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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 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,

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.

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.

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

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