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Exciting things happening in Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill’s storytime has become so popular they have added a second weekly storytime!

Liberty Hill Storytime

They have a very active book club that meets once a month. Sometimes they go see the movie adaptation of a book they have read. Snacks are always provided at meetings and are based on something in the book… dog bone, anyone? How about a spring roll? Here they are reading The Art of Racing in the Rain.


Liberty Hill Book Club

And Liberty Hill provides weekly art classes that meet outside in the pavilion through the fall.

Liberty Hill

Liberty Hill has recently joined the consortium for ebooks and it is very popular with their patrons. They have also recently added notary and proctor services free to the public and have expanded their hours to two evenings a week. The library is the only source of DVDs to the community and they even circulate cake pans!

Sounds like a much loved library in their community! Keep up the good work, Liberty Hill! Thank you for the update!

We love to brag about our members! If you have exciting things to share, please send them to Katelyn!


Giving the Gift of Reading in Lampasas

This year, Lampasas Public Library offered their patrons the opportunity to Give the Gift of Reading. Bundles of 3 like-new or large print books were available for $5, and they sold 40 bundles in about 2 weeks. The library also donated some bundles. Here is a photo of some of the book bundles that were donated to the 3 local nursing homes.

Nursing home books - Give the Gift of Reading Dec 2013

The books had gift tags on them so the purchaser could write which nursing home to which the books would be sent, as well as who the gift was from. This was so well-received that they will likely do it again next year. The nursing home residents who saw the books were very excited, as were the staff.

This is such a wonderful idea and way for the library to be involved in the community. Fantastic idea Lampasas! Thanks for sharing!

Library Journal Five-Star Libraries!

Congratulations to the following Library Journal five-star libraries! Bee Cave Public Library in Bee Cave, Tri-Community Library in Prairie Lea, Black Bridge Library in Dime Box, and Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library in Rocksprings. The D. Brown Library in Rosebud and the Real County Library in Leakey are 3-star libraries. We applaud the hard work and dedication it took to reach this goal.

Transforming Books Into Pumpkins

News from Taylor Public Library
We decorated the Library for fall with pumpkins made from old books. My husband and his band saw are frequently called upon for such projects. You will kill your hand if you just cut pages with scissors. There are links to a couple of tutorials below.

There are just a few differences in construction I used.
1. Fat books are best. The more pages, the better the pages fans out.
2. Small is good—we cut away a lot of the book to make that rounded shape. If the pages are still too long a distance from the spine, they don’t fan out nicely.
3. There is orange spray paint just for paper or silk flowers with the brand name of Design Master—found at Hobby Lobby or Joann stores. It dries quick too.

Thanks Karen Ellis!

Online instructions for the basic techniques:

Next we will be trying Christmas trees from books using the same technique.

Texas Library Snapshot Day!

The Texas Library Association’s annual Library Snapshot Day celebration is officially scheduled for October 31, but libraries can select any day in October as their Snapshot Day. This event offers libraries a framework for promoting services, inviting the public and media to the library, and capturing important information that can be used in advocacy and promotional materials.

TLA’s official Snapshot Day website – – has resources (e.g., a sample press release, customer/student input forms, instructions for submitting final data and uploading photographs, video/photo permissions form, tips for using the information, and much more!).

Thanks to Gloria Meraz at TLA for this information.

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community

From OCLC:
OCLC’s newest membership report, Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, a sequel to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, is now available for print ordering and free download.

Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community, a follow-up to the 2005 Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources, provides updated information and new insights into information consumers and their online information habits, preferences and perceptions. Particular attention was paid to how the current economic downturn has affected information-seeking behaviors and how those changes are reflected in the use and perception of libraries.

Continue reading Perceptions of Libraries, 2010: Context and Community

The Westbank Library Wins a National Award

We are delighted to congratulate the Westbank Library on winning the American Library Association’s most prestigious award, the 2010 John Cotton Dana Award for public relations. The ALA has given the Library this much-deserved recognition for their three year effort to build, and fund, a new library while keeping to their mission: One Library; Two Locations. Director Beth Fox and Trustee Lyle Thormann were on-site to receive the JCD Award at the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC on Sunday, June 27th. They were honored at a cocktail reception and are bringing home a plaque for all the library supporters! Check out their entry.

Share Your School Library Stories

As a part of its continuing advocacy efforts, AASL is collecting school library stories to compile into a printed piece.  They are looking for short stories (one or two small paragraphs) on the successes of school librarians relating to education, college & and career readiness, equity, effective teachers, collaboration, leadership, ELLs, and increasing school performance.