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Work Force Workshop in Waco on December 14th

The Heart of Texas Workforce Solutions is offering a workshop for librarians. The workshop is free and lunch is provided. The registration form can be found here. Contact Jose Palacios for additional information. Deadline to register is December 7th.

Jose Palacios
Project Manager
Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas
801 Washington Avenue, Suite 700
Waco, Texas 76701
Phone: 254-296-5383 | Fax: 254-753-3173

Special thanks to Susan Mann for passing this information along!



Is Your Library Ready for the Celestial Event of the Century?

nasa eclipse free solar glasses

See the note below from Paul B. Dusenbery, Director of the Space Science Institute about the eclipse that will take place in August of 2017. If you register your library, they will provide many great resources and will even send you 50 free some solar viewing shades!


Dear Library Friends,

Are you ready for the celestial event of the century? In just over a year from now (August 21, 2017), the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn’t occurred in 99 years! The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute has recently been awarded a grant for its NASA@ My Library program. Partners include NASA, ALA, The Girl Scouts, SETI, and many other organizations. The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) is managed by NCIL. The STAR_Net team wants to work with your library and thousands of others to participate in this national event. Some fortunate libraries will be able to experience a total solar eclipse though every library in the country will observe at least a partial eclipse.

So jump on the eclipse train! Please go to: to register your library. We will, in turn, let you know how to access the following valuable resources:

  • Vetted Multimedia for Programming/Promotion (Images, Video, Animations, Artwork)
  • Media Template Package (Press Release, PSA, Community Letter, Media Alert)
  • Private Eclipse Forum (registered libraries)
  • Inclusion in Special Eclipse Promotions (Social Media, Blogs, Newsletters, etc.)
  • Enrollment in STAR_Net’sEclipse Newsletter

When your eclipse event is planned, you can share your press release, flyer, website link, or like material with us to receive 50 free Solar Shades for your patrons to watch along with us! (shades are available on a first come, first serve basis).

Best wishes,

Paul B. Dusenbery, Director
National Center for Interactive Learning
Space Science Institute
Boulder, Colorado

Literacy Texas 2016 Conference to be Held in San Marcos, August 1-3

Literacy Texas will be holding their 2016 annual conference on August 1-3 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos – Hotel, Spa, and Conference Center. The conference will provide training on every aspect of developing and maintaining an adult literacy program, with researched methods and experienced instructors.

Scholarships to attend conference are available for volunteers and staff at Texas libraries not already receiving professional development funds from the Texas Workforce Commission.  There is a limit of 5 scholarships per library, and the scholarships cover the cost of registration only. The Literacy Texas 2016 Annual Conference is open to anyone working in Adult Education and Literacy.

For more information, please visit the Literacy Texas website.


Central Texas Read The Great Gatsby

The Harker Heights Public Library, the Central Texas A&M Public Library, Copperas Cove Public Library, the Killeen Public Library, and other community libraries will be celebrating The Great Gatsby this spring. Below is a flyer with some exciting related programs. Please feel free to share this information and the flyers with co-workers, patrons, students, and or parents who may be interested in this opportunity.

great gatsby flyer updated 3

All that Jazz 2016

Literacy Texas To Hold West Texas Literacy Symposium on Adult Literacy


From the Literacy Texas website:

The West Texas Literacy Symposium will be held March 19 at the McKenzie Merket Alumni Center, 17th St, Lubbock, TX 79401. This professional development program will feature a variety of training topics to promote adult literacy awareness and initiatives, including a keynote from TWC AEL Director Anson Green.

See the Literacy Texas website for more information or to register for this event.

Save the Date: 31st Annual Texas Storytelling Festival in March 2016


31st Annual
Texas Storytelling Festival

March 10 – 13, 2016
Denton Civic Center
Denton, TX

Featuring Rev. Robert Jones, Minton Sparks, Eldrena Douma, and Antonio Sacre.

Rev. Robert Jones is a nationally known and featured storyteller, whose stories combine elements of music, humor, along with emotion, fact and fiction to convey the truths found in our shared culture.

Minton Sparks fuses music, poetry, and her intoxicating gift for storytelling. She paints word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and the places she knows like the back of her hand.

Eldrena Douma is a Native American storyteller. A Pueblo Indian, her experience as a storyteller began at a very young age on both the Laguna and Hopi tribal lands. Today, she travels throughout the United States, inspiring students and adults to listen, think, and read through stories of her personal experiences filled with wisdom and humor.

Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring storyteller, writer, and solo performance artist. He draw from an extensive repertoire that includes folk tales, myths and legends from around the world, focusing on Spanish-speaking countries.

Storytelling day concerts for adults and families. Evening story concerts for adults and children, ten and up.

Workshops for storytellers, teachers, librarians, councilors, parents, and members of religious institutions.

Free storytelling concerts for the public: Ghost Stories, Sacred Stories and Saturday family and youth activities.


For more information or to register,
(940) 380 – 9320

February 15 – Deadline for early bird registration. Save $35!
Single Concert Tickets are $10 at the door. Some events are free to the public.

Tejas Storytelling Association
P.O. Box 2806
Denton, TX 76202

(**Events with sign language interpreters for the deaf.)

Thursday, March 10
Ghost Stories “Witches’ Cauldron” (progressively scarier)**

Friday, March 11
Storytelling Concerts
Opening Concert of Featured Tellers**
The Original Recipe: Folk Tale Telling
Breaking Bread with Old Friends: John Henry Faulk Recipients
Regional Recipe: North Meets South/ South Meets North with Rev. Robert Jones
Rising Stars featuring 5 tellers from Affiliate Guilds
Evening Concert with Featured Tellers**

Other Events
Workshops all day
Story Swap
Sweet Retreat Ice Cream Social
Mini-World Music Dance Party!
Friday Nite Lite Dinner or Supper on Your Own

Saturday, March 12   
Storytelling Concerts
Family Concert**
Liars’ Contest: Bittersweet Taste of the Truth (Overcooked)**
Haute Cuisine: New Voices in the Kitchen
Fringe Storytelling Concert
Evening Concert with Featured Tellers**

Other Events
Kids Day Activities
Story Swap
“Just Chewing the Fat”: Talking Tales with Tom McDermott and friends
Talespinner Dinner and Silent Auction

Sunday, March 13
Labyrinth Walk
Master Class— Selecting and Mixing the Perfect Storytelling Ingredients    with Chef Antonio Sacre
Sacred Tales Concert**
Closing Concert with Featured Tellers**

Free Storytelling Concerts and Events for the Public
Thursday, March 10
7:00 pm – Ghost Stories “Witches’ Cauldron” (progressively scarier)**

Saturday, March 12
9:00 am – Family Storytelling Concert**
10:30 am Kid’s Day Activities: Meet the Tellers, Art, Stories, Workshops, Story Swap, and Lunch
3:15 pm – Fringe Storytelling Concert (Women’s Building)

Sunday, March 13
9:30 am – Sacred Tales Storytelling Concert**

Research Stew: The Spice that makes the Difference – Jaye McLaughlin and Fred Peters
Is the Ghost Story Dead? – Loren Niemi
Songs of Praise and Protest – Rev. Robert Jones Sr.
History, Mystery, Monsters & Myth: Stories and Science of the Earth’s Movements – Linda King Pruitt
Cooking Up Some Family Stories – Antonio Sacre
Burn Through Your Story – Minton Sparks
A Conversation with Eldrena Douma
Just Enough to Sign a Story – Nancy Simpson

October is Texas Archives Month

From TSLAC website:

In October 2015, Texas will join archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas’ historical records, to publicize the many ways these records enrich our lives, to recognize those who maintain our communities’ historical records, and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical treasures and making them available for use by present and future generations.

TSLAC offers resources for Archives Month such as proclamations and ideas on how to celebrate in your community on their website.

Best Practices from American’s Best Small Libraries

Best Practices from Best Small Libraries

A free webcast series presented by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Providing exceptional library service on a small library budget and staff size presents special challenges, but also unique opportunities to meet core community needs. In this new webcast series, a combination of live and on-demand presentations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, winners and runners up from a decade of LJ’s Best Small Libraries in America award, plus other rural and small library voices, will share hands-on, real-world tested expertise.

Moderated by Kristi Chadwick, Small Libraries Advisor to the Massachusetts Library System, registration is now open for the initial presentations.

Registration is open for two sessions currently:

Marketing & Outreach for Small Libraries

LIVE: Tuesday, August 25th @ 3pm EDT / Noon PDT

Marketing and outreach are crucial for libraries of all sizes, but doing so on a small library budget and staff size presents unique challenges. How do you get out to community events when there’s no one else to keep the library going while you’re gone? Learn actionable techniques for how to be your own graphic designer, copywriter, and outreach specialist.


  • Karen Lemke, Public Relations Director/Adult Services Librarian, Pine River Library District, CO
  • Patrick Sweeney, Administrative Librarian, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA & 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker


 Funding & Fundraising for Small Libraries

LIVE: Tuesday, September 1st @ 3pm EDT / Noon PDTFor small and rural libraries looking to not only sustain core services but stretch to respond to new community needs, effective fundraising is fundamental. Learn how to navigate the funding landscape to make the most of grants, work with foundations, and tap other sources as well as the bread and butter of advocacy for taxpayer funding and Friends support.SPEAKERS

  • Mary Beth Stenger, Director, Southern Area Library, Lost Creek, WV
  • Cheryl Clay, Trustee, Pine River Library District, CO



  • Data and Assessment for Small Libraries
  • Library Construction and Renovation for Small Libraries
  • Customer Service for Small Libraries
  • Solo Directorship for Small Libraries
  • Technology for Small Libraries
  • Makerspaces & STEM for Small Libraries
  • Delivering Community Value: How to Make Yourself Indispensable for Small Libraries
  • Professional Development for Small Libraries

School Library Journal SummerTeen 2015


Join SLJ on August 13th at 11am ET for a full day of free online programming tackling important issues impacting your teen collection and programming. You’ll hear directly from authors about their current and forthcoming titles in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.

Panels will focus on important teen issues and trends, including the transgendered experience, selecting quality nonfiction, and navigating romance genre mashups.

New this year are sessions dedicated entirely to teen services and programming! Learn from innovative librarians about gaming in the library, setting up teen volunteer groups, and launching a “Con” in your library.

Plus, explore our virtual exhibit hall and hear directly from publishers about their newest books you’ll want for your collection this year, and enjoy live chats with featured authors.

SummerTeen is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost! It’s a must for teen and young adult services librarians, and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs, and anyone who loves YA/teen literature.

Go here for more information and to register for this event!