Category Archives: Lifeline

Youth News from Kim

Youth News from around the nation, pulled together for you by Kim Lehman, our Youth Services Specialist:

2011 Virtual Diversity and Outreach Fair
Held on June 25 at Annual Conference in New Orleans, this year’s Diversity and Outreach Fair highlighted innovative and successful library outreach initiatives and programs during a poster session open to all ALA attendees. The following “virtual” fair is meant to provide a glimpse of those presentations and includes links to resources provided by this year’s participants….read more

Free Tools for Creating Book Trailer Videos
Richard Byrne writes: “If you would like to add a new element to book reports, ask students to add audiovisual components and create book trailers. Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer’s interest in a book. A great place to find examples of book trailers is Book Trailers for Readers. If you would like to have your students try to create book trailers, here are five free video tools that are well-suited to that purpose.”…

A Quick Guide to Using Creative Commons Images
Most guides for working with Creative Commons images are for those who want to pick a license for making their own work available. Even the CC site itself is geared toward Creative Commons license users, and not Creative Commons–licensed content users. So as a small public service announcement, here is a brief intro to CC image usage. First, Creative Commons licenses are divided up into six main license types, and each one can be tweaked to cover text, images, video, and other types of works….read more

Lone Star Reading List
The Texas Lone Star list is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. The Lone Star list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. Each book on the list has been favorably reviewed for grades 6, 7, or 8 in a professional review source. See the list of nominees.

iPad Storytime Tools
Jennifer Hopwood writes: “E-book apps like Kindle, OverDrive, Nook, and iBooks can give us instant access to favorite stories. Interactive storybook apps can bring Winnie the Pooh and The Cat in the Hat alive in new ways. With the addition of an Apple VGA Adapter or the Apple Digital AV adapter, the iPad2 can mirror on a a VGA-equipped TV, monitor, or external projector exactly what appears on the iPad 2 screen for sharing with a larger crowd.”…
ALSC Blog, Aug. 13

Watch and Learn: Top Videos for Students.

Booklist put together a list of 25 recommended titles that fit into various areas of the curriculum. The wide-ranging topics include civil rights history, cyber bullying, drugs, freshwater biomes, Shakespearean characters, and much more. Titles are arranged by age groups. Lucas Miller’s Animals Rock with Lucas Miller! is on that list. Congratulations Lucas!

Story Songs & Sing Alongs
DVD with Debbie Cavalier for PreS-Grade 1.
Young audiences will love this compilation of musician Debbie Cavalier’s music videos and live musical performances.

Web Sites for Students
Students in Mary Ellen Quinn’s tenth grade summer history class put together a list of helpful resources

I Love My Librarian! Award
Nominations are now open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York / New York Times I Love My Librarian! Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations are being accepted online through September 12.

Amazon Best Sellers
Two of the top best sellers this month are children’s books.
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, by Jeff Kinney
3. Heroes of Olympus, The, Book Two: The Son of Neptune , by Rick Riordan

Fun Songs for Storytime

CTLS’s Kim Lehman sings some very fun songs to add to storytime:
Ain’t Gonna Rain – yes, it feels like it never will.


Oh, it ain’t gonna rain no more, no more.
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
How in the heck can I wash around my neck.
if it ain’t gonna rain no more.

What did the blackbird say to the crow,
It ain’t gonna rain no more.
Ain’t gonna hail, ain’t gonna snow,
It ain’t gonna rain no more.

Apples and Bananas – this is one that Miss Jenn at Austin Public Library’s Carver Branch sings with her kids, too.


I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys

I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos

I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos
I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos

Diggin’ Up Books – by Trudy Doerfler. The recording of Trudy (from Giddings Public Library) singing this song did not work out so this is Kim’s version of the song.  The children loved singing this song with Trudy. She included digging movements.digging-up-books

Diggin’ up books, Diggin’ up books,
I’m diggin’ up books, I’m diggin’ up books,
I’m diggin’ up books
Take a look, look at me, can’t you see,
I’m reading stories, think’ more things,
…learning, …words are turnin’…,
Diggin’ up books, Diggin’ up books.

Little Red WagonHear Raffi’s version of the song. (I personally love Kim’s version! And Hugh Hanley’s – Kam)


Bumping downtown in my little red wagon,
Bumping downtown in my little red wagon,
Bumping downtown in my little red wagon,
Bump, bump, bump, bump, bump.

Flying around in my little blue airplane,
Flying around in my little blue airplane,
Flying around in my little blue airplane,
Up, up, up, up, up.

I have also seen these extra lyrics if your kids want more verses:

Bumping up and down on my little brown donkey, repeat twice
“Let’s ride off together!” or “Won’t you be my darling?”
Bumping up and down in my little black buggy, repeat twice
“Let’s ride off together!” or “Won’t you be my darling?”
Bumping up and down in my little blue trolley, repeat twice
“Let’s ride off together!” or “Won’t you be my darling?”
Gliding up and down in my little white sailboat, repeat twice
“Let’s ride off together!” or “Won’t you be my darling?”

