 12-18

YALSA sent out the following info and resources for the upcoming Teen Read Week from October 12-18, 2014. Check it out!

Teen Read Week 2014


Teen Read Week News

Teen Read Week is less than a month away! Don’t forget that the Teen Read Week website has a variety of resources to help you plan a successful Teen Read Week ranging from publicity materials to activity ideas.

Also, it is still not too late to order your Teen Read Week themed materials. Order by tomorrow, September 25 to get them in time through standard shipping.

Teen Read Week Free Webinar

Tuesday, September 23: 2pm-3pm Eastern
Join YALSA for a free webinar on college- and career-related reading that will not only entertain your teens, but may inspire them to turn their dreams into reality! 100 seats available. Register now.

Publicity Checklist

As you begin to get the word out, use this checklist to make sure you’re hitting every promotional opportunity! Looking for help? Check out the templates on YALSA’s Teen Read Week publicity page.

  • There is a TRW display in my library.
  • TRW is featured on my library’s web site, blog and/or Facebook page
  • Information about TRW is in my library’s fall newsletter
  • I’ve posted announcements, fliers, and brochures all over my library: along shelves, at each checkout station, and bulletin boards.
  • I asked area schools to include TRW activities and information in the daily announcements and provided them with the details.
  • All library staff are knowledgeable about the library’s TRW activities.
  • Relevant local organizations have been informed about TRW and the library’s TRW activities, such as the community center, 4-H Club, parent organizations, after school programs, etc.
  • Local VIPs such as town council members or state legislators, have been invited to attend any special TRW events.
  • Local media outlets such as newspapers, radio stations and TV stations have been informed about TRW and the library’s TRW activities via a press release (see the TRW web site for samples). You can also ask the local newspaper to print one of YALSA’s PSAs (follow the directions at the Get Publicity page!)
  • My Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is involved in promoting TRW by writing letters to the editor, making a commercial for the public access channel, designing and posting flyers, creating and uploading a short informational video for YouTube, etc.
  • I or my TAG have asked my town council and/or state’s governor to declare Oct. 12-18, 2014 Teen Read Week in my town or state (see a sample proclamation on the TRW Web site).
  • I shared my library’s plans via the TRW wiki so others can be inspired by my ideas and my celebration can be shared by ALA publications or the Public Information Office for promotional use.

Have a wonderful Teen Read Week and thanks for all that you do to ensure that the teens in your community have access to excellent library resources and services!

Visit Teen Read Week at:


District 3 Fall Meeting Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for the District 3 Fall Meeting on Friday, October 17th! The theme for the day is, “From Infinity and Beyond: Information Literacy Rising to New Levels!”

The keynote speaker is Dr. Sharon Weiner, W. Wayne Booker Chair and Professor at Purdue University and the Vice President of the National Forum on Information Literacy.

Additional speakers will be Marty Rossi, from ESC Region 20 in San Antonio; Debra Winegarten from South University, Austin, TX; and Dax Norman, instructor and artist at The Art Institute of Austin.

Visit the District 3 site to register or get more information. More information for other District Meetings can be found here.

Happy New Fiscal Year!

September Newsletter

Happy new fiscal year! Celebrate with our September newsletter.


With a little help from our Friends

Rio Grande City Public Library Director Norma Gomez Fultz recently wrote to us about how committed their Friends group is to volunteering at, sponsoring, and promoting library events. Their Friends group recently put up this billboard for the library. What amazing support!

Billboard 2014

This is a wonderful opportunity to mention that October 19-25 is National Friends of Libraries Week. For more information, visit the United for Libraries page.

Do you have a particularly great Friends group? Please brag about them to us… and send photos! Where would we be without a little help from our Friends??

Lago Vista Public Library and Police Officers Join Forces

Lago Vista hosted a Forensic Program with a member of the Lago Vista Police.  Their patrons had a wonderful time as the officer took fingerprints and talked about forensics. Lago Vista also had record attendance this summer ending with their Grand Finale with Bonzo Crunch with 83 in attendance!  Congrats on such a successful summer and thank you for sharing!


Clifton, TX is full of future authors and illustrators!

In addition to the summer reading program, the Clifton Public Library had the children write and illustrate their own books! And here are some of the spoils!


 The children really enjoyed making them and they are on display in the library. Fantastic idea for promoting creativity in the community! Thanks for sharing with us, Clifton!

Public Library Division Stipends to TLA

From the Texas Library Association website:

“The Public Library Division of the Texas Library Association will award four individual Scholarships (stipends) of $500 each to qualified applicants currently employed in Texas public libraries. The purpose of the PLD Scholarship is to encourage TLA and PLD membership, to advance the goals and objectives of the Association, and to provide the means for supporting participation in the TLA Annual Conference

The stipends are available for public library employees who have not attended a TLA Conference before. The purpose of these stipends is to encourage membership and participation in TLA and PLD. Recipients will gain insight into the Public Libraries Division organization by volunteering during the conference.”

For more information, please go here.

Friends of Hillsboro City Library Hosting George Boutwell

Friends of Hillsboro City Library Hosting George Boutwell


The Friends of Hillsboro City Library will welcome Central Texas Artist & Author George Boutwell for a noonday luncheon on Tuesday, September 9.  It will be held at Historic City Hall, 127 East Franklin Street in Hillsboro.  Boutwell will be discussing his book, Texas in My Windshield, which is an autobiography from over 40 years of exploring Texas and over 2,000 art shows. Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased by contacting the library at 254-582-7385, emailing or visiting the library at 118 South Waco Street.  Copies of Mr. Boutwell’s artwork, as well as his book, will be available for purchase at the luncheon.  The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, September 5.  No tickets will be sold at the door.



TDS14: Libraries @ the Center


TDS14: Libraries @ the Center

Now in its 5th year, The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center virtual conference will focus the attention of library professionals on libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

Participants will engage in a dynamic day-long conversation about our shared digital future. We’ll examine how libraries drive change like no other institution, reaching classrooms and communities around the globe, and will provide actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces, including:

How can libraries adapt and adopt emerging technologies and tools, new ways of learning, and the evolving publishing ecosystem?

How will libraries continue to be at the center of their communities?

Libraries @ the Center brings a national library conference right to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, complete with:

  • Interactive Exhibit Hall: learn about the latest products and innovations from leading technology vendors and publishers
  • The Librarians’ Lounge: network with library professionals from across the globe
  • Virtual Tote Bag: Download all of the presentations, handouts, and promotional information you want

Registration for the virtual conference is FREE and includes 3 months of access to the event archives, on-demand, including all presentations, information and handouts from the show, so sign up today!


All information from The Digital Shift website. For more information or to register, go here.