CTLS and Library News


October 5, 2021 Paul Waak

Our member libraries of have elected to rename Central Texas Library System (CTLS) to Partners Library Action Network (PLAN). The primary reason is to clarify that we work with libraries throughout Texas, not only the central area. We are also not a library system in the way that the general public ...

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Annual Membership Meeting, September 17

September 10, 2021 Paul Waak

Please be sure to join the CTLS Board of Directors next Friday at 10 AM for our virtual annual membership meeting. Gloria Meraz, the new State Librarian of Texas, will be joining us.  We will also be introducing a proposed new name for our organization and outline some new initiatives for the organization.

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Libraries In the News

Edinburg Warming Center Now Open!

Edinburg Warming Center Now Open! January 20, 2022

To prepare for the expected severe cold weather, the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library has been activated as a warming center. It is currently open to residents needing a warm place to stay for the night. The warming center will be open until noon tomorrow.

Residents ...

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Sundown Library Featured

Sundown Library Featured July 23, 2021

The City of Sundown Library was recently featured by KCBD, the Lubbock based NBC station.


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Schulenburg Receives Grant from Texas Women’s League

Schulenburg Receives Grant from Texas Women's League June 24, 2021

The Schulenburg Library Foundation received a grant of $3,750.00 from Texas Women’s League. This grant will be used to purchase new books for the Schulenburg Public Library.

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Marathon Public Library Named Finalist for 2021 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service

March 31, 2021

Marathon Public Library (http://www.marathonpubliclibrary.org/) is among 30 finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Marathon Public Library is the only institution in Texas selected as a finalist for this award.

The National Medal ...

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Edinburg Library opens 24-Hour Warming Center

March 5, 2021

The arctic freeze of February 2021 will be remembered as a time with not only cold temperatures unseen in in the Rio Grande Valley since the 1980s but also as the time darkness descended upon Texas.  Massive blackouts throughout the State due to the freezing temperatures left the City of Edinburg, like the ...

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RGC Library Anniversary

February 12, 2021

From Norma Fultz,

I hope you have a wonderful New Year!! Time truly marches on, I can’t believe the Rio Grande City Public Library was established on August 1, 1990. I started working at the library on September 1, 1990. I often joke the library is my third child, my son Frank was born in March 1990. It’s been quite a journey. We didn’t get to celebrate as planned, however, my staff did surprise me one morning. I love that together with my staff we continue to make a positive impact in our community. 

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Jackie Icenhower

January 25, 2021

We are saddened by our loss of Jackie Icenhower. She brought vitality to the Atlanta Public Library, focusing services on addressing current needs while planning for what will be needed in the years ahead.

For more information, please read https://www.texarkanafuneralhome.com/obituary/jackie-icenhower

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3D Printing Facial Masks

March 30, 2020

While Wilson County Libraries are closed to the public, they are making medical mask frames to help with the shortage of N-95 masks. Computer lab manager, Lesa McCall, heard about a neurosurgeon and dentist team in Billings, Montana who coded 3D printed facial masks that could extend the local clinic’s resources. It ...

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Reading Therapy Dogs at Goldthwaite

March 5, 2020

The Jennie Trent Dew Library in Goldthwaite started their Reading Therapy Dog program with the help of 2 local dogs. See the photos for a glimpse of how well loved these dogs are. Congratulations to the children of Goldthwaite and the library staff for getting this going in their community!


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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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