Is your Friends group holding a raffle?

James in Waco pointed us to some useful resources provided by the Texas Attorney General’s Office to be sure your Friends Group, your non-profit library, or a support group of your library runs a raffle correctly. “There are specific laws and rules in Texas regarding charitable raffles – such as: entities that may conduct raffles, types and values of prizes allowed, how and where it can be advertised, the selling of tickets and specific wording that must be on each raffle ticket.”

Temporary Tattoo Information!

Several of you have asked where we got the temporary tattoos we were handing out at TLA. The design was the artwork of our very own Kam McEvoy and we ordered them from You can order artwork they already have or you can do a custom design like we did! They were very reasonable… around $150 for 5,000 tattoos. Cover your patrons with your library logo! We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Friends of CTLS for purchasing the tattoos for us. They were a big hit and made TLA even more fun!

Let Katelyn know if you have any other questions about the tattoos!

Free and Low-cost e-Books

A lot of you have been asking about e-books, so I am re-posting this article from the August 2010 Newsletter:

So your patrons bought the Kindles and the Nooks and the iPhones and the iPod Touches, and now they want to know where they can get e-books that don’t cost $10 a pop. It’s a complicated landscape out there in terms of libraries providing popular e-books – a lot of infrastructure costs with OverDrive, copyright issues over multiple downloads for Amazon Kindle and the like, and oldish materials on our TexShare NetLibrary accounts that you can’t download anyway (I am only referring to the ebook subscription here, not the e-Audiobook subscription). How to guide your patrons to hours of free and compelling reading? Here are some suggestions:

•, there are thousands of public domain books and original books from new authors that you can read on any mobile device.
• – 33,000 public domain books that can be downloaded in multiple formats.
• – 16 try-for-free romance titles.
• – a small collection of sci-fi and fantasy titles from Random House.
• – free pulp, classics, and more.
• 414 extracts – tastes of books to let you know if you want to keep reading.
• – Sony and Google have paired up to provide this site that has a mix of free and purchaseable titles. I search for bargain-priced, then related subject, then by ranking in the left-hand area, then I sorted by price, and free comes up first.

A note on formats: eReaders support many formats. All support txt and pdf documents files as well as basic image files like gifs and jpgs. Other than these basic formats, compatibility varies. For Kindle, you can download free books in mobi format. For Nook, download books in epub format. With my iPhone (and iPod Touch and iPad), I can use the free app, Stanza that has access to all these sites listed above when you click on “get books”.

Looking for a breakdown of different e-readers? Check out
Happy e-reading!

Interlibrary Loan FAQ

Here are some questions we asked Sue Bennett at the Texas State Library and her answers regarding the upcoming (in the next year and a half to 2 years) Interlibrary Loan changes. Thanks to Angela at Bee Cave for starting this conversation, and thanks to Sue for answering these questions!

Q. What can libraries expect to need in terms of staff time?

A. The implementation process takes approximately 20 hours of staff time over the period.

This is going to depend on the number of interlibrary loans a library processes. According to Alpine Public Library that only has one staff person that processes interlibrary loans, they spend less time than previously due to less paperwork.

Q. What is the implementation timeline for CTLS libraries? I know that Austin Public Library will probably change over first, but just a rough sketch of when it will begin affecting small libraries around Austin would be great — a year and a half? Just an estimate.

A. We plan to implement libraries by system areas and are currently working libraries in the NETLS and NTLP areas. Libraries begin implementation about every 6 months in groups of 30-50 libraries. If we have openings, we invite libraries in other areas. A rough sketch for CTLS would be around a year and half to two years.

Q. What will the costs be for small libraries? (what has the cost looked like for small libraries that have rolled out the changes?)

A. The cost for new ILL program libraries will incur is with delivery. TSLAC does offer a reimbursement for net lenders and subsidies for the courier.

TSLAC covers the cost for the following:

· Texas Group Catalog used for searching

· Navigator to process interlibrary loans

· Batchloading project to add catalog records to OCLC

· CatExpress or an ongoing batchload to keep holdings up to date.

Q. What are the consequences to Loan Star money and/or TexShare status if a library does not participate?

A. Libraries who are System members are a part of TexShare. Library Development determines if a library qualifies to be a System member or receive Loan Star funds and you will need to contact Deborah Littrell.

Q. What will their relationship to the ILL Austin center and Austin Public Library be like after the changes, in terms of ILL?

A. As libraries move to the new ILL program, the ILL Centers will be phased out. Libraries will continue to be able to borrow items from Austin Public Library as they will be part of the Texas Group but libraries will not be sending their ILL requests to APL to submit their requests for them.

