All posts by Laurie Mahaffey

Dorthey Duckett

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 pledged and raised $500,000 to support the Cedar Park Public Library expansion. Dorthey helped establish the first library fundraising event, the Bulls Eye Bash, which ran for many successful years. As the Lay Member representative of the Cedar Park Public Library to the Central Texas Library System for many years, Dorthey was awarded a Lifetime Contribution Award. She was on the CTLS Board in the early days of CTLS’ non-profit years. Dorthey was an active Cedar Park Library board member through the 2000s, including serving in multiple roles on the Foundation Executive Committee through 2003, and has remained an Honorary Member since then. Her involvement, which led to the recognition and success of the Library Foundation, has continued to build strong ties and support for the Library from the community.

Reading Therapy Dogs at Goldthwaite

Reading dog hard at work listening to a young reader

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!

Goldthwaite reading therapy dog getting petted

 

Dr. Larry Koeninger

The Central Texas Library System has lost a vital  Board member, Dr. Larry Koeninger of College Station. Larry served on our board for several years and retired at the end of December from the directorship of the Bryan+College Station Library System. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Mary Koeninger.

CTLS Board Retreat

The Board of the Central Texas Library System met on January 30 & 31 at the New Braunfels Public Library with Mary Beth Harrington facilitating. Many items were discussed and board members worked hard to plan the years ahead. Thanks to all who participated and to Board Chair Gretchen Pruett for hosting!

Harker Heights’ Family Learning Space Opening!

Congratulations to the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library as they open their new Friends & Family Learning Space, a Family Place initiative. The grand opening is Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. Children, parents, and caregivers are welcome to see the specially designed area with developmentally appropriate toys, new parenting books, new board books, and new circulating toys.

Flood Damage Recovery in Libraries

Wimberley Village Library‘s Carolyn Manning was featured on television this weekend because her library is serving as a place where people can leave found photos for eventual recovery by their owners. WVL also hosted a photographs workshop with archival professionals from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information to help residents preserve photographs that have been damaged by the floods. We are proud of all of our libraries who are reaching out to serve their communities in this time of crisis.

Bell/Whittington Library a Finalist

Portland LibraryCongratulations to  the Bell Whittington Public Library, Portland, TX and Rose Aleta Laurell, Director!

This library was named a finalist in the IMLS Best Small Library in America competition!

“Serving a population of 15,099 in a satellite community near Corpus Christi, this library does an awful lot with the $29 per capita budget at its disposal. The judges noted innovative outreach that can easily be duplicated by other libraries, while judge Julie Hildebrand called it “amazing considering the size of their staff,” just three full-time, four part-time. The library’s recent record of programming with high attendance numbers and a strong focus on technology is well demonstrated by the “Seniors in Cyberspace” program held in partnership with senior centers and other community sites such as the local Dairy Queen restaurants. Attendance for the course reached 1,758, with evaluations showing 100 percent rate of achievement in signing up for new email addresses.”