All posts by Paul Waak

Memorial Day

2008 Memorial Day Poster #1. Created by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. US Air Force Photo by Vance Janes. Air Force Link does not provide printed posters but a PDF file of this poster is available for local printing. Requests can be made to art@afnews.af.mil. Please specify the title and number

The CTLS office will close May 27 to observe Memorial Day. We will resume our regular schedule May 28.

If you have special events at your library, such as a program or a Day of Service, please send us your photos.

We’d love to publicize your activities!

Special thanks to McConnell Air Force Base for making this image available.

Elaine Allums Recognition Reception

The Friends of the Kountze Public Library hosted a Recognition Reception in honor of Elaine Allums at the library on February 25, 2019. Allums served as Building Committee Chairperson in 1999 and spearheaded plans for the construction of a new library. The facility was completed in 2002. Allums has performed as a loyal president of the Friends since that time. Today the library serves 7,143 registered borrowers and has 21,350 materials in the library for checkout with an additional 14,483 electronic materials available online. As a retired teacher and dedicated community servant, Elaine Allums is an exceptional role model and her contributions to the City of Kountze and the library are sincerely appreciated.

Elaine Allums reading to children

Dobie on Dobie at El Progreso

More than “just” a library, El Progreso Memorial Library is a civic and cultural center serving Uvalde and the surrounding area.  It was formed in 1903 by a visionary group of women for self improvement, civic improvement and the establishment of a public library.  This club meets monthly and continues – after 115 years – as a vital support of the library which has expanded to include an eleven county archives, museum with meeting and study rooms of various sizes for all sorts of individual and group activities and use.  They were integral to raising the $5.7 million needed for construction of the current building in 2003 and contribute about one third of the annual budget each year. The Club theme for this year is Literature and Art of the Southwest.  Monthly library displays are keyed to this theme as well.  We remain grateful to El Progreso Club members for their vision and steadfast support.

From Mendell Morgan, Director at El Progresso Memorial Library in Uvalde.
Dick Dobie in a conversation with some attendees.

An Informal Reunion

Former and current CTLS staff members gathered at a retirement party at the Austin Public Library’s Carver Branch recently. From left to right are Katelyn, Jennifer, Laurie Mahaffey, and Pat. This foursome represents many decades of service to public libraries.

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.