Category Archives: Education Opportunities

17th Annual Genealogy Lock-In Virtual Event on October 20th

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

Paula Perkins

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.

TxLa Webinar on Disaster Preparedness

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

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.


Texas Summer Storytelling Conference ~ Waco, June 17–19, 2016


From the Tejas Storytelling Association website:


The summer conference is known for stories, workshops, feasts, and fun. Our featured presenter this year is Charles Temple, PhD.

Starting on Friday the 17th and continuing through Sacred Tales on the 19th, gather with friends, new and old, to increase your knowledge of using storytelling in a wide variety of environments, build your storytelling skills, and broaden your attitudes to the diverse application of storytelling your world.

Be sure to book your hotel room early, by May 17th, so you can be staying right on site.  And with plenty of local restaurants nearby, you won’t have trouble finding a place for a nice lunch break.

You’ll want to see everything from the opening concert to final moments on Sunday. We have day passes and full weekend passes – and you can choose to enjoy a fine barbecue meal with salad bar, deserts, and drinks on Saturday night from local favorite, Uncle Dan’s BBQ & Ribhouse.

We’ll have our Story Store and guild area as in previous years – and a host of tellers and fun for all!

Charles TempleOur Keynote Speaker, Charlie Temple, Ph.D.,

knows that storytelling is a strategy that works in developing language and literacy competency, in building community in diverse classrooms, and in bridging cultures across the globe. His message and methods are incredible. They have been adopted by UNESCO.  Charlie has created literature for children in Central Europe, the Caucasus, and West and East Africa. He works with progressive educators around the world to promote active learning, critical thinking, cooperation, and peace-building. He has done a workshop at the Texas Storytelling Festival on using storytelling in conflict transformation/resolution.  He is a Professor and Chair of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Board of Directors for Critical Thinking International, Inc.

Save $15 by registering before May 17.
For more information and to register go to:

Kate DiCamillo Author Event To Highlight Importance of Summer Reading

Share this live webcast author event with Kate DiCamillo, this year’s National Summer Reading Champion, with your local schools to help promote your SRP! Visit the website for more information and to register to view the live event.

From Candlewick Press press release:

REGISTER for the Kate DiCamillo May 13th Virtual Author Event and LIVE Webcast
Candlewick Press Presents
An exclusive live webcast with beloved children’s book author Kate DiCamillo
2016 National Summer Reading Champion and
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emeritus
Broadcasting LIVE from Edgewood School in Woodridge, IL
Moderated by John Schumacher –
Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00-11:00 AM CDTJoin two-time Newbery award-winning author Kate DiCamillo as she discusses her newest release, Raymie Nightingale, a masterful, moving novel about an unforgettable summer friendship.

DiCamillo, in her role as National Summer Reading Champion, will also talk directly to students about the importance of summer reading and encourage signs ups at local public libraries for the 2016 program “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” You can learn more about summer reading and Kate’s advocacy for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) at:

Sign up now! We encourage you to set up an class assembly for this live event, so all of your kids, parents, and teachers will be able to watch and participate. To view the LIVE webcast, sites need just an internet connection and web browser.

Broadcasting LIVE from Edgewood School in Woodridge, IL

Sponsored by: Candlewick Press, proud publisher of other DiCamillo favorites including Flora & Ulysses, The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Because of Winn Dixie, and the Mercy Watson series.

* Required
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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