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7th annual Out of this World UFO Festival & Conference

The 7th annual Out of this World UFO Festival & Conference took place April 13 and 14 in Edinburg, Texas. The two-day event began with the Festival on Friday, April 13 and ended with the Conference at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, a ticketed event that took place Saturday, April 14th.

This year, the conference featured an amazing list of speakers, with a return presentation by Travis Walton, whose real-life abduction story inspired the movie, “Fire in the Sky” and frequent guest of Ancient Aliens, UK UFO Researcher, Nick Pope.

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Edinburg’s UFO Festival and Conference was rated the 3rd best UFO festival in the world in an April 2017 post by Listverse. They outranked Roswell, New Mexico, which only got 10th place.

TMLDA Achievement of Excellence Awards

Pflugerville, along with 26 other CTLS member libraries, received the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award. This award is conferred each year by the the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA) to applicant libraries who are found to exhibit excellence in 10 service areas. Of the 54 libraries receiving this award in 2017, 50% are CTLS members. They are Continue reading TMLDA Achievement of Excellence Awards

Amazon Learns From Libraries, Again

We hear a lot of talk about libraries borrowing from the business world: Internet cafés, self checkout stations, books shelved at the front of the shelf for easy access (instead of the back to protect them from dust), people are even free to walk among the books without an escort. We do not say much about the other side of the street, but there is plenty of action there too.

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Board of Directors Election for 2018

Here are the 6 candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors. The board recently voted to increase the number of members from 9 to 11. 3 board members are up for reelection. Adding 2 more members, this means the 5 candidates receiving the most votes will serve on the board.

The ballots will be sent out by email in the first week of October and will be due 14 calendar days later. Each library may submit one ballot voting for up to 5 of the 6 candidates.