CTLS News

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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Member Library News

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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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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