Category Archives: library news

Harker Heights’ Family Learning Space Opening!

Congratulations to the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library as they open their new Friends & Family Learning Space, a Family Place initiative. The grand opening is Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. Children, parents, and caregivers are welcome to see the specially designed area with developmentally appropriate toys, new parenting books, new board books, and new circulating toys.

Study Shows $2.628 Billion in Economic Benefits from Texas Public Libraries

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission produced a study of the economic impact of public libraries in Texas using data from the 2015 fiscal year. This study was lead by Dr. James Jarrett, Senior Research Scientist of the Bureau of Business Research, IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin. The economic modeling was performed by Brian Lewandowski, Associate Director of the Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder.

The short version is that Texas communities gain an average of $4.64 in benefits for every $1.00 invested in their public library. The full text of the press release is at A video announcement may be viewed at

Flood Damage Recovery in Libraries

Wimberley Village Library‘s Carolyn Manning was featured on television this weekend because her library is serving as a place where people can leave found photos for eventual recovery by their owners. WVL also hosted a photographs workshop with archival professionals from the University of Texas at Austin School of Information to help residents preserve photographs that have been damaged by the floods. We are proud of all of our libraries who are reaching out to serve their communities in this time of crisis.

Midland Library Works with the Symphony


Free Library Concert Series notes colorful

MIDLAND, TX – The Midland Public Library and Library Foundation are teaming up with the Midland Odessa Symphony & Chorale to present 7 free concerts at local libraries between now and November. The initiative has been funded by a grant from the Arts Council of Midland.

The series includes concerts for both children and adults, and will feature a mix of each of the symphony’s four chamber ensembles. Tonight’s debut concert features the Permian Basin String Quartet at 4:00pm at the Downtown Library.

A Year at CTLS

CTLS would like to thank you for your support over the last year. Many of you responded to our survey for your feedback. Take a look at some of the things member libraries have done this last year. Find out more about our grants. It really was a great year!
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Who We Are..……………………….…..………….…..3
2014 Board of Directors……….….….……….……4
CTLS By the Numbers……………….….………..….5
CTLS Services……………………………………..….….6
CTLS Consulting……………………..………………….8
CTLS Continuing Education……………..…………9
Science Rocks Grant………….….………….………10
Connect4Literacy Grant………………….……….12
Member Library Highlights—Awards….……14
Member Library Highlights—Expansions….16
Member Library Highlights—Service….……17
Member Library Highlights—Events……….18
Member Library Highlights—News…………19
Member Library Staff Highlights……….…….20


Library Ghouls in Presidio

Presidio Halloween Costume Contest

Check out the ghouls that haunted the Presidio Library this Halloween! Prizes were awarded for the Scariest, Funniest, and Most Original costumes at the City of Presidio Library on October 30th. Forty-five children participated in the contest. Local stores and volunteers sponsored the prizes for the children. They would like to say a special thank you to Dollar General, Alco Deptartment Store, Farmers Insurance, Bealls, Porter’s Thriftway, Ponchos Pizza and Big Bend Banks of Presidio for their support of the event.


Edinburg Library Director Letty Leija named 2013 Woman of the Year

Our congratulations to Letty Leija! What an honor!

Letty S. Lejia

Leticia S. Leija, Director of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library

Date: 10/16/2013

UTPA President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen and Dustin M. Sekula Library Director Leticia S. Leija to be honored as Edinburg Chamber Man and Woman of the Year

Edinburg –  The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce 2013 Man and Woman of the Year, The University of Texas- Pan America President Dr. Robert S. Nelsen and Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library Director Leticia S. Leija. Please join us to honor them at the Chamber’s Annual Installation Banquet to be held on Thursday, October 24th at 6pm. This year the event will take place at Echo Hotel and Conference center located at 1903 S. Closner Rd. in Edinburg.   The Installation Banquet is being held to recognize Mr. Robert McGurk as incoming Chairman and Ms. Dina Araguz as outgoing chairman for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. Tickets to attend the Annual Banquet are $30 per person, or $300 for a table of 8. Attire will be business casual and all are encouraged to attend this wonderful event.

 Dr. Robert S. Nelsen is the 8th President of The University of Texas-Pan American and is into his third year as head of this Valley institution.  He comes to South Texas with a distinguished 30-year career in educational leadership and community service.

Dr. Nelsen continued his education by earning a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at The University of Chicago.  His Ph.D. fields of specialization are modern literature, modern philosophy and modern political theory. Today he’s a literature and philosophy scholar, experienced administrator, award-winning professor, published writer and author.

Leticia S. Leija, Director of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library, has worked with the City of Edinburg for over 21 years.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1990 from the University of Texas –Pan American and a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas in 2000.

Ms. Leija was initially hired as the Children’s Librarian in 1992 and became the Library Director in 2003.  In 2006, Ms. Leija was instrumental in the planning of the new Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library located at 1906 S. Closner Blvd.  Her passion for library services and leadership has helped the Library receive various “Excellence in Library Services Awards” and a Congressional Recognition Award from Congressman Ruben Hinojosa for the Library’s service in the community.  For her dedication and contributions to the community, Ms. Leija has also been featured as an “Orgullo del Valle/Pride of the Valley” in the local Univision and Fox TV Channels.

Among Man and Woman of the Year, the Chamber of Commerce will also recognize the Chamber Ambassador of the Year:  Agustin Lozano Jr. (Bert Ogden Dealer Group), the Outstanding Leadership Award recipient: Marissa Castaneda (Doctors Hospital at Renaissance), and City of Edinburg Firefighter of the Year: Carlos Lopez. For more information on this event, please call the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce at 956-383-4974.


Harker Heights opens Little Free Library

The Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library officially opened its new Little Free Libraries at the Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights, TX. The Military Child Education Coalition, the Friends of the Library, and the Harker Heights Public Library and Parks and Recreation Departments partnered to provide not only these Little Free Libraries and the books to go in them but also a grand opening filled with storytime, refreshments, a proclamation read by Mayor Pro Tem Rob Robinson, a ribbon cutting, and of course the distribution of many free books. If you are in Harker Heights, stop by the park play area to pick up a free book! Donate books that you have already read!

Harker Heights Little Library