All posts by Paul Waak

International Polar Bear Day In Lampasas

From Shanda Subia, Lampasas Public Library.

Our program was on Monday, February 25 [for International Polar Bear Day]. We could see the polar bear, Cranberry (she was born around Thanksgiving), in the background, and then Shannon talked about what characteristics polar bears have that allow them to live in the Arctic climate, and she would ask questions along the way. Then, at the end, she allowed time for questions; we had several for her. Afterwards, a dad asked how we found out about this and mentioned maybe doing that with some other zoos/animals. I told him I had just received an email about this, and I didn’t know if other zoos did things like this or not, but I told him I’d look into it. It was very well-received; I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. Technology is awesome – how else could central Texans see polar bears at the Alaska Zoo?!

Visit https://www.alaskazoo.org/ to learn more.  They have a polar bear webcam and an email list for future announcements.

Most Loved Award – Leon Valley

News from Sandy Underwood, Library Director of Leon Valley Public Library.

I have to take a moment to brag on the library and staff……

On February 14, we were awarded the “Most Loved Library” award by HulaFrog San Antonio NorthWest.  HulaFrog is a well known parents website that features activities for children in the area.  The parents voted for their “Most Loved” businesses in a number of categories.  For libraries, our competition included about eight San Antonio Branches…..and we came out on top!

Here is the web notice of the winners: https://hulafrog.com/san-antonio-northwest-tx/most-loved-awards/

Also check out the response on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leon-Valley-Public-Library/

2 More Summer Reading Workshops

Kim’s workshops have been a great success. With 4 workshops she has prepared 109 people for this year’s space themed Summer Reading program. She has 2 more workshops planned, both in west Texas. Try not to miss these fantastic opportunities.

Kim Lehman is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, idea packed workshops. She has presented over 140 workshops across Texas, Kansas, and Arizona.

These workshops are sponsored in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts @TXCommArts.

5 hours CE credit

Kim Lehman demonstrating planet themed crafts

Lampasas Book Festival

Lampasas Public Library hosted a Book Festival on Saturday, January 26, featuring national bestselling author Jodi Thomas. She and other local talent were on hand from 10am-1pm, selling and signing their books. Jodi Thomas spoke at 11am about her journey as a writer and why she decided to leave teaching to become a national bestselling author.

Jodi Thomas signing books
Authors at book signing tables

 

STEM at the Library Workshop

Physics concepts can be taught in fun and engaging ways using very simple materials and activities. This workshop will have three parts. In the first part, waves will be explored using slinkies and other toys. In the second part, various party favors will be used to explore concepts of energy and equilibrium. Finally a “make and take” hover puck will be made and used to explore concepts of force and motion. Continue reading STEM at the Library Workshop

What Is a Youth Share? Be inspired. Shine. Share.

Are you attending this year’s Summer Reading Workshop and Youth Share? The workshop is in the morning and the youth share is in the afternoon. If this is your first youth share, here are some things to bring:

  • a favorite storytime book
  • songs and fingerplays
  • craft ideas for preschool, elementary ages, or teens
  • successful programs you have done
  • a puppet or prop you don’t know what to with
  • items you no longer need – old posters, left overs, recycled objects – one’s trash is another’s treasure

Kim Lehman is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, idea packed workshops. She has presented over 140 workshops across Texas, Kansas, and Arizona.

These workshops are sponsored in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts @TXCommArts.

Santa Visit and Gift Making

From M. Louanne Noel at Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells.

I thought you all might be interested in our gift-making and Santa Claus visit this last week.  As we are a small community that lacks for a lot of thriving business identity, our citizens are often under-employed or unemployed and Christmas is always a hardship.  We try to offset the expense by helping with home-made items that will be well-used and well-loved.  We tend to make very big of Christmas as this is a very traditional and religious community so there was plenty of spirit in the air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare for 2019 Summer Reading

Blast into your Summer Reading Program with presenter and performer Kim Lehman. You will learn a variety of ways to incorporate stories, literature, songs, art, and science in library programs for all ages. The primarily focus will be on early literacy and elementary program ideas from the CSLP Manual along with extra programming tips with some time devoted to teens. The afternoon will feature a youth share. Bring your favorite books, songs, activities, and programming ideas to share.

Kim Lehman is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, idea packed workshops. She has presented over 140 workshops across Texas, Kansas, and Arizona.

These workshops are sponsored in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

StoryWalk at Fayette Public Library

The Fayette Public Library’s StoryWalk opened on November 17th! After much planning they were finally able to install the feature outside of the library. Children and families can complete the book, How Rocket Learned to Read, and enjoy the park located outside of the library. Children that complete the StoryWalk will receive a special Rocket Reading Certificate. Library staff scanned all of the book pages and worked with a graphic artist on the final layout. La Grange High School welding students built the posts and a sign company was used to print the attached removable aluminum signs. The library hopes to have more stories printed. Allison Shimek, the Library Director, thanks fellow CTLS member, Melissa Uhlhorn, at the Schertz Public Library for sharing information about their StoryWalk. Melissa answered all of Allison’s questions and provided an excellent model to work off.

Closeup of a StoryWalk panel

Children standing next to a StoryWalk panel

View of the StoryWalk

Fall Performers Showcase

The Fall 2018 Performers Showcase in Georgetown, TX was a hit! We had 76 librarians from 41 libraries meet with 29 performers and booking agents to arrange their 2019 summer reading lineup.

Our next and last showcase this fall is Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Rockwall County Library, 1215 E Yellow Jacket Ln, Rockwall, TX 75087. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with refreshments and sign in starting at 8:30 a.m. To get the full experience, please preregister at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-texas-performer-showcase-2018-tickets-48902410426.

Cost

  • $30 for CTLS member libraries
  • $60 for non-members
  • free attendance is available for Level 2 & 3 CTLS members

Fees include refreshments; lunch is on your own.

For more information contact Paul Waak at paul.waak@ctls.net, 512-583-0704, or 800-262-4431.