Category Archives: Member Features

Fayette Public Library Hosts Teddy Bear Clinic

The Fayette Public Library had a Teddy Bear Clinic on November 5th. They partnered with a local medical clinic for their first Teddy Bear Clinic program at the library. Twenty seven children were in attendance. They provided crafts and read stories while children waited to see a medical professional. The local Walmart donated funds to purchase new teddy bears for all the children that attended.



More pictures from the event can be found on their Facebook page. If any of you have questions about this event, FPL staff is happy to talk with you!


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!




Displays Make a Difference

The Wharton County Library shared their recent Cinco de Mayo and Star Wars Days displays with us and we wanted to pass these along. A well-done display can really make a difference!

Cinco de Mayo 2016

Cinco de Mayo closeup 2016

Star Wars display

As always, thanks for sharing your creativity with us!



Central Texas Read The Great Gatsby

The Harker Heights Public Library, the Central Texas A&M Public Library, Copperas Cove Public Library, the Killeen Public Library, and other community libraries will be celebrating The Great Gatsby this spring. Below is a flyer with some exciting related programs. Please feel free to share this information and the flyers with co-workers, patrons, students, and or parents who may be interested in this opportunity.

great gatsby flyer updated 3

All that Jazz 2016

Austin Public Library Youth Services Band Puts Kids’ Books to Music

From the Austin Public Library website:

Connecting kids to a love of reading through the power of music!

Come dance along with Echo and the Bats – Austin’s first All Youth Librarian band! You’ve seen their storytimes, now come hear some of your favorite kids’ books put to music! Familiar stories, familiar tunes, all new fun for the whole family! We use our love for books and music to blend the two into a brand new kind of show that makes reading and rocking go hand in hand!

Tunes from Echo & the Bats

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus  A blend of two of our favorite things:  Mo Willems’ book of the same title, and the Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down”
I Like Myself Inspired by the Karen Beaumont book, I Like Myself, and the Ramones “California Sun”
Tiny Dinosaurs Our cover of the amazing song about Pet-Sized Dinosaurs by the band Lunch Money
Will You Still Read Me A reimagining of the Shirelle’s “Will You Still Love Me” from the perspective of a beloved book
Spider Crawlin’ Up the Spout A new spin on the old storytime classic, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” but with structure and melody pulled from the Vaselines’ “Son of a Gun”
Reading So Merrily Fans of Adventure Time will recognize this as Ashley Eriksson’s “Island Song” reimagined as a song about the library
Dancing Song An original work by Mr. Gabriel, bass player for Echo and the Bats