Memorial Day

May 20, 2019 Paul Waak

The CTLS office will close May 27 to observe Memorial Day. We will resume our regular schedule May 28.

If you have special events at your library, such as a program or a Day of Service, please send us your photos.

We’d love to publicize your activities!

Special thanks to McConnell Air Force Base for making this image ...

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An Informal Reunion

An Informal Reunion March 28, 2019 Paul Waak

Former and current CTLS staff members gathered at a retirement party at the Austin Public Library’s Carver Branch recently. From left to right are Katelyn, Jennifer, Laurie Mahaffey, and Pat. This foursome represents many decades of service to public libraries.

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2 More Summer Reading Workshops

2 More Summer Reading Workshops February 1, 2019 Paul Waak

Kim’s workshops have been a great success. With 4 workshops she has prepared 109 people for this year’s space themed Summer Reading program. She has 2 more workshops planned, both in west Texas. Try not to miss these fantastic opportunities.

Kim Lehman is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, idea packed workshops. She has ...

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STEM at the Library Workshop

January 24, 2019 Paul Waak

Physics concepts can be taught in fun and engaging ways using very simple materials and activities. This workshop will have three parts. In the first part, waves will be explored using slinkies and other toys. In the second part, various party favors will be used to explore concepts of energy and equilibrium. Finally a “make and take” hover puck will be made and used to explore concepts of force and motion.

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What Is a Youth Share? Be inspired. Shine. Share.

What Is a Youth Share? Be inspired. Shine. Share. January 14, 2019 Paul Waak

Are you attending this year’s Summer Reading Workshop and Youth Share? The workshop is in the morning and the youth share is in the afternoon. If this is your first youth share, here are some things to bring:

  • a favorite storytime book
  • songs and fingerplays
  • craft ideas for preschool, elementary ages, or teens
  • successful programs you have done
  • a puppet ...

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Prepare for 2019 Summer Reading

Prepare for 2019 Summer Reading December 12, 2018 Paul Waak

Blast into your Summer Reading Program with presenter and performer Kim Lehman. You will learn a variety of ways to incorporate stories, literature, songs, art, and science in library programs for all ages. The primarily focus will be on early literacy and elementary program ideas from the CSLP Manual along with extra programming tips with ...

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Fall Performers Showcase

November 5, 2018 Paul Waak

The Fall 2018 Performers Showcase in Georgetown, TX was a hit! We had 76 librarians from 41 libraries meet with 29 performers and booking agents to arrange their 2019 summer reading lineup.

Our next and last showcase this fall is Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Rockwall County Library, 1215 E Yellow Jacket Ln, Rockwall, TX 75087. ...

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Fall 2018 Performers Showcase

September 26, 2018 Paul Waak

Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer for a school, library, museum or community event? Our annual Performer Showcase features some of the best educational and entertaining performers and speakers for children, teens and adults.


Friday, November 2, 2018 : Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas


Thursday, November 8, ...

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CTLS Fall Membership Meeting

August 28, 2018 Paul Waak

October 5, 2018

Seguin Public Library
313 West Nolte Street
Seguin, Texas 78155

Registration: 9:30 a.m.

Meeting: 10 a.m.

Guest Speaker:
Christine Peterson,

Emerging Technology

Special Guests:
Mark Smith,
State Librarian

Darryl Tocker and
Karin Gerstenhaber,
Tocker Foundation

Sammie Simpson,
CTLS Vendor Program

Afternoon session: 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Membership Meeting

Greet old friends and ...

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Need Event Sponsorships and Don’t Know Where to Start?

July 31, 2018 Samantha Simpson

Getting sponsors for events can be a real challenge. For pointers, we recently interviewed several for-profit company executives that approve and decline sponsorship requests.

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Member Library News

Elaine Allums Recognition Reception

Elaine Allums Recognition Reception April 3, 2019

The Friends of the Kountze Public Library hosted a Recognition Reception in honor of Elaine Allums at the library on February 25, 2019. Allums served as Building Committee Chairperson in 1999 and spearheaded plans for the construction of a new library. The facility was completed in 2002. Allums has performed as a loyal ...

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Dobie on Dobie at El Progreso

Dobie on Dobie at El Progreso April 3, 2019

More than “just” a library, El Progreso Memorial Library is a civic and cultural center serving Uvalde and the surrounding area.  It was formed in 1903 by a visionary group of women for self improvement, civic improvement and the establishment of a public library.  This club meets monthly and continues – after ...

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International Polar Bear Day In Lampasas

International Polar Bear Day In Lampasas March 5, 2019

From Shanda Subia, Lampasas Public Library.

Our program was on Monday, February 25 . We could see the polar bear, Cranberry (she was born around Thanksgiving), in the background, and then Shannon talked about what characteristics polar bears have that allow them to live in the Arctic climate, and she would ask ...

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Most Loved Award – Leon Valley

February 19, 2019

News from Sandy Underwood, Library Director of Leon Valley Public Library.

I have to take a moment to brag on the library and staff……

On February 14, we were awarded the “Most Loved Library” award by HulaFrog San Antonio NorthWest.  HulaFrog is a well known parents website that features activities for children in the area.  The parents ...

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Lampasas Book Festival

Lampasas Book Festival February 1, 2019

Lampasas Public Library hosted a Book Festival on Saturday, January 26, featuring national bestselling author Jodi Thomas. She and other local talent were on hand from 10am-1pm, selling and signing their books. Jodi Thomas spoke at 11am about her journey as a writer and why she decided to leave teaching to become a national bestselling ...

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Santa Visit and Gift Making

January 2, 2019

From M. Louanne Noel at Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells.

I thought you all might be interested in our gift-making and Santa Claus visit this last week.  As we are a small community that lacks for a lot of thriving business identity, our citizens are often under-employed or unemployed and Christmas ...

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StoryWalk at Fayette Public Library

StoryWalk at Fayette Public Library December 4, 2018

The Fayette Public Library’s StoryWalk opened on November 17th! After much planning they were finally able to install the feature outside of the library. Children and families can complete the book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and enjoy the park located outside of the library. Children that complete the StoryWalk will receive a special Rocket ...

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Banned Books Week in Wichita Falls

Banned Books Week in Wichita Falls September 26, 2018

This year for Banned Books Week, the Wichita Falls Public Library is featuring challenged books through a provocative display. Upon entering the front doors, customers are greeted by an eye-catching display window that suggests books on fire. The books represented have been wrapped in white paper with a short statement printed on the front about ...

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San Marcos Celebrates Banned Book Week

September 26, 2018

San Marcos Public Library a few activities going on for Banned Books Week. There is a photo contest, with a mugshot photo station set up, where patrons can take picture with their favorite challenged/banned book and upload it to social media for a chance to win a prize. An adult reading program, Passport to Reading, ...

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Happy Patron in Jasper!

August 24, 2018

Cyrus is delighted to find a book about a cat at the Jasper Public Library recently. Thanks to Denise for sending this.


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