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Giving the Gift of Reading in Lampasas

This year, Lampasas Public Library offered their patrons the opportunity to Give the Gift of Reading. Bundles of 3 like-new or large print books were available for $5, and they sold 40 bundles in about 2 weeks. The library also donated some bundles. Here is a photo of some of the book bundles that were donated to the 3 local nursing homes.

Nursing home books - Give the Gift of Reading Dec 2013

The books had gift tags on them so the purchaser could write which nursing home to which the books would be sent, as well as who the gift was from. This was so well-received that they will likely do it again next year. The nursing home residents who saw the books were very excited, as were the staff.

This is such a wonderful idea and way for the library to be involved in the community. Fantastic idea Lampasas! Thanks for sharing!

Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities

We recently got a new title in our professional collection that was edited by our very own Karen Ellis of the Taylor Public Library! It has already been checked out but place a hold on it using our Professional Collection if you are interested in getting it next!

There is a chapter by another Central Texas librarian, Kathleen Houlihan from Austin Public Library.  Karen says she had lots of help with editing chapters by other Central Texas librarians as well.  Karen says that there are many great examples in the books of how public libraries got creative using partnerships to extend services and programming in unique ways, to the benefit of all involved.

Check it out!

Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009

Oxford University Press has analyzed 120 years of census data and showed some trends in librarianship. This is pretty interesting data with lots of graphs and charts! View it here!

The U.S. Census first collected data on librarians in 1880, a year after the founding of the American Library Association. They only counted 636 librarians nationwide. Indeed, one respondent reported on his census form that he was the “Librarian of Congress.” The U.S. Census, which became organized as a permanent Bureau in 1902, can be used to track the growth of the library profession. The number of librarians grew over the next hundred years, peaking at 307,273 in 1990. Then, the profession began to shrink, and as of 2009, it had dropped by nearly a third to 212,742. The data enable us to measure the growth, the gender split in this profession known to be mostly female, and to explore other divides in income and education, as they changed over time.

We examined a number of socioeconomic trends over the duration, and focused in on 1950 the first year that detailed wage data were recorded, 1990 at the peak of the profession and 2009 the most currently available data.1 We looked at data within the profession and made comparisons across the work world.

By Sydney Beveridge, Susan Weber and Andrew A. Beveridge via the Oxford University Press blog

Round Rock school librarian opening libraries in Uganda

Check out Erin Cargile’s KXAN piece on Trudy Marshall , a retiring librarian who is not resting on her laurels, but plans to spread the message of literacy across the globe to communities in Uganda.

“In 2005 , she built the first library at a school in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda . There weren’t plans to build another until she met an African pastor who invited Marshall to his village. Libraries of Love has helped build 19 libraries from scratch that serve 25,000 children. The books are shipped out of Austin a couple of months ahead of time. Teams of volunteers show up in the summer and build a library a day. They start with putting the together and then come the books. Marshall is headed to Uganda again this Saturday. When she returns in three months, four more libraries will be open.”

Amazing work, Trudy!

Temporary Tattoo Information!

Several of you have asked where we got the temporary tattoos we were handing out at TLA. The design was the artwork of our very own Kam McEvoy and we ordered them from You can order artwork they already have or you can do a custom design like we did! They were very reasonable… around $150 for 5,000 tattoos. Cover your patrons with your library logo! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Friends of CTLS for purchasing the tattoos for us. They were a big hit and made TLA even more fun!

Let Katelyn know if you have any other questions about the tattoos!

CTLS Librarian Recognized for Outstanding Service to Libraries

On April 13 the Texas Library Association recognized the work that Susan Mann – Hillsboro City Library- has done on behalf of all libraries in Texas.

Susan received the Distinguished Service to Libraries from TLA at its Annual Conference in Austin Texas. Susan has worked tirelessly to increase state aid for public library programs during ever session of the Texas Legislature since 1991. The award was presented to Susan by State Representative Jim Pitts who took time off from his very busy schedule to announce the award before the 3000+ librarians gathered for the 1st General Session of the Conference.

Shown here are Representative Jim Pitts, Susan Mann, and Beth Fox, Director of the Westbank Community Library District. Beth was instrumental in nominating Susan for this very prestigious award. Congratulations to Susan for her wonderful work on behalf of libraries all over the state.

Nancy Franklin

It is with a sad heart that we report that Nancy Franklin, long time Mt Calm Librarian, passed away this morning around 6 a.m.  Nancy died at home in Mt. Calm in the care of her daughters Elizabeth and Kathleen.  Nancy founded the Mt. Calm library in 1979 in this tiny community of barely 300 souls.  She kept it going with hard work, chicken dinners, book sales, leaning on friends, and a good deal of her own money.  She was a $1 a year librarian who got a raise to $10 in 2005 so that her salary would keep up with inflation.

Nancy was a founding member of the Texas Library Association’s Small Community Libraries Interest Group in 1987.  This Interest Group quickly swelled in size to become a full fledged Round Table in 1988.  She was honored as the first Small Community Librarian of the Year in 1988.  Nancy left her mark on small libraries all across the state of Texas.  She will be long remembered for her sense of humor, her generous and open nature, and her love of libraries and the people who love them.

Services will be on Friday at 2 p.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Mexia.