CTLS, Inc. is again seeking a passionate, articulate, inclusive, respectful, and experienced nonprofit leader. This person must have a demonstrated range of library expertise, communication, fundraising, and management skills necessary to strengthen the organization’s capacity and advance its mission to provide a lifeline to libraries of all sizes across Texas. A strong commitment to and passion for the promotion and development of small public libraries is essential.Read more
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.Read more
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!Read more
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 ...Read more
The past few months have pushed both libraries and library users to try out web based library services. The basic techniques have been around for a long time, but the addition of video makes it worth while to review what we have learned so far. Video has made it easier to remotely engage ...Read more
Please join our discussion!
These 1.5 hour sessions are opportunities for library directors to exchange ideas about public library services during the pandemic. Please note that these conversations are specific to public libraries.
Everyone who attends will receive a recording of the meeting along with a copy of the chat log. This way everyone gets a copy of any links that are shared.Read more
Please join us for a workshop/discussion of Summer Reading Program ideas!
This 1.5 hour session will allow librarians an opportunity to exchange ideas about how to provide summer reading during the pandemic. These web discussions are based on the discussion coordinated last week by Carmen Lazo of Pflugerville. After the last session we will compile everyone's ideas and share them with all attendees from all the sessions.Read more
The State of the Crisis
On 31 March 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas (https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-implements-statewide-essential-services-and-activities-protocols). These orders specifically call on the Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, a memorandum from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a part of U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce) All of the following advice should be taken in the context of section Considerations For Government And Business with particular attention to itemsRead more
We have rescheduled our workshops to August. Please join us for a workshop/discussion of Adult Programming ideas!
This 3-hour session allows library staff an opportunity to show what they do and for those who are just starting to do adult programs a chance to ask questions & share ideas.Read more
Member Library News
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 ...Read more
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!
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.Read more
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.Read more
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 ...Read more
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.
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more