Category Archives: Members

Remembering Marjorie Martinez

Buda Public Library’s former Library Director, Marjorie Martinez passed away on Saturday, July 24th, 2010. Marjorie came to work at the Buda Public Library in July 1989 after working for years as an educator in many capacities.  She received her Masters of Library and Information Science from U.T., Austin, in May of 1997 while serving as the Librarian in Buda.  “She led the Buda Public Library into the 21st century  through her acceptance and promotion of technology as a pathway to information and served multiple roles as librarian, teacher, mentor and friend to countless  members of the community.  Marjorie worked tirelessly to promote literacy and lifelong learning among the citizens of not only Buda but Hays County as well,” says Toni Milam.  In April, 2010 Marjorie retired from her  position as Director and was honored by the Mayor and Council with special recognition for her twenty years of superior service, dedication, and commitment to the Citizens of Buda. We’ll miss you, Marjorie.

Congrats to RoseAleta

from Christine McNew on the Texas State Library blog

Congratulations to RoseAleta Laurell, Director of the Ingleside Public Library!  The Texas State Library is very happy to announce that Librarian on the Roof! A True Story by M. G. King and Stephen Gilpinas will represent Texas on the 2010 National Book Festival “Great Reads About Great Places” list. Librarian on the Roof!, a picture book for children ages 4 to 8, will be published by Albert Whitman & Company on September 1, 2010.  It is the story of how RoseAleta raised the money for a children’s section of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart by spending a week living and working on the library roof.  After surviving a dangerous storm, RoseAleta raised over $39,000 from within the community and across the country!

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The Westbank Library Wins a National Award

We are delighted to congratulate the Westbank Library on winning the American Library Association’s most prestigious award, the 2010 John Cotton Dana Award for public relations. The ALA has given the Library this much-deserved recognition for their three year effort to build, and fund, a new library while keeping to their mission: One Library; Two Locations. Director Beth Fox and Trustee Lyle Thormann were on-site to receive the JCD Award at the American Library Association Conference in Washington DC on Sunday, June 27th. They were honored at a cocktail reception and are bringing home a plaque for all the library supporters! Check out their entry.

Sisters in Crime at Taylor

from Karen Ellis:
The Sisters in Crime continue to take library photos for their “We Love Libraries” monthly drawing for $1,000.00. Rules are pretty simple—just have at least 2 staff members pose with three mystery books written by Sisters in Crime members. Then you submit your photo through their online entry form. Easy stuff. You only need to submit one picture and it is in the drawing monthly. This random drawing is on the last business day of each month. This runs through December 2010. Not too late to enter. I’ve attached our library’s photo. Even though the drawings are random, we cannot miss the opportunity to have some fun. Posed are Ruth Teggeman, Veronica Ochoa and Lakay Williams. Sally Diaz played dead under the sheet.

Tommi Myers Llano’s Citizen of the Year

A big congratulations to Tommi Myers, one of the hardworking librarians at the Llano County Library, who was awarded Citizen of the Year at the Llano Chamber banquet this January. She was nominated for her work in preserving the history of Llano County (through programs with the Book Festival and the first Cemetery Tour) plus her work with recognizing Llano County’s military personnel. Way to go, Tommi!

Braille at West Public Library

Nancy from West Public Library shares:

Last Saturday a lady and man (I’d never seen) came to the library to get a card. They are new in town from Maine so I showed them around the library. At some point she heard a mom ask about our next story time. The lady (Janice) came up and said, “Do you have story time?” And here we go………

Janice has a registered therapy boxer named Braille who is blind. This dog has been in a Boxer magazine, in Eastland shoe ads, in an Animal Planet promotion commercial, and in fashion parades. She has visited nursing homes, children’s museums, etc. The web site is (click on Braille) in case you wish to see photos or read a story or two. I got a bit teary eyed. Braille can do little tricks. Now, she does run into things a bit until she gets comfortable.

Braille was born blind and left on the street in San Antonio. She was placed in a shelter but at nine months was going to be “put to sleep.” She was rescued and shuttled cross county by a small aircraft pilots group or something. Janice adopted her at nine months and began training immediately.

Anyway, we are making this into our Valentine’s Day story time: A Very Special Love Story. The teens are reading Brave Norman, the true story about a shelter dog that goes blind but saves a little girl’s life. Then Janice will tell the kids about Braille’s story and have her do tricks. Her message is a very strong: DON’T LET ANYTHING HOLD YOU BACK! We will be collecting towels for Fuzzy Friends, a local animal shelter as part of our program. Our craft will be to make rattle toys for the shelter. Oh, and it’s free.