CTLS Board Retreat

February 7, 2020 Laurie Mahaffey

The Board of the Central Texas Library System met on January 30 & 31 at the New Braunfels Public Library with Mary Beth Harrington facilitating. Many items were discussed and board members worked hard to plan the years ahead. Thanks to all who participated and to ...

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SRP Workshops

January 8, 2020 Paul Waak

Imagine Your Story:
Programming Ideas for Your Summer Reading Program

Enter the magical world of story 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 many extra programming ideas and tips with some time devoted to teens. The afternoon will feature a youth share. Bring your favorite books, songs, activities, and programming ideas to share.

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Fall Performers Showcase – Irving

Fall Performers Showcase - Irving November 11, 2019 Paul Waak

Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer for a library event? Our annual Fall Showcase features some of the best educational and entertaining performers and speakers for children, teens and families.

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Fall CTLS Membership Meeting

September 25, 2019 Paul Waak

Morning Membership Meeting

The annual Fall CTLS Membership Meeting is a great opportunity to see old friends and greet new ones. Meet the candidates for board positions, hear from our State Librarian, learn about the TexShare E-book project, and find out what exciting things are happening across Texas.

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2019 Fall Showcases

September 18, 2019 Paul Waak

Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer for a library event? Our annual Fall Showcase features some of the best educational and entertaining performers and speakers for children, teens and families.


Friday, November 1, 2019 : Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th ...

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Member Library News

Book Offer from Burnet County Historical Commission

February 13, 2020

Burnet County History book sets are now offered to Texas libraries at half price ($60, down from $120) to help libraries expand their genealogy and history collections.

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Port Aransas Grand Opening

Port Aransas Grand Opening January 21, 2020

On Saturday, January 4, over 300 people showed up to celebrate the grand reopening of the William R. “Bill” Ellis Memorial Library in Port Aransas.

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Teen Lead Story Times

Teen Lead Story Times June 14, 2019

Beginning in 2009 with a Texas Reads Grant, West teens plan, prepare, and present story time for local children at West Public Library each summer. Two dogs from Angel Paws in Waco visited the June 12th event. Over seventy teens have volunteered in the library’s Tale Tellers program since its 2009 ...

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Lampasas Receives 2019 Branding Iron Award

June 12, 2019

Dana Braccia, left, of the Texas Library Association presents a 2019 Branding Iron Award to the Lampasas Public Library – represented by Director Shanda Subia, center, and Assistant Librarian Emily Stone.
Photo credit: David Lowe, Lampasas Dispatch Record, issue May 31, p. 5

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the new Schulenburg library!

June 3, 2019

Great day! Lots of kids & families celebrated Schulenburg Public Library’s 10th anniversary on Saturday, June 1. A fire truck, police car, EMS ambulance, and helicopter livened things up.

Staff members Cindy (left) and Donna (right) with CTLS executive director Laurie Mahaffey and former CTLS ...

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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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