From Wendy Woodland, Director of Communications of the Texas Library Association:
Libraries in southeast Texas are just now beginning the long process of recovery after Hurricane Harvey, and this disaster has made many libraries around the state questioning their readiness in the event of a natural disaster.
Join us for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, September 27 at 2pm. to learn how to bring damaged libraries back after a disaster. Our special guest is Susan Quinn, director of Ocean Beaches Public Library in New Jersey. Her community was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and she has critical advice and insights into recovery, and preparing for future disasters.
Wednesday, September 27
2-3pm central time
Here are the 6 candidates for the 2018 Board of Directors. The board recently voted to increase the number of members from 9 to 11. 3 board members are up for reelection. Adding 2 more members, this means the 5 candidates receiving the most votes will serve on the board.
The ballots will be sent out by email in the first week of October and will be due 14 calendar days later. Each library may submit one ballot voting for up to 5 of the 6 candidates.
We know that those of you in the area affected most by Harvey are busy assessing damage and serving your community. As you can, please check in with us either via email or by calling the office at (800)262-4431. We can report your status here to share with others that you are alright.
For those that can, please consider donating to the Texas Library Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. You can do so here.
Continue reading Harvey Damage Updates
I am thrilled at how excited everyone got over the celestial event and looked to our libraries as a resource. My family and I traveled up to be in the line of totality and viewed the eclipse at a library in Chesterfield, Missouri. But I know that many of you are resting easier now that the eclipse is past. Librarians all over the country have been calling eclipse glasses the new tax forms.
Now that the dust has settled, did you find that you were left with many discarded glasses? Or perhaps they all disappeared. As many of you probably know, we are going to be getting a wonderful show right here in our own backyards in 2024. If your discarded glasses comply with NASA’s safety standards, the glasses should be reusable indefinitely… as long as they don’t get scratches. So if you were thinking of hoarding those glasses now for 2024, make sure they are stored in such a way that they won’t get scratched.
If you would rather them be gone, Astronomers Without Boarders is working on a plan to collect and redistribute to other areas around the world experiencing an eclipse. Details should be forthcoming soon on their website.
Additionally, you can tear the lenses out and simply recycle the cardboard frames. This Smithsonian post suggests using the lenses in arts and crafts projects to make a souvenir of the event. Sounds like a wonderful programming idea!
Please send us pictures and information about your eclipse programs! How many were in attendance? What did you learn to prepare us for 2024?
The annual Literacy Texas Conference is coming up at the end of the month in San Marcos and is one of the best resources for both adult literacy and 9-12 grade home schooling. Please consider attending if your library provides services directed toward these groups. For more information and to register to attend, please visit their website.
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Brenda Pearson, an employee of the Madison County Library for almost 29 years, retired at the end of September. She will be leaving Texas, but promises to come back and visit. A lovely farewell party was given in her honor at the Madison County Courthouse Annex.
Shown left to right are CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey, Brenda Pearson, and Library Director Veronica Grooms. So long, Brenda!
Last Friday we had our biggest audience to date at our Central Texas Showcase at the Georgetown Public Library! We want to thank all of our performers and exhibitors for participating and all of you that were able to attend.
Our North Texas Showcase is coming up next Monday, November 14th at the Bedford Public Library so there is still time to see the talent before you hire! This is not a repeat performance! New and different performers and exhibitors will be in attendance.
Register here and join us at the Bedford Public Library next Monday!
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will meet in the American Legion Hall in Floresville instead of the new library. Our hostess, Nicki Stohr, says things are not quite ready.
American Legion Hall: 1412 4th St, Floresville, TX 78114. There is a small parking lot connected to the American Legion Hall and more parking across 4th Street near the courthouse.
Paul Waak recently paid a visit to the Johnson City Library to help install the CTLS rotating Exoplanet Kiosk. The exhibit is an interactive kiosk that gets constant updates from the Kepler mission, which is searching for Earth-like exoplanets, planets that orbit another sun outside of our solar system, throughout the galaxy. The kiosk gets live updates from the Space Science Center or Jet Propulsion Labs with any breaking discoveries.
So far, the kiosk has visited Pflugerville, Taylor, Wells Branch, Harker Heights, and Johnson City.