Category Archives: Member Events

International Polar Bear Day In Lampasas

From Shanda Subia, Lampasas Public Library.

Our program was on Monday, February 25 [for International Polar Bear Day]. We could see the polar bear, Cranberry (she was born around Thanksgiving), in the background, and then Shannon talked about what characteristics polar bears have that allow them to live in the Arctic climate, and she would ask questions along the way. Then, at the end, she allowed time for questions; we had several for her. Afterwards, a dad asked how we found out about this and mentioned maybe doing that with some other zoos/animals. I told him I had just received an email about this, and I didn’t know if other zoos did things like this or not, but I told him I’d look into it. It was very well-received; I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids. Technology is awesome – how else could central Texans see polar bears at the Alaska Zoo?!

Visit https://www.alaskazoo.org/ to learn more.  They have a polar bear webcam and an email list for future announcements.

Lampasas Book Festival

Lampasas Public Library hosted a Book Festival on Saturday, January 26, featuring national bestselling author Jodi Thomas. She and other local talent were on hand from 10am-1pm, selling and signing their books. Jodi Thomas spoke at 11am about her journey as a writer and why she decided to leave teaching to become a national bestselling author.

Jodi Thomas signing books
Authors at book signing tables

 

Santa Visit and Gift Making

From M. Louanne Noel at Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells.

I thought you all might be interested in our gift-making and Santa Claus visit this last week.  As we are a small community that lacks for a lot of thriving business identity, our citizens are often under-employed or unemployed and Christmas is always a hardship.  We try to offset the expense by helping with home-made items that will be well-used and well-loved.  We tend to make very big of Christmas as this is a very traditional and religious community so there was plenty of spirit in the air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Public Library Opens New Central Library

Laurie Mahaffey attended the Austin Public Library Foundation’s Gala on Friday, October 27th and was able to meet the new Director Roosevelt Weeks.

Austin Public Library Director Roosevelt Weeks and Mrs. Weeks at the Grand Opening Gala for the new Austin Public Library. CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey is shown with Mr. & Mrs. Weeks.

Youth Services Coordinator Katelyn Patterson volunteered at the Grand Opening event that took place on Saturday, October 29th.

Quiet reading room.

Many Austinites filled the new building for the Grand Opening. There were performances and activities throughout the day. People were touring the building, lounging and reading, signing up for library cards, and checking out books. Attendees were very excited and proud of their new building.

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.