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New Texas Handgun Legislation and Libraries

Thea Blair, Manager of Continuing Education & Consulting Services at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has posted a web page <https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/pubs/opencarry.html> and a blog entry <https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/?p=18734> about the new handgun laws in Texas. This is not legal counsel but is a great starting point for any conversation on the issue. Topics covered include non-profit libraries and school events at libraries. Thank you to Thea, Mark Smith, and TSLAC for stepping forward on this.

‘Bots and Books Update

‘Bots and Books

March has been a busy time for ‘Bots and Books participating libraries. Many did kick off camps and teasers for their summer reading programs during Spring Break. Thank you to all the libraries who are sharing their stories, lessons learned, and pictTaylor Makers Fair March 17 (7)ures with us!

chico q3 3-1 Chico B&B Program 4

Library Advocacy Videos

Now that the Texas Legislature is in session, it is time for librarians, Friends, board members, and citizens who love libraries to talk to their legislators about the importance of libraries. Severe budget cuts in the last session affected all Texas public libraries greatly.

The staff at North Texas Library Partners have put together some advocacy videos that you can use. Click on the link below. Thanks to Carolyn Davidson Brewer for sending these to us.

Our advocacy videos can be shown by your libraries, advocates, anyone wanting to use them especially during times like these when the legislature is reconvening and discussing library funding.  http://www.youtube.com/nottypicalntlp

Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities

We recently got a new title in our professional collection that was edited by our very own Karen Ellis of the Taylor Public Library! It has already been checked out but place a hold on it using our Professional Collection if you are interested in getting it next!

There is a chapter by another Central Texas librarian, Kathleen Houlihan from Austin Public Library.  Karen says she had lots of help with editing chapters by other Central Texas librarians as well.  Karen says that there are many great examples in the books of how public libraries got creative using partnerships to extend services and programming in unique ways, to the benefit of all involved.

Check it out!

Holiday Program Ideas

Stories

Some stories, crafts and more for the Christmas holiday. Karen Chase – Catch the Story Bug.

Reuse an Old Favorite Story

Tell the story “The Twist-Mouth Family” with, well, a twist. The basic story is about a family that cannot blow out a candle so they can go to bed.  Each family member can only blow in one direction.  Mother can only blow down, father can only blow up, brother can only blow to the left and sister can only blow to the right.  To give it a holiday twist, Santa ends up blowing out the candle.

Some versions of this story:

Ready to Tell Tales by Holt and Mooney.  The title is “Santa Visits the Moes.”

Juba this and Juba That by Virginia A. Tashjian, “The Snook’s Family”

American Folklore

Christmas in Terse Verse

A white peppermint candy without stripes is a ……..plain cane

A happy holiday plant is a …jolly holly

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FAQ: Cleaning DVDs

A flurry of responses on the discussion list prompts me to add this post. Thanks for your answers!

Q:

What do you use to clean your DVD collection?

A:

  • We hand clean every disc as it comes back in with the disc cleaner and disc restorer solutions from Demco.  If the discs are too marred to play we use a Disc-Go-Pod to resurface them.  It’s effective and and inexpensive machine.  The downside is that the machine must be emptied and cleaned after every use.  So we polish once a month and let the damaged discs stack up.
  • We use a really cool disc repair machine for our CDs and DVDs. It has been worth every penny. The company we bought our machine from was RTI (website = rtico.com). We purchased the Disc Repair System. They usually run a special on these machines at the TLA Conference. They allow you to get the machine in April/May and not have to pay until Ocober if you don’t have funds in your current fiscal year.
  • For routine cleaning we used a soft cloth & alcohol; for PbJ and other sticky stuff, wipe with a mild solution of water and dishwashing liquid. The cleaning machines are great, but expensive.
  • We use RTI’s Eco Senior.  It is expensive but worth every cent if you have a large collection.  It saves discs that would otherwise have to be thrown away.  I knew a video store owner who had one and charged people $3 a disc to run their personal CD’s and DVD’s through.  It helped pay for it, and I suspect a library could put such a charge into place if they had it on their fee schedule or else had the Friends group do it.
  • Check with your local Video Stone. They were upgrading to BlueRay and we brought their DVD cleaning machine $100. and if came with supplies for over 2 years. I have a volunteer that he does all the cleaning, it works great.
  • We use Memorex OptiFix Pro. It works ok in cleaning but not for repairing.
  • We use a simple Memorex OptiFix pro machine. It’s not great but it does help some.

