Category Archives: CTLS Events

Announcing Additional Showcases

We are so excited to announce that we are taking our Performer Showcase on the road!

In addition to our Annual Showcase at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 4th, we will also be connecting librarians and performers in North Texas at the Bedford Public Library and in South Texas at the McAllen Public Library. Event registration will be sent out soon, but add these dates to your calendars now so you can come and see the talent before you hire!

Clifton Hosted the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show for SRP

Clifton recently shared some photos from their summer reading program featuring the Texas A&M Chemistry Road Show.



The program was about 1.5 hours long and they had about 82 children and adults in attendance. Their audience thoroughly enjoyed the program. Clifton staff wholeheartedly recommends booking with them! The best part? It is free! As you can imagine, this keeps them very busy. Dr. Pennington, the Chemistry Roadshow Coordinator, does approximately 85 shows per year! So you may need to book as much as a year ahead.

You can learn more about their program by visiting their website:


Save the Date for the CTLS Showcase!

We are excited to announce that we have nailed down the date for our FY2017 Performer Showcase! Please put Friday, November 4th on your calendars and stay tuned for more information and a link to register!

Save The Date! FY 17 Showcase

If you are unfamiliar with our Showcase, we invite talented speakers and performers from all over Texas to come and either exhibit or give a brief performance for librarians who need to hire the very best. We have performances going all day long as well as a room full of exhibitors who want to speak with you! Bring your calendars because our librarians make bookings right on the spot! This event is a wonderful way to get an early start on your 2017 programming.

Our Performer Showcase is always extremely fun and productive so we hope you plan on joining us at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 4th!

Getting Excited and Inspired for Summer Reading at CTLS Workshops!

Last week I was in Mansfield and Cedar Park having our first Summer Reading Program workshops and we had a blast! Here are just a few highlights!

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Suzan Nyfeler is our fantastic tour guide through the 2016 manual! We talked books, songs, decor, and display ideas.

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but the afternoon was spent playing games, making crafts, and doing theme-related activities.

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We had such a wonderful time! A big thanks to the Mansfield Public Library and the Cedar Park Public Library for hosting us.

We have more workshops coming up and there is still time to register! On Wednesday, January 27th we will be in Jourdanton, Texas and on Monday, February 22nd in Edinburg, TX.

Can’t make it to a workshop? I am going to be highlighting some of the craft and activity ideas we had at the workshop on the website and in the newsletter leading up to the summer. And we are inviting people to contribute to our SRP2016 Pinterest Board. It will be a place for you to leave an idea, take an idea. If you are on Pinterest and would like to contribute, contact Katelyn and you will be sent an invitation.



CTLS Performers Showcase A Big Hit!

We had another successful annual Showcase last Friday, November 6th at the Georgetown Public Library (Thanks, y’all!). A big thanks to all of our wonderful performers and exhibitors for coming out and showing their talent. And, of course, thanks to all of our attendees! We hope you had fun and found it beneficial for filling your calendars! Here are just a few of our best moments of the day.

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We had a full house!

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Shadow puppets!

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Bonzo Crunch

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Event superheroes and royalty use the public library… love the Joe McDermott photobomb!

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We shook the entire library with this group drum session!

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All in a day’s work…

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Afternoon snacks!

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Librarians visiting with our exhibitors and making bookings!

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Tesla coil science!

Please take a moment fill out this survey to let us know what you thought. We really do look at your comments to try to make all of our workshops better so please give us feedback! And be sure to check out CTLS Performers List for more information on the wonderful talent!

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

Technology for All Ages @ the Library

 September 26, 2015

1:00—3:30 pm

Kyle Public Library
550 Scott Street
Kyle, Texas 78640


Rose Aleta Laurell, recently retired from directing the Bell/Whittington Library in Portland, brought technology to all ages of library patrons in the libraries where she has worked. Join us for a 4-part talk on technology in the library for varying ages of patrons: AWE stations for the little ones, Seniors in Cyberspace, E-books, and technology for teens. Bring your questions and share your experiences in this fast-paced discussion.



Go to or Click here.

Questions? Call CTLS at 800- 262-4431.

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

CTLS’s DLC Program highlighted in TLA’s Texas Library Journal

Laura Perna, former Digital Literacy Corp Coordinator here at CTLS, wrote a great article in TLA’s Fall issue of Texas Library Journal called, “Collaboration Large and Small: The Digital Literacy Corps Draws Upon Human Talent to Bring Workforce Development Classes to Central Texas Libraries” (click here, then view pages 14-15). We are excited that this project was highlighted in Texas Library Journal and want to thank Laura for recounting DLC’s successes.

Senior Spaces Resources

Senior SpacesNew info has been posted to the Senior Spaces wiki after the Senior Spaces Conference  held last Tuesday.  The wiki contains content since 2007 on “senior spaces” beginning with the first space, which opened at the Old Bridge (NJ) Public Library. If your library is thinking of developing a senior space, this wiki is a great resource to use as part of your planning, design and implimentation process. If you have completed a space in your library geared for the generations of older adults let them know. Contact Allan Kleiman at: kleiman<at>aol<dot>com for more information and details. And be on the lookout next year for a new book entitled: “Senior Spaces: A Step-by-Step Guide”.