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Youth News August 2012

Youth News

August 2012

“A story about a frog would be biological.

A story about a prince would be historical.

But a story about a frog prince is magical and therein lies all the difference.”

— From Jane Yolen’s Touch Magic


Training Calendar

YA Announcements: Fall Preview

Get a sneak peek at the hottest new YA releases during this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Disney Book Group, Harlequin Teen, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sourcebooks Fire, and Tor will fill you in on their leading teen titles for autumn and beyond. Moderated by Annie Kelley, Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor.
Tuesday, August 14 at 1:00 PM Central


Back to School with Graphic Novels Webinar

August 21 at 1:00

Welcome students back to school with graphic novels—including your comic book fans and reluctant readers. Josh Elder, founder of Reading with Pictures, will discuss the Graphic Textbook, a new initiative tying comics to the curriculum, and an exciting digital-comics lending program for libraries. He will be joined by representatives from ABDO Publishing, Graphic Universe an imprint of Lerner Publishing, and VIZ Media, who will introduce graphic novels for both the classroom and independent reading. Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth Editorial Director, will moderate this hour-long,

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Pflugerville’s LCRA Grant

The Friends of the Pflugerville Community Library were awarded the 2012 Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) Community Development Program grant in the amount of $25,000 to assist in the development of a Water Use Demonstration Courtyard in the expansion of the Pflugerville Community Library. Mayor Jeff Coleman, City Council members, and Friends of the Pflugerville Community Library were at the Library on Friday, June 1 to receive the check from LCRA representatives.

“The Friends of the Pflugerville Community Library were absolutely thrilled and delighted to learn that the LCRA decided to fund our project,” Barbara Shable, President of the Friends of the Pflugerville Community Library said. “What a joy and delight it will be to offer the citizens of Pflugerville a beautiful environment in the courtyard of the Library to learn about water conservation and innovative ways to accomplish those goals. This wonderful program will also complement the city of Pflugerville’s green efforts.”

To maximize the grant, the LCRA grant funds will be matched by the city of Pflugerville for the $80,000 water courtyard which will include installation of a 4900 gallon John Deere galvanized steel cistern and limestone fountain to enhance the courtyard. The cistern will collect rainwater and use it to feed a splashing fountain and provide irrigation to xeriscape native flowerbeds. The courtyard will also include a green trellis to temper hot summers and cold winters.

The courtyard will be designed and constructed by Piwonka-Sturrock Architecture and Lee Lewis Construction in association with Whitney Proffitt of Coleman and Associates.  Library staff and the Friends plan to utilize the LCRA’s water features for educational programs directed to the children of the community. With easy access from the story time area, the courtyard will be accessible for demonstrations of the ease, beauty and importance of water conservation. (Pictured: Friends of the Pflugerville Community Library:  Pam Stephenson, JoAnne Thornton, Audrey Dearing, Carol McLaurin Dana Leary, Dorothy Kraemer, President of the Friends Barbara Shable, LCRA Board Chair Tim Timmerman, Mayor Jeff Coleman, Mayor Pro-Tem Victor Gonzales, Assistant City Manager Lauri Gillam, Assistant Library Director Jennifer Coffey, Library Director Lisa Charbonnet and City Manager Brandon Wade.)

Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

ALA Midwinter Meeting 2012 Preconference Workshop
Friday, January 20, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Omni Hotel Dallas, Trinity 5

Join ALTAFF for the popular Nuts & Bolts featuring three dynamic speakers and engaging roundtable discussions. A meet
and greet with coffee will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a boxed lunch will be served at noon. Roundtable discussion topics
include book sales/book stores; community engagement; how Trustees can work effectively with the library director,
and fundraising in big and small ways. Attendees are encouraged to bring brochures, flyers, and other library marketing
materials to share.

Tickets cost $50 in advance, $75 onsite. Event code: CFL1. Register online at More information
is available online at or by calling (800) 545‐2433, ext. 2161.

View the flyer

Suzan and the Magic Pony

Everyone at CTLS will miss Suzan dearly, as we know all of you will. Over her years here, Suzan often referred to Magic Ponies, things that we dream about but never quite attain: a bold, exciting, but financially unlikely program, a simple grant reporting situation, and so on. To commemorate her time here, Kam and I made up a children’s story where Suzan finally catches her Magic Pony. View the PDF here: Suzan and the Magic Pony