Category Archives: member news

Round Rock school librarian opening libraries in Uganda

Check out Erin Cargile’s KXAN piece on Trudy Marshall , a retiring librarian who is not resting on her laurels, but plans to spread the message of literacy across the globe to communities in Uganda.

“In 2005 , she built the first library at a school in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda . There weren’t plans to build another until she met an African pastor who invited Marshall to his village. Libraries of Love has helped build 19 libraries from scratch that serve 25,000 children. The books are shipped out of Austin a couple of months ahead of time. Teams of volunteers show up in the summer and build a library a day. They start with putting the together and then come the books. Marshall is headed to Uganda again this Saturday. When she returns in three months, four more libraries will be open.”

Amazing work, Trudy!

West’s Tale-Tellers

This is the new group of Tale Tellers in West. These teens plan and carry out the library’s storytimes on weekends. They are the new generation of the group for which West won the Wayne Williams Project of the Year from TLA. Some topics this summer will include: Fiesta Fiasco, Mad Scientist, BFFs or Friendship Day, Bubbles, Masquerade Ball (final presentation and awards for summer reading), and Let’s Have a Picnic.

CTLS Librarian Recognized for Outstanding Service to Libraries

On April 13 the Texas Library Association recognized the work that Susan Mann – Hillsboro City Library- has done on behalf of all libraries in Texas.

Susan received the Distinguished Service to Libraries from TLA at its Annual Conference in Austin Texas. Susan has worked tirelessly to increase state aid for public library programs during ever session of the Texas Legislature since 1991. The award was presented to Susan by State Representative Jim Pitts who took time off from his very busy schedule to announce the award before the 3000+ librarians gathered for the 1st General Session of the Conference.

Shown here are Representative Jim Pitts, Susan Mann, and Beth Fox, Director of the Westbank Community Library District. Beth was instrumental in nominating Susan for this very prestigious award. Congratulations to Susan for her wonderful work on behalf of libraries all over the state.

Nancy Franklin

It is with a sad heart that we report that Nancy Franklin, long time Mt Calm Librarian, passed away this morning around 6 a.m.  Nancy died at home in Mt. Calm in the care of her daughters Elizabeth and Kathleen.  Nancy founded the Mt. Calm library in 1979 in this tiny community of barely 300 souls.  She kept it going with hard work, chicken dinners, book sales, leaning on friends, and a good deal of her own money.  She was a $1 a year librarian who got a raise to $10 in 2005 so that her salary would keep up with inflation.

Nancy was a founding member of the Texas Library Association’s Small Community Libraries Interest Group in 1987.  This Interest Group quickly swelled in size to become a full fledged Round Table in 1988.  She was honored as the first Small Community Librarian of the Year in 1988.  Nancy left her mark on small libraries all across the state of Texas.  She will be long remembered for her sense of humor, her generous and open nature, and her love of libraries and the people who love them.

Services will be on Friday at 2 p.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Mexia.

Sit! Stay! Read! Graduation

Johnson City had a graduation for the dogs who “passed” the Sit! Stay! Read! training to be therapy dogs for reluctant readers. Graduation was Wednesday, November 17. This innovative program builds a partnership between the Library and the Johnson City School District. The program pairs students with trained therapy dogs who act as empathic and non-judgmental partners for reading. Congrats, pups!

Remembering Ruth Engel

Long time Marble Falls library volunteer and CTLS Advisory Council member passed away on September 3 after a short battle with cancer.  Ruth S. Engel served as the lay representative for the Burnet County Library system for several years before her election to the CTLS Advisory Council in 1999.  Ruth served on the Advisory Council until August 31, 2005 when the CTLS Board of Directors took over the management of the System.  Ms. Engel was one of the original signators on the CTLS, Inc articles of incorporation.  She was a strong library supporter, a hard working Advisory Council member, and a charming colleague.  Her many friends across CTLS will miss her.