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Board of Directors Election for 2018

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.

Harvey Damage Updates

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.

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Eclipse Glasses… Now what?

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?

Longtime Madisonville assistant librarian retires

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.

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Shown left to right are CTLS Executive Director Laurie Mahaffey, Brenda Pearson, and Library Director Veronica Grooms. So long, Brenda!

North Texas Showcase Next Monday, November 14 in Bedford

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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!

Change in Membership Meeting Location

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.

 

Exoplanet Kiosk Installation at the Johnson City Library

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.

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Texas Summer Storytelling Conference ~ Waco, June 17–19, 2016

 

From the Tejas Storytelling Association website:

 

The summer conference is known for stories, workshops, feasts, and fun. Our featured presenter this year is Charles Temple, PhD.

Starting on Friday the 17th and continuing through Sacred Tales on the 19th, gather with friends, new and old, to increase your knowledge of using storytelling in a wide variety of environments, build your storytelling skills, and broaden your attitudes to the diverse application of storytelling your world.

Be sure to book your hotel room early, by May 17th, so you can be staying right on site.  And with plenty of local restaurants nearby, you won’t have trouble finding a place for a nice lunch break.

You’ll want to see everything from the opening concert to final moments on Sunday. We have day passes and full weekend passes – and you can choose to enjoy a fine barbecue meal with salad bar, deserts, and drinks on Saturday night from local favorite, Uncle Dan’s BBQ & Ribhouse.

We’ll have our Story Store and guild area as in previous years – and a host of tellers and fun for all!

Charles TempleOur Keynote Speaker, Charlie Temple, Ph.D.,

knows that storytelling is a strategy that works in developing language and literacy competency, in building community in diverse classrooms, and in bridging cultures across the globe. His message and methods are incredible. They have been adopted by UNESCO.  Charlie has created literature for children in Central Europe, the Caucasus, and West and East Africa. He works with progressive educators around the world to promote active learning, critical thinking, cooperation, and peace-building. He has done a workshop at the Texas Storytelling Festival on using storytelling in conflict transformation/resolution.  He is a Professor and Chair of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. He is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Board of Directors for Critical Thinking International, Inc.  www.criticalthinkinginternational.org

Save $15 by registering before May 17.
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