Category Archives: Member Awards

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.)

Pat Tuohy Receives TLA’s Distinguished Service Award

At the TLA Conference this past week, Pat received the TLA Distinguished Service AwardWe are so proud of her! This award recognizes substantial demonstration of leadership to the profession. For over 30 years, Patricia Tuohy has provided outstanding leadership for the Central Texas Library System, a system that has grown from 37 to 80 libraries during her tenure.  She has also held a number of diverse TLA responsibilities, most notably serving as the Local Arrangements chair for Legislative Day in Austin since it began in the 1980s. Congratulations, Pat, for this well-deserved recognition!

CTLS Librarian Recognized for Outstanding Service to Libraries

On April 13 the Texas Library Association recognized the work that Susan Mann – Hillsboro City Library- has done on behalf of all libraries in Texas.

Susan received the Distinguished Service to Libraries from TLA at its Annual Conference in Austin Texas. Susan has worked tirelessly to increase state aid for public library programs during ever session of the Texas Legislature since 1991. The award was presented to Susan by State Representative Jim Pitts who took time off from his very busy schedule to announce the award before the 3000+ librarians gathered for the 1st General Session of the Conference.

Shown here are Representative Jim Pitts, Susan Mann, and Beth Fox, Director of the Westbank Community Library District. Beth was instrumental in nominating Susan for this very prestigious award. Congratulations to Susan for her wonderful work on behalf of libraries all over the state.

Best Children’s Texas History Books

Check out the June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas history.   It is given to the author/illustrator of the most distinguished book for children and young adults (grades K-12) that accurately portrays the history of Texas, whether fiction or nonfiction.   The annual award is sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library.  Past winners include The Crimson Cap by Ellen Howard and Buffalo Music, written by Tracey E. Fern and illustrated by Lauren Castillo.

Congrats to RoseAleta

from Christine McNew on the Texas State Library blog

Congratulations to RoseAleta Laurell, Director of the Ingleside Public Library!  The Texas State Library is very happy to announce that Librarian on the Roof! A True Story by M. G. King and Stephen Gilpinas will represent Texas on the 2010 National Book Festival “Great Reads About Great Places” list. Librarian on the Roof!, a picture book for children ages 4 to 8, will be published by Albert Whitman & Company on September 1, 2010.  It is the story of how RoseAleta raised the money for a children’s section of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart by spending a week living and working on the library roof.  After surviving a dangerous storm, RoseAleta raised over $39,000 from within the community and across the country!

Continue reading Congrats to RoseAleta

The Westbank Library Wins a National Award

We are delighted to congratulate the Westbank Library on winning the American Library Association’s most prestigious award, the 2010 John Cotton Dana Award for public relations. The ALA has given the Library this much-deserved recognition for their three year effort to build, and fund, a new library while keeping to their mission: One Library; Two Locations. Director Beth Fox and Trustee Lyle Thormann were on-site to receive the JCD Award at the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC on Sunday, June 27th. They were honored at a cocktail reception and are bringing home a plaque for all the library supporters! Check out their entry.