CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey Retires

December 7, 2020 Paul Waak

Laurie Mahaffey, a CTLS employee for 29 2/3 years, is retiring at the end of January 2021. Please join us for a virtual farewell party on Friday, January 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Directions to join the meeting will be distributed on the CTLS listserv and elsewhere on January ...

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Performers Showcase!

December 1, 2020 Paul Waak

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

As expected, the CTLS Performer’s Showcase will be a bit different this year. Learn more and ...

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New Executive Director of CTLS!

November 19, 2020 Paul Waak

Central Texas Library System, Inc. is pleased to announce that the new Executive Director position has been filled, and Eric Lashley will start his role as of February 1, 2021.

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Board Member Election Candidates

September 3, 2020 Paul Waak

Attached is the CTLS Board Candidate Brochure for Fiscal Year 2021. The candidates are listed alphabetically and incumbents are so indicated.

They will be introduced at the Fall Membership Meeting, an online meeting set for Friday, 9-11-2020, at 10 a.m.

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Fall Membership Meeting

September 3, 2020 Paul Waak

Announcing the CTLS Annual Fall Membership Meeting!

For the first time, CTLS will hold its Annual Fall Membership Meeting virtually! This time, distance is not a problem!

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Dorthey Duckett

August 3, 2020 Laurie Mahaffey

CTLS has lost a good friend and former Board member.  Former Cedar Park Mayor Dorthey Duckett passed away on July 15, 2020.  She was mayor for 12 years and was the first president of the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation, serving actively on the Library Foundation from 1993 to 2004. During her tenure, the Foundation ...

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Member Library News

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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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 ...

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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) ...

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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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