All posts by Laurie Mahaffey

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.”

Library Advocacy Videos

Now that the Texas Legislature is in session, it is time for librarians, Friends, board members, and citizens who love libraries to talk to their legislators about the importance of libraries. Severe budget cuts in the last session affected all Texas public libraries greatly.

The staff at North Texas Library Partners have put together some advocacy videos that you can use. Click on the link below. Thanks to Carolyn Davidson Brewer for sending these to us.

Our advocacy videos can be shown by your libraries, advocates, anyone wanting to use them especially during times like these when the legislature is reconvening and discussing library funding.  http://www.youtube.com/nottypicalntlp

Pflugerville on the Move

Pflugerville is in the middle of a building project. They are in transition to the new section of their building and have passed some of their furniture and equipment along to other libraries via auction. Receiving the gently used pieces were Bremond, Jonestown, Leander, Little Elm, Penitas, and Whitney. Stay tuned for news about their grand opening soon!

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Library Journal Five-Star Libraries!

Congratulations to the following Library Journal five-star libraries! Bee Cave Public Library in Bee Cave, Tri-Community Library in Prairie Lea, Black Bridge Library in Dime Box, and Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings. The D. Brown Library in Rosebud and the Real County Library in Leakey are 3-star libraries. We applaud the hard work and dedication it took to reach this goal. http://lj.libraryjournal.com/category/managing-libraries/lj-index/