Category Archives: Member News

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!

A Visit to the New Braunfels Public Library

One of my favorite parts of my job is being on the road and visiting some amazing Texas public libraries. I recently attended a training on youth mental health (which you can read about in our latest newsletter) in New Braunfels. Like I always do when I travel, I stopped by the library. Though they were very busy with multiple SRP programs happening, Director Gretchen Pruett and staff gave me a warm welcome, a tour of their lovely library, and a chance to hold a wallaby that was there for a program! I want to thank them for their hospitality and congratulate them on what looks to be a successful summer. What a wonderful resource they are to the City of New Braunfels!

Katelyn Patterson

 

Beautiful Texas sky next to their wonderful bookmobile!

The teen area was busy, colorful, and definitely a cool place to hang.

The children’s area is so lovely. It is very bright and fresh, highlighting flora and fauna of Texas and the Comal River.

And finally me… with a wallaby!

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!

 

Art.Reach Programming for Adults

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg is offering Adult Art.Reach Classes.  Below is a picture of one of the classes with their finished art projects! Such a wonderful way to get adults creating at the library… and we can appreciate the play on the word outreach. Thank you for sharing your ideas!

 

Edinburg Library Celebrates Wonder Woman Day

Edinburg, Texas–Diana Prince, Amazonian Warrior Princess, Ambassador of Peace, a founding member of the Justice League, she is Wonder Woman.  Learn more about this Comic Book icon at the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library on June 3, during Wonder Woman Day.

 

It’s been over seventy-five years since Wonder Woman, created by American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston and artist Harry G. Peter, first appeared in All Star Comics #8.

 

Inspired by early feminist pioneers such as Margaret Sanger, Wonder Woman shattered the damsel in distress image. Armed with a projectile tiara, indestructible bracelets, and a Lasso of Truth, she fought alongside heroes like Batman and Superman. She also fought against Nazis in World War II, gods of old, and ultimate DC bad guy Darkseid.

 

Since her 1941 debut, she’s gone through several transformations in costumes and character. In 2016, the United Nations briefly named her a United Nations Honorary Ambassador of the Empowerment of Women and Girls.  Despite her changes though, she still remains a cultural icon of feminine strength and empowerment.

 

The free celebration begins at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, and everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favorite hero.  The event is for children of all ages who will create and color their own tiara and bracelet.  They will also be treated to a movie starring none other than Wonder Woman. For more information about this event, contact Omero Morales at 956-383-6246.

 

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CTLS Has a New Home!

CTLS has a new home so please update our physical and mailing address to the following:

CTLS, Inc.
5806 Mesa Dr, Suite 375
Austin, TX 78731

We are looking forward to serving our members from our new office space. As always, never hesitate to contact us if you need help with anything!

Edible Book Fests!

The Larry J. Ringer Library in College Station teamed up with Texas A&M libraries to host the 4th annual Edible Book Festival on April 1st and got a wonderful write up and video in local media. Check it out!

Recently, CTLS staff member Katelyn Patterson attended the Austin Edible Book Fest. Watership Upside-Down, an upside down chocolate raspberry cake, took home Best in Show.

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These are fun events that encourage creativity and, in some cases, engineering! Please let us know if you hosted one at your library!