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Pat Tuohy Receives TLA’s Distinguished Service Award

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At the TLA Conference this past week, Pat received the TLA Distinguished Service AwardWe are so proud of her! This award recognizes substantial demonstration of leadership to the profession. For over 30 years, Patricia Tuohy has provided outstanding leadership for the Central Texas Library System, a system that has grown from 37 to 80 libraries during her tenure.  She has also held a number of diverse TLA responsibilities, most notably serving as the Local Arrangements chair for Legislative Day in Austin since it began in the 1980s. Congratulations, Pat, for this well-deserved recognition!

Fund Your Summer Reading Program (and Teen Interns!)

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Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer two kinds of grants for libraries to use in planning their summer reading programs.  The Summer Reading Grant will give twenty libraries $1,000 each for summer reading programs for teens in 2012. The Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant provides forty libraries with $1,000 each to utilize teen interns to aid in their summer reading programs. To read eligibility requirements and download an application for both grants, please visit www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants. Applications for both due Jan. 1.

Holidrama in Smithville

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The Christmas party in Smithville is always fun. They choose a theme (this year, it was Fiesta!) and it’s interesting to see how it is carried out. Even the staff dress for the theme.

The library was full of people of all ages, enjoying the games & crafts on the tables, using the computers, riding in the wagon and trolley, and munching on refreshments. The turnout shows how much this library is appreciated by the community.  Matt Torrez and John Daniels, Jr. along with April Daniels of Playhouse Smithville held the childrens’ attention as they read stories and poems about llamas and llama drama. They were, after all, just trying to ensure that Grand Slam and Wild Diva, our four-footed South American guests, felt welcome in the library. It looks like they did, as they share their own bit of llama drama with their owners, Dan and Bev Johnson of DBJ Ranch in Giddings.

Holiday Program Ideas

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Stories

Some stories, crafts and more for the Christmas holiday. Karen Chase – Catch the Story Bug.

Reuse an Old Favorite Story

Tell the story “The Twist-Mouth Family” with, well, a twist. The basic story is about a family that cannot blow out a candle so they can go to bed.  Each family member can only blow in one direction.  Mother can only blow down, father can only blow up, brother can only blow to the left and sister can only blow to the right.  To give it a holiday twist, Santa ends up blowing out the candle.

Some versions of this story:

Ready to Tell Tales by Holt and Mooney.  The title is “Santa Visits the Moes.”

Juba this and Juba That by Virginia A. Tashjian, “The Snook’s Family”

American Folklore

Christmas in Terse Verse

A white peppermint candy without stripes is a ……..plain cane

A happy holiday plant is a …jolly holly

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CTLS’s DLC Program highlighted in TLA’s Texas Library Journal

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Laura Perna, former Digital Literacy Corp Coordinator here at CTLS, wrote a great article in TLA’s Fall issue of Texas Library Journal called, “Collaboration Large and Small: The Digital Literacy Corps Draws Upon Human Talent to Bring Workforce Development Classes to Central Texas Libraries” (click here, then view pages 14-15). We are excited that this project was highlighted in Texas Library Journal and want to thank Laura for recounting DLC’s successes.