Halloween Programming Ideas

compiled by Kim Lehman

RIDDLES

Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the Halloween party?

It had no body to dance with.

What do goblins drink on Halloween?

Ghoul-ade

What do ghosts eat for dessert?

Booberry pie

STORIES

Cut and tell pumpkin story

http://drjeanandfriends.blogspot.com/2011/10/pumpkin-stories.html

THE DARK HOUSE

The leader chants each line or every half-line in a soft, slow, sepulchral voice. Children repeat each line in the same way. The telling becomes more ghostly and spooky with each line. The last word is a sudden shout!

In a dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house,

And in that dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark room,

And in that dark, dark room, there was a dark, dark cupboard,

And in that dark, dark cupboard, there was a dark, dark shelf,

And in that dark, dark shelf, there was a dark, dark box,

And in that dark, dark box, there was a GHOST!

CRAFTS

Pumpkin Hats or Headbands

For headbands:  Cut out pumpkin shapes (3 per child).  Have kids decorate.  Glue onto green strips for headband.

Tootsie Roll Spiders – twist 4 black pipecleaners around the lollipop stick which will give you 4 legs on each side, add googly eyes to the center of the pipecleaners (where they twist on the stick), and you have a spider.  The lollipop portion is the back end.

Q-Tip Skeletons – Requires 3 or 4 q-tips placed horizontally, with 1 placed vertically to form spine.  Q-tips for arms and legs, and q-tips cut in half for feet and hands.  Pre-cut skeleton heads.  Glitter glue can be used to make the bones “glow”.

Ghosts – Requires fiberfill.  Trace a big ghost shape on black paper and let them glue the fiberfill on.  Then glue on eyes and an O shaped mouth.

Spider Hat – Cut the inside of paper plates about ¾ of the way around. Bend that part up. Draw a face on it for the spider.  Or glue eyes, cotton balls, circles, etc).  Glue 8 legs that have been accordion folded onto the bottom of the plate.

Paper Bag Jack-o-Lanterns – Requires paper bags, and orange dye.  Open the bags, dip the bags into the dye, bottom first, and give them a few seconds – the more time, the deeper the color.  (wear rubber glove on one hand, and put it inside the bag and push down into the dye bath)

Slime Recipe (big blob)

¾ cup warm water
1 cup Elmers glue
green food color

(mix these together)

Dissolve 4 teaspoons Borax in 1 1/3 cups warm water and add to other stuff.

Thanks to Elizabeth Murphy

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Youth News – A teen roundup from Kim

Events, tidbits, and resources rounded up for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist Extraordinaire:

 

From Story Times to Blogger

Teens will be blogging, tweeting, photographing, and videotaping everything that happens at the Austin Teen Book Festival, and about the fest. One member of the teen press corps used to come to my storytimes many years ago. I recently ran into her and discovered that literature is her life. How exciting is that! You can follow Willa blog at http://willasramblings.com/

Enter to win a free banned book on Willa blog. Deadline October 1.

Talented Youth

Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) would like your help in identifying exceptionally talented Texas youth (8th-11th grade students) for our Young Masters grant program.  Many of you work directly with youth and/or teachers of students of this age bracket.  Please make them aware of this program.  Students of all artistic disciplines apply for this competitive grant program.  The most talented young artists will receive the title of Young Master and will be given grants of up to $2,500 per year for two years to further their advanced studies in their chosen arts disciplines.
Deadline November 15, 2011
http://tinyurl.com/youngmaster

Teen Brains

September PBS show – Understanding The Mysterious Teenage Brain talk of the nation

Research suggests, that compared to adults, teens value rewards more than consequences. http://www.npr.org/2011/09/20/140637115/understanding-the-mysterious-teenage-brain

National Geographic Cover Article

After his son was pulled over for driving 113 mph, science writer David Dobbs set out to understand what researchers know about the teenage brain. The resulting story, “Beautiful Brains,” is the cover story in the October 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/dobbs-text

Teen Programs on You Tube

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