All posts by Paul Waak

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.

Fall 2018 Performers Showcase

Do you ever need to hire an educational, entertaining performer for a school, library, museum or community event? Our annual Performer Showcase features some of the best educational and entertaining performers and speakers for children, teens and adults.

Venues

Friday, November 2, 2018 : Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/central-texas-performer-showcase-2018-tickets-48902399393

and

Thursday, November 8, 2018 : Rockwall County Library, 1215 E Yellow Jacket Ln, Rockwall, TX 75087
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/north-texas-performer-showcase-2018-tickets-48902410426

Time

Event is 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Refreshments and registration begin at 8:30 a.m.

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

paul.waak@ctls.net or 512-583-0704 or 800-262-4431.

Check out over 400 entries in the CTLS Performer and Speaker Database at https://www.ctls.net/

Banned Books Week in Wichita Falls

This year for Banned Books Week, the Wichita Falls Public Library is featuring challenged books through a provocative display. Upon entering the front doors, customers are greeted by an eye-catching display window that suggests books on fire. The books represented have been wrapped in white paper with a short statement printed on the front about why the title was challenged. This display has sparked many conversations among visitors and staff alike regarding the need for protection of our Freedom to Read.

A program called “Banned Books Parade” will take place Saturday, September 29 and will be a small celebration of intellectual freedom and an exploration of banned book challenges. Ms. Linda Hughes (see http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=archive&template=/contentmanagement/contentdisplay.cfm&ContentID=6967) and Dr. Millie Gore have been invited to speak. Refreshments to follow.

San Marcos Celebrates Banned Book Week

San Marcos Public Library a few activities going on for Banned Books Week. There is a photo contest, with a mugshot photo station set up, where patrons can take picture with their favorite challenged/banned book and upload it to social media for a chance to win a prize. An adult reading program, Passport to Reading, has different reading challenges each month. The challenge for this month is to read a book that has been banned or challenged. Challenged books are on display to assist patrons in selecting their book for September.

Setup for Banned Books Photo Contest
Setup for Banned Books Photo Contest
Display for Banned Books Week
Display for Banned Books Week
Example for the Banned Books Photo Contest featuring Suzanne
Example for the Banned Books Photo Contest featuring Suzanne

CTLS Fall Membership Meeting

 

October 5, 2018

Seguin Public Library
313 West Nolte Street
Seguin, Texas 78155

Registration: 9:30 a.m.

Meeting: 10 a.m.

Guest Speaker:
Christine Peterson,
Amigos

Topic:
Emerging Technology

Special Guests:
Mark Smith,
State Librarian

Darryl Tocker and
Karin Gerstenhaber,
Tocker Foundation

Sammie Simpson,
CTLS Vendor Program

Afternoon session: 1:30-3:00 p.m.


Morning:
Membership Meeting

Greet old friends and make new ones at the annual Fall CTLS Membership Meeting! Meet the candidates for board positions, hear from our State Librarian, and find out what exciting things are happening across the system. We have a special guest speaker this time. All are welcome!

Tour of the library following the meeting.

Afternoon:
Grants Workshop

Paula Waak, currently retired, has headed the public libraries in Ponder, Saginaw, and Hutto. She was also president of the Friends of the Lake Cities Library and served on the Lake Cities Library Board (a non-profit library). She gained 16 grants for her libraries during her 10 years of grant writing experience.

Join her from 1:30-3:00 p.m. to learn about grants. Come with questions.


Register on Eventbrite or call 1-800-262-4431