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North Texas Showcase Next Monday, November 14 in Bedford


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.



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.

Save $15 by registering before May 17.
For more information and to register go to:

TLA Conference Update – It’s OK

The official word is that the TLA Conference is continuing as scheduled and to please check the TLA Facebook page (,, and for updates. I would also like to remind everyone that Houston drains almost as quickly as it fills so lingering floods are pretty uncommon. Watch the reports and it is OK to arrive on a later day if the weather requires it. Call your hotel if you change your schedule.

See you in Houston.

STEM Education Week is April 24-30

STEM Education Week is a week long recognition to raise awareness of the importance of STEM programs and career choices by proclamation of the Governor of Texas. You can participate by hosting a STEM event, registering your event, and using the resources available through the STEMTX website.

If you plan on using STEM Education Week as an opportunity to highlight any programming at your library, make sure to register your event. Let our local and statewide elected officials know that public libraries are important informal STEM educational centers.

Texas State Law Library Proposal for Knight News Challenge on Libraries

The Knight Foundation recently announced the Knight News Challenge on Libraries. The topic this year is How might libraries serve 21st century information needs? This is an open call for ideas focused on advancing libraries to better serve individuals and communities in the 21st century.  There are currently 17 more days to submit a proposal for the first round of reviews.

The Texas State Law Library has requested funding to support their efforts in the Access to Justice movement. The library’s mission is to make legal information available for all Texans. Technology allows digital legal resources to be available statewide via the State Law Library’s web portal.

The State Law Library’s proposal can be read here.

Kate DiCamillo Author Event To Highlight Importance of Summer Reading

Share this live webcast author event with Kate DiCamillo, this year’s National Summer Reading Champion, with your local schools to help promote your SRP! Visit the website for more information and to register to view the live event.

From Candlewick Press press release:

REGISTER for the Kate DiCamillo May 13th Virtual Author Event and LIVE Webcast
Candlewick Press Presents
An exclusive live webcast with beloved children’s book author Kate DiCamillo
2016 National Summer Reading Champion and
National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Emeritus
Broadcasting LIVE from Edgewood School in Woodridge, IL
Moderated by John Schumacher –
Friday, May 13, 2016, 10:00-11:00 AM CDTJoin two-time Newbery award-winning author Kate DiCamillo as she discusses her newest release, Raymie Nightingale, a masterful, moving novel about an unforgettable summer friendship.

DiCamillo, in her role as National Summer Reading Champion, will also talk directly to students about the importance of summer reading and encourage signs ups at local public libraries for the 2016 program “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” You can learn more about summer reading and Kate’s advocacy for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) at:

Sign up now! We encourage you to set up an class assembly for this live event, so all of your kids, parents, and teachers will be able to watch and participate. To view the LIVE webcast, sites need just an internet connection and web browser.

Broadcasting LIVE from Edgewood School in Woodridge, IL

Sponsored by: Candlewick Press, proud publisher of other DiCamillo favorites including Flora & Ulysses, The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Because of Winn Dixie, and the Mercy Watson series.

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Meet Carla D. Hayden, Nominee for Librarian of Congress

On Wednesday, February 24th, President Obama nomated Dr. Carla Hayden to fill the position of Librarian of Congress. If she is confirmed by the Senate, she will be the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. Here is some bio information about Dr. Hayden.

Dr. Carla D. Hayden is CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, a position she has held since 1993. Dr. Hayden was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in January 2010 and was confirmed by the Senate in June 2010. Prior to joining the Pratt Library, Dr. Hayden was Deputy Commissioner and Chief Librarian of the Chicago Public Library from 1991 to 1993. She was an Assistant Professor for Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh from 1987 to 1991. Dr. Hayden was Library Services Coordinator for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago from 1982 to 1987. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library as the Young Adult Services Coordinator from 1979 to 1982 and as a Library Associate and Children’s Librarian from 1973 to 1979. Dr. Hayden was President of the American Library Association from 2003 to 2004. In 1995, she was the first African American to receive Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award in recognition of her outreach services at the Pratt Library, which included an afterschool center for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling. Dr. Hayden received a B.A. from Roosevelt University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.

Midland County Public Library Unveils New Work By 2015 Library Artists

MIDLAND, TX – During this year’s winter break the Midland County Public Library has hosted the second annual Library Artist program featuring brothers Scott and Elliott Lunson at the Centennial Library. Library Artists Scott and Elliott have distributed over 120 free canvases, and art supplies to local residents.

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During the Library Artist program between December 18 and 30, over 3,085 patrons have visited the Centennial Library, and had an opportunity to visit with the artists, and see them at work. The brothers have stayed busy creating two unique large scale pieces of art, which will be dedicated at the programs conclusion December 30 at 3:45pm.

Members of the public are encourage to visit the Centennial Library December 30th between 10:00am and 4:00pm to see the new pieces of art as the artists complete their finishing touches. The few remaining canvases and art supplies will also be available free of charge.

Scott Lunson, is perhaps best known as the founder of Kamiposi – Midland’s contemporary art gallery at 510 S Big Spring. Scott was central in establishing the gallery which has given voice to regional contemporary artists through First Friday gallery openings that bring new collections art into the gallery each month. Elliott Lunson is an art teacher at Lee High School. In addition to exhibitions and shows, the works of both artists are seen in private collections regionally.

The Library Artist program has been made available free to the public through generous financial support from the Midland County Public Library Foundation, and the Arts Council of Midