From Shanda Subia, Lampasas Public Library.
Our program was on Monday, February 25 [for International Polar Bear Day]. We could see the polar bear, Cranberry (she was born around Thanksgiving), in the background, and then Shannon talked about what characteristics polar bears have that allow them to live in the Arctic climate, and she would ask questions along the way. Then, at the end, she allowed time for questions; we had several for her. Afterwards, a dad asked how we found out about this and mentioned maybe doing that with some other zoos/animals. I told him I had just received an email about this, and I didn’t know if other zoos did things like this or not, but I told him I’d look into it. It was very well-received; I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. Technology is awesome – how else could central Texans see polar bears at the Alaska Zoo?!
Visit https://www.alaskazoo.org/ to learn more. They have a polar bear webcam and an email list for future announcements.
News from Sandy Underwood, Library Director of Leon Valley Public Library.
I have to take a moment to brag on the library and staff……
On February 14, we were awarded the “Most Loved Library” award by HulaFrog San Antonio NorthWest. HulaFrog is a well known parents website that features activities for children in the area. The parents voted for their “Most Loved” businesses in a number of categories. For libraries, our competition included about eight San Antonio Branches…..and we came out on top!
Here is the web notice of the winners: https://hulafrog.com/san-antonio-northwest-tx/most-loved-awards/
Also check out the response on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leon-Valley-Public-Library/
Time Magazine selected the new Austin Central Library for its 2018 list of 100 World’s Greatest Places. The direct link to the entry is http://time.com/collection/worlds-greatest-places-2018/5359176/austin-central-library-texas/. The Austin Statesman provides additional information about Time Magazine’s selection. Also, Austin Business Journal covers some of the contractors involved.
These CTLS libraries received grants from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation of Columbus, Texas in amounts from $2,115 to $40,000.
Projects funded were computers, collection development, digitization, programming, and a teen area.
We are grateful to the foundation for helping our libraries! If your library received a grant and is not listed below, please contact Laurie at the system office.
Tye Preston – Canyon Lake
Congratulations to the recipient libraries and thank you to the foundation!
The 17th Annual Genealogy Lock-in presented by the Waco-Mclennan County Library will be streamed online on October 20th. The above image was shared with us from the publicity flyer from the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial library in Brenham which will be streaming the event live for their patrons.
Here is the streamed programming schedule for the day.
11:00 – 11:50 am Orphan Train Riders: Tracks to Texas & Beyond, All Aboard 1854 to 1929
One in every 25 Americans has a connection to an Orphan Train rider between 1854 & 1929. Over 200,000 children were relocated from the East to the West coast on trains. Texas was a vital part of this history. Research techniques and resources will be demonstrated.
Noon-1:30 pm Beginner’s Guide to Documenting Your Family History
LaToya Devezin, Community Archivist, Austin History Center
Researchers will learn how use resources to create a family tree, record and organize their information, and navigate online and archival records to find their ancestors. Learn a fresh approach and up-to-date information in this first-step Beginner’s class.
1:40 – 2:40 pm Discover Local History through a Regional Depository
Laura Saegert, Assistant Director for Archives, Archives & Information Services Division, TSLAC
The Regional Historical Resources Depository (RHRD) Program of the Texas State Library & Archives Commission collects, preserves and makes available for public use the historical records of the local governments of Texas. The RHRDs house records with genealogical interest, in microfilm but also original paper records. The presentation will introduce you to these wonderful sources of information for your genealogical and historical work.
2:50 – 3:50 pm My Texans during the Republic.
Sharon Farnsworth, Registrar for the Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Learn how to track your generations back to your Ancestors during the Republic of Texas through birth and death certificates, census, and wills. Learn ways to find where your Ancestors lived and their contributions to Texas during the Republic through land grants, military records and other documents.
4:00 – 5:00 pm Connecting Your DNA Matches
Diahan Southard, Your DNA Guide
While it is possible for you to analyze your DNA matches one at a time to determine how you are related, there is much that can be accomplished by first identifying the connections between those on your match list, and then working together to determine how you are related. Learn the tips and tricks to this powerful method of match analysis.
5:00-6:00 pm Dinner break
6:00 – 7:00 pm Researching Your Czech Immigrant Ancestor’s Background in the Old Fatherland
Dr. Miroslav Koudelka, Genealogy researcher and guide from the Czech Republic & TCGS charter member
This presentation will cover the strategies and sources (both online & in print) to trace your Moravian or Bohemian ancestry. Explore obstacles in identifying place of origin and tools to overcome them. Learn which documents to research first, and which are the “icing on the cake.” Czech/German/Latin forms names, places, and professions. Following up research with a visit to the ancestral area and meeting relatives? Learn what to know beforehand and what to expect on the spot.
7:10 – 8:10 pm Get the Scoop on Your Ancestors with Newspapers
Lisa Louise Cooke, Family History Author, Speaker, & Producer The Genealogy Gems Podcast
Yearning to “read all about it?” Newspapers are a fantastic source of research leads, information and historical context for your family history. Learn the specialized approach and tech tools required to achieve success in locating newspapers, and uncovering the genealogical gems they contain about your family.
8:20 – 9:30 pm Discovering Your WWI Ancestor: Sources & Resources
Earl Pogue, Family Historian & Author
Do you know or suspect that you have a WWI veteran in your family tree? If so, discover what resources are available to identify and provide information about your ancestor that served in the Great War. A variety of resources including draft registration records, service cards, newspapers, vital and cemetery records will be discussed.
From the TSLAC website:
The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017. This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance. Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.
The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/07/deadline-governmental-jurisdictions-and-private-nonprofits-request-0.
From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:
Libraries in southeast Texas are just now beginning the long process of recovery after Hurricane Harvey, and this disaster has made many libraries around the state questioning their readiness in the event of a natural disaster.
Join us for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, September 27 at 2pm. to learn how to bring damaged libraries back after a disaster. Our special guest is Susan Quinn, director of Ocean Beaches Public Library in New Jersey. Her community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and she has critical advice and insights into recovery, and preparing for future disasters.
Wednesday, September 27
2-3pm central time
From the TSLAC website:
Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants
These grants funds Texas library services and programs to aid libraries that sustained damage by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. They assist libraries in restoring services and programs to their patrons.
This grant program will fund operating expenditures such as library supplies and materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services. To be eligible, grant expenses must be reasonable and in accordance with appropriate state or local operating policies and procedures. Further, all grant expenses must be designed to respond directly to the disaster.
For further information on grant amount, eligible activities, and libraries that are eligible to recieve funds, please visit this page of the TSLAC website.
This year’s Library Card Sign-Up Month resources feature DC Super Heroes, the Teen Titans. Posters and bookmarks are available for purchase through ALA. There are also press releases and PSA scripts in both English and Spanish, sample Tweets, Twitter and Facebook sized images, and many other great resources available here. Check them out and use them to promote this month!