CTLS News

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.

Venues

Friday, November 2, 2018 : Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-texas-performer-showcase-2018-tickets-48902399393

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Thursday, November 8, ...

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CTLS Fall Membership Meeting

August 28, 2018 Paul Waak

CTLS Fall Membership Meeting

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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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Community Engagement with BiblioBoard

April 23, 2018 Samantha Simpson

Click the links below to view these quick Community Engagement demos from our CPP friends at BiblioBoard.

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Children’s Plus, Inc

April 16, 2018 Samantha Simpson

Looking to enhance your Youth Services collection? Check out Children’s Plus, Inc. (CPI)!  In business since 1979, CPI has developed the youth services collection of some of the largest libraries in the country. Through partnerships with a wide range of publishers, CPI offers CTLS members best value of a wide range of Pre-K through 12 titles. Key Features of CPI:

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TixKeeper Reservation System from Plymouth Rocket

March 6, 2018 Samantha Simpson

We have had some talk recently about reservation systems. Have you heard about Plymouth Rocket’s affordable TixKeeper application? Jim Stewart, with Plymouth Rocket, stopped by Shopper’s Corner to share with us how libraries are taking advantage and talk about features for patrons and staff.

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Does your library have a Procurement policy?

February 5, 2018 Samantha Simpson

Procurement policies offer the framework of purchasing - the who, what, where, and when elements. A good Procurement policy covers:

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From the Executive Director

February 5, 2018 Laurie Mahaffey

LOOKING AHEAD

The Long Range Planning Committee had their final meeting in January. The draft of the CTLS Long Range Plan will go to the CTLS Board before their March meeting. The plan expands in a few ways the 2014-2017 Long Range Plan.

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Amazon Learns From Libraries, Again

February 5, 2018 Paul Waak

We hear a lot of talk about libraries borrowing from the business world: Internet cafés, self checkout stations, books shelved at the front of the shelf for easy access (instead of the back to protect them from dust), people are even free to walk among the books without an escort. We do not say much about the other side of the street, but there is plenty of action there too.

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My CTLS Family

January 1, 2018 katelyn

As some of you may know, beginning in January I will be the youth services librarian at the Yarborough branch of the Austin Public Library. It is with a heavy heart that I leave my CTLS family.

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Member Library News

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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Austin Central Library Honored By Time Magazine

August 24, 2018

Time Magazine selected the new Austin Central Library for its 2018 list of 100 World’s Greatest Places. The direct link to the entry is http://time.com/collection/worlds-greatest-places-2018/5359176/austin-central-library-texas/. The Austin Statesman provides additional information about Time Magazine’s selection. Also, Austin Business Journal covers some of the contractors involved.

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Harker Heights’ Amazing Library Video!

May 30, 2018

See this marketing video put together by Spencer Greene, a volunteer at Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library!

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7th annual Out of this World UFO Festival & Conference

April 23, 2018

The 7th annual Out of this World UFO Festival & Conference took place April 13 and 14 in Edinburg, Texas. The two-day event began with the Festival on Friday, April 13 and ended with the Conference at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, a ticketed event that took place Saturday, April 14th.

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2018 TLA Lifetime Achievement Award

April 13, 2018

Congratulations to  Dr. Carol Black, Board President of the Lake Travis Community Library District, for receiving the 2018 TLA Lifetime Achievement Award award.

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2018 TLA Librarian of the Year

April 13, 2018

Congratulations to  Jennifer Coffey, Director of Pflugerville Public Library, for receiving the 2018 TLA Librarian of the Year award.

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TMLDA Achievement of Excellence Awards

April 13, 2018

Pflugerville, along with 26 other CTLS member libraries, received the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award. This award is conferred each year by the the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA) to applicant libraries who are found to exhibit excellence in 10 service areas. Of the 54 libraries receiving this award in 2017, 50% are CTLS members. They are

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Texas Book Festival Grants Announced

April 11, 2018

The Texas Book Festival grant recipients were announced last week at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. Of the 48 libraries receiving the award, 24 were CTLS members serving the following communities.

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Central Texas Library System, Inc.

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