Category Archives: member events

Teen Lock-In in Lampasas

Teens can be tricky for some libraries. The Lampasas Public Library recently held a Teen Lock-In. For a few hours after closing, teens took over the library, ate pizza, played board games. This would be a great way to engage with teens, show them what the library has to offer, and then ask them to be on your Teen Advisory Board!

Thank you for sharing with us, Lampasas!

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.

Round Rock Public Library Hosting Star Wars-Themed Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

From Round Rock Public Library Director Michelle Cervantes:

Star Wars-themed fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey recovery
Donate to the Red Cross, learn light saber stage fighting
August 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come join the Lone Star Saber Academy at Round Rock Public Library for stage saber combat instruction to benefit relief efforts for people affected by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods.

In exchange for a donation to the American Red Cross, participants will enjoy a lesson on stage-fighting with sabers. No minimum donation has been set, but please give generously.

Sessions will be available from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library’s Room A on Wednesday, Aug. 30. You may arrive at any time, enjoy watching other classes and chatting with other aspiring Jedi, win Star Wars raffle prizes, and help our neighbors in Harvey’s path.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at intervals throughout the event. Tickets are $5, and winners must be present to claim their prize.

This event is best enjoyed by kids, teens, and adults who can work in small groups and pay attention to an instructor without being distracted by a light saber in their hands. We recommend a minimum age of 5 years.

All money will be collected and organized by Friends of the Round Rock Public Library, a group of volunteers who work together to extend the Library’s impact in the community, then donated to the Red Cross disaster relief effort for the hurricane and flooding events associated with Hurricane Harvey.

The Lone Star Saber Academy is a local organization made up of volunteer Battle Saber Enthusiasts who use their passion for Star Wars and the saber to give back to and serve the community. Photos of the group’s saber combat instruction from the Library’s Star Wars Reads Day activity can be found in this photo album.

Please come support your fellow Texans.

Texas Writes Workshop in Clifton

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library will be hosting a Texas Writes event at the Bosque Arts Center on Saturday, September 23rd.

Texas Writes is a statewide program that brings accomplished authors to rural libraries for a half day of presentations and panel discussions. Each event is free and open to the public. The Writers’ League of Texas, supported by a grant from the Tocker Foundation, established the Texas Writes program in 2013. If you are interested in bringing Texas Writes programming to your community, contact the Writers’ League of Texas at wlt@writersleague.org or at (512) 499-8914.

2D and 3D Pinhole Projectors for Safely Viewing the Eclipse

Do you have a 3D printer at your library? NASA has shared the .STL file for a pinhole projector in the shape of Texas! Even if you don’t have a 3D printer, that website also has PDFs for making them out of card stock and other inexpensive ideas for safely viewing the eclipse.

Please email us and tell us how you plan to celebrate the eclipse at your library! Get more tips like this in our upcoming monthly newsletter. You can sign up here!

Maker Fest Success in Victoria

The Victoria Public Library held their 2nd annual Maker Fest recently and it was a big success! They had something for everyone with stations showing everything from robotics to paper marbling to 3D pens to quilt making. Here are just a few of the stations they had available.

Victoria Public Library has been a past participating library involved in the CTLS Bots & Books grant.
They showcase some of their Lego Robotics kits at their Maker Fest.

Children working with a 3D pen.

Busy Summer in Clifton

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton is enjoying great turn out at their summer reading program events and are on pace for a record setting year for turnout! Just a couple of some of their successful programs have been Steve Alcorn who is a retired history teacher and Civil War reenactor and Kayler Campbell and her cow, Katie Bell.

Thanks for sharing with us and congrats on those numbers! Please share with us what your library is up to this summer!