Category Archives: member news

Longtime Madisonville assistant librarian retires

Brenda Pearson, an employee of the Madison County Library for almost 29 years, retired at the end of September. She will be leaving Texas, but promises to come back and visit.  A lovely farewell party was given in her honor at the Madison County Courthouse Annex.

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Shown left to right are CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey, Brenda Pearson, and Library Director Veronica Grooms. So long, Brenda!

West Public Library Storytime

Back in 2009, the West Public Library applid for a Texas Reads Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The application was for a program called When Teens Read and was meant to address the problem of storytime demand with limited staff. The program meant to recruit local teens to provide storytime, not only allowing them to serve more families but empowering their teenagers. Not only did they get the grant, but they also got the TLA Wayne Williams Project of the Year Award the following year. And here we are in 2016 and the program is still going strong!

This year the teens chose friendship for their theme. They can only have half of their teens in attendance during a program because they need space for all of their patrons! And they are noticing a high number of men bringing in children.

What a wonderful project! Thank you for sharing with us!

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Midland County Public Library Unveils New Work By 2015 Library Artists

MIDLAND, TX – During this year’s winter break the Midland County Public Library has hosted the second annual Library Artist program featuring brothers Scott and Elliott Lunson at the Centennial Library. Library Artists Scott and Elliott have distributed over 120 free canvases, and art supplies to local residents.

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During the Library Artist program between December 18 and 30, over 3,085 patrons have visited the Centennial Library, and had an opportunity to visit with the artists, and see them at work. The brothers have stayed busy creating two unique large scale pieces of art, which will be dedicated at the programs conclusion December 30 at 3:45pm.

Members of the public are encourage to visit the Centennial Library December 30th between 10:00am and 4:00pm to see the new pieces of art as the artists complete their finishing touches. The few remaining canvases and art supplies will also be available free of charge.

Scott Lunson, is perhaps best known as the founder of Kamiposi – Midland’s contemporary art gallery at 510 S Big Spring. Scott was central in establishing the gallery which has given voice to regional contemporary artists through First Friday gallery openings that bring new collections art into the gallery each month. Elliott Lunson is an art teacher at Lee High School. In addition to exhibitions and shows, the works of both artists are seen in private collections regionally.

The Library Artist program has been made available free to the public through generous financial support from the Midland County Public Library Foundation, and the Arts Council of Midland.

Director of Edinburg Library Receives Prestigious Mexican Award

The Director of the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg, TX, Leticia S. Leija received the prestigious Ohtli Award during a reception held at the Consulate of Mexico in McAllen.  The Ohtli Award is the highest honor bestowed on a member of the Mexican or Mexican-American community. This award acknowledges and celebrates the recipient’s commitment to uplifting the Mexican culture and traditions as well as for their vision and impact.

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The Mexican government has designated that Ms. Leija’s promotion of the culture and traditions of Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley have established her as the point of contact in the organization of cultural events and artisan fairs in the region.  Ms. Leija, as Director of Library and Cultural Arts for the City of Edinburg has established under her guidance various annual events, such as;  The three day Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebration, Fridafest, a festival in celebration of Mexican Artist, Frida Kahlo and Danzonfest, a celebration of the traditional danzon and the Christmas play and festival, La Pastorela. This year, the South Texas International Film Festival and Los Muertos Bailan: a Dia de los Muertos Celebration, two additional events done in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico in McAllen will be incorporated as annual festivals in the City of Edinburg.
The award which consists of a medallion, silver rosette, and a diploma signed by the President of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME), symbolizes the opening of roads for the well-being of the Mexican community abroad. Ohtli is a náhuatl word that means “good path” or “straight path” and symbolizes the sincere appreciation of the Government of Mexico to the outstanding career of those receiving it.

Westbank Gets a Makeover!

Westbank Library closed for 6 months this year to complete a renovation of their 15,000 square foot facility. The renovation included installation of a fire sprinkler system, addressing maintenance issues, refreshing the space
(new restrooms, kitchen, paint, flooring, furnishings, acoustical tiles, LED lighting, landscape, signage, and technology improvements), and making a few changes in response to changes in the community’s use of the space. They have
added community meeting space, created a single service desk (no more separate reference desk), enclosed the children’s area as a discovery space, and re-designed staff spaces. Their goal was to create a sanctuary for the community, and they are delighted at the warm response from their members!

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Flo Macklin, Jeanne Ferrin and Beth Fox honored at re-dedication 11.20.15

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Below is a photo from their first annual Artisan’s Market hosted by their Friends group. They had about 20 vendors plus 2 food trucks, and the Friends made about $1800 on a silent auction (each vendor donated an item) plus a small rental fee. Sounds like a huge success bringing in about 600 visitors!

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Library Journal Announces 2015 Star Libraries

Library Journal has just published their Star Libraries, taking into account four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. To learn more about how these ratings are given, visit the Library Journal Star Libraries page.

Library Journal shares the data compiled to make the ratings. You can find your library’s data here and even get some ideas on how you could use this data here.

We were pleased to see so many Texas libraries on the list, particularly our CTLS member libraries in Honey Grove, Seven Points, Leakey, Prairie Lea, and Valley Mills! Congratulations!