Q. When will there be training on the new system?

A. When libraries begin the implementation process, we begin with an overview of what will be involved throughout the process. Libraries add their records to OCLC by a batchload process and continue to update their holdings through either CatExpress or ongoing batchloading. Training on how to send a batchload and using CatExpress is provided by webinar. Libraries also complete a questionnaire for OCLC on their library catalog and training is also provided for this process as well. Throughout the process, OCLC provides a biweekly question and answering session. Anyone who is having a problem with any portion of the process can contact any of the implementation team at OCLC or myself at any time. The main training for how patrons submit requests and how staff process requests is done just prior to the library going live with the new program.

OCLC is very responsive to the needs of the libraries throughout the implementation process and after the libraries go live with the new program. They take time to walk through step by step with any library that is needing help. After a library goes live, they can contact the implementation team with any questions and after a time of being live, will contact OCLC’s support team.

As I mentioned earlier, we will be providing a demonstration of the new ILL program in the fall so libraries can get an overview of the program.

The implementation team knows that many of these libraries have not dealt with OCLC and work very hard to make the implementation process as smooth as possible for them.

Bang for your community’s buck – revised ROI

Hello, CTLS members. In your membership mailout in September, you received a Return on Investment page we generated from the 2009 Annual Report you handed in to the State Library last March/April. The math gremlins (a.k.a. the mail merge field codes) caused a glitch that is now fixed in the  Revised ROI for 2009. Your libraries are listed by city (so Wells Branch, you’re at the top with Austin). We hope that this is a good document to get you thinking about all the value you add to your communities so that you can communicate that value to decision-makers.  And don’t feel limited by what’s included here — there are services and programs in your libraries that aren’t asked on the Annual Report that provide wonderful value. Please let me know if you have any questions about the revised ROI.

FAQ – Unattended Children

Have you wondered how other libraries in central Texas do business? We’re starting a new series of posts, pulled from our ctls-l discussion list, to provide your peers’ answers to policy and program questions.


What do you do about unattended children in your library? Is it even a problem at your library? Is it something that needs to be written into the library policy? If so, is there an age cut-off?


  1. We have a written policy that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  While we don’t check ID at the door or anything, if a parent asks if they can leave their child or if the child is just dropped off or comes in by themselves and  is not exhibiting acceptable behavior we have something to back us up.
  2. We really didn’t want to write a policy, but had a very bad summer in 2009.  We had young kids (5 yr, 8 yr) being dropped off  at the library during the summer ALL DAY without meals or adults.  Bad, very bad.  And some parents would just send their small children off to the Children’s Area while they were glued to computer screens, ignoring their children’s bad behavior and crying.  There were a lot of complaints (one letter of complaint was published in the local newspaper) and I got quizzed by City Council.  When we wrote our Unattended Children policy, City Council approved unanimously. Continue reading FAQ – Unattended Children

New resources to prepare for hurricane season

from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

June 1 marks the beginning of Hurricane Season. Is your community prepared? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has added new resources to its Web page, Tools and Resources to Help Communities Prepare for Hurricane Season,to help communities prepare for and respond to hurricane events and other natural disasters. Visit AHRQ for information on more public health emergency preparedness tools and resources.

FAQ – Fax Service for Patrons

Have you wondered how other libraries in central Texas do business? We’re starting a new series of posts, pulled from our ctls-l discussion list, to provide your peers’ answers to policy and program questions.


Does your library offer faxing service to patrons? How much do you charge?


  1. We charge 25 cents per page for local faxes and 50 cents per page for long distance. We do not accept faxes for the public.
  2. We offer fax service – $1 per page (sending or receiving).
  3. Our pay phone was removed, so we just decided to let people make local calls and local faxes from the same phone at the reference desk for free.
  4. We have fax service and charge 1.00 per page on outgoing and incoming. If there are 6 pages or more, starting with the 6th page we charge .50 for the rest. So if they fax 5 pgs we charge 5.00. If they fax 7 pages we charge 6.00.
  5. Over 9 years ago, we charged $1.00 to send & $.25 to receive. Ink & paper were involved in receiving. But it took staff longer to send & most of the faxes were long distance, so I justified the 1.00 toward those costs. TPLS was instrumental in getting fax machines in all the system libraries, & in the small towns the library was often the only “fax in town”. This is one of those services the library can recover costs, but not make a profit.
  6. We charge 50 cents per page regardless of local or long distance to send and receive. Very popular. We were getting so many request, we thought it would be a good service to add.
  7. We charge $2.00 per page to send a fax(we don’t charge for our cover sheet)
    and $1.00 per page to receive a fax.
  8. We charge $1 for local and $2 for long distance per page. We require a cover sheet. We do not accept faxes except by efax. We have waived the fees for hurricane victims that needed to submit paperwork. We have nearby places but not everyone likes to use them so we continue to provide this service. We have provided international long distance in the past at $5 per page as it requires more staff time and long distance fees are higher.
  9. We’ve had fax services for about 8 years now. This is a very useful service for our community, everyone loves the convenience. We are now getting our 3rd fax machine.We charge $1 per page for every page; local and long distance. We do not receive faxes for people.
  10. Yes, we do charge for faxes. The charge is $2.00 for the first page, and $1.00 thereafter.

from the ctls-l archives, circa 2008