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‘Bots and Books Update

‘Bots and Books

March has been a busy time for ‘Bots and Books participating libraries. Many did kick off camps and teasers for their summer reading programs during Spring Break. Thank you to all the libraries who are sharing their stories, lessons learned, and pictTaylor Makers Fair March 17 (7)ures with us!

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Sprouting Green Weeding Practices

Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s bookstore, has recently finished a project partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Our project, Sprouting Green Weeding Practices in Libraries, highlights the story of Recycled Reads and encourages other libraries to take on more sustainable weeding practices. A big part of our mission is to inform library users about the positive impacts of weeding, especially when ex-library media is repurposed and recycled. Even more, we focus our programming and events on the education of sustainability literacy to our customers and to the general Austin Public Library population.

The main goal of this project is to get libraries to join in on a conversation about weeding. We are arguing here that maintaining an accurate, lively collection through weeding is just as important as selecting new titles and planning innovative programs. To take it a step further, the material removed from a library is the responsibility of that library. Librarians need to take a “womb to tomb” approach to collections and ensure that library materials are not tossed in the landfill when there are other options for recycling and repurposing.

Life Sized Candy Land

The Wilson County Public Library had a Life-Size Candyland Game as a fundraiser to help pay for performers during our Summer Reading Program. Thanks to Nicki Stohr for sharing this with us!

Paying customers ($2.00 per person) were treated as the game piece with family spinners and a good luck wish:
1) Take a dip in the Chocolate Swamp were folks could dunk pretzels, marshmallows, and wafer cookies in a creamy chocolate bath (bottom of a chocolate fountain).
2) Travel through the Chocolate Mountains. Our long meeting table covered in large size Kisses with scattered Hershey Kisses
3) Walk around Gum Drop Lake ( kiddie pool filled with air filled water balloons).
4) The next leg of travel was through Lollipop Forrest which was a small obstacle course where folks were encouraged not to touch a balloon. It rounded through the stacks.
5) The grand finale was at the Princesses Castle where players were rewarded with a goodie of a bag of candy and coupons [free Subway cookies, free Redbox rental, free Whataburger meal]
Note: We added a special square throughout the game board (the library). Our special Candy tree was loaded with all kinds of candy.

The response was so well received that we have been asked to repeat next year.
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Bots and Books with Katelyn

CTLS’ very own Katelyn Patterson will be taking over the administration of the Books and Bots grant. She has worked for CTLS for over 5 years in many capacities ranging from bookkeeping to grant reporting to social media and website communications. Having recently wrapped up her Masters in Library Science at the University of North Texas and having a personal interest in science, she will step naturally and eagerly into this role. Katelyn is excited to get the opportunity to work with you to bring this exciting grant to many new and familiar libraries.

 Katelyn PattersonKatelyn has broad experience in traveling the state and has volunteered at one of the Austin branch libraries, in addition to her CTLS work. We are delighted that she has agreed to take on the grant. E-mail her at katelyn.patterson@ctls.net.

A Year at CTLS

CTLS would like to thank you for your support over the last year. Many of you responded to our survey for your feedback. Take a look at some of the things member libraries have done this last year. Find out more about our grants. It really was a great year!
Click here for the full document

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Who We Are..……………………….…..………….…..3
2014 Board of Directors……….….….……….……4
CTLS By the Numbers……………….….………..….5
CTLS Services……………………………………..….….6
CTLS Consulting……………………..………………….8
CTLS Continuing Education……………..…………9
Science Rocks Grant………….….………….………10
Connect4Literacy Grant………………….……….12
Member Library Highlights—Awards….……14
Member Library Highlights—Expansions….16
Member Library Highlights—Service….……17
Member Library Highlights—Events……….18
Member Library Highlights—News…………19
Member Library Staff Highlights……….…….20

 

Science at the Comanche Public Library

The Comanche Public Library had a science program for students that took their robotics project to a State competition this year.  The students presented a great demo.  A local engineer spoke with them about his profession and encouraged the kids to study hard. Thanks to Margaret Waring for sharing these with us.comanche4 - croppedcomanche3-croppedcomanch5

QR Program from Floresville

Nicki Stohr from the Wilson County Public Library in Floresville created a wonderful passive program for her library. She graciously and generously shared it with us.

From Nicki, “We have just developed a new a component for our STEAM Summer Reading Program that I would like to share. We are introducing what we are calling our “Who Am I?” on our gallery wall.  Our hopes with this program is draw an older age of participants into our summer reading program by incorporating simple technologies that involve a smart phone.

We have a huge cinder-block wall in our meeting room that is unused. So, to compensate we have installed a gallery style railing system to display artwork on wire cables.

For this summer we have 10 photos of known voice over actors from the movie industry along with  QR codes that lead to a sound bite from one of their movies. We are asking summer patrons in this scan and tell program to guess as many of the movies and characters as they can for an extra entry into the prize drawing of their choice. “

Click on each name to view and download each poster.  Can you tell me the animated character’s name and the name of the movie?

Ben Eddie  Ellen  Gilbert  JamesEarl  Larry  Owen  Ray  Tim  Will      Answers

Centennial Library in Midland Won a National Design Award!

Congratulations!

The Centennial Library in Midland won the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards in the large public library category.

The library is stunning. It is very open with video images projected on the floor, large artist trees, curved walkways, a recording studio, and a strong emphasis on youth services.

View a gallery of all the winning entries at  http://www.iida.org/content.cfm/2014-library-interior-design-award-winners. Images of the winning projects will also be published in American Libraries magazine.

 

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Madisonville Grows in More Ways Than One

Madisonville beanstalksWe read Jack and the Beanstalk and made the “newspaper” trees from the Summer Reading Program Workshop. They were a huge hit even with our older kids. The kids are even working in our recycled tire garden and helping us plant some Mexican Heather, Mexican Petunias, and Moss Rose. Thanks to Veronica Grooms for sharing these photos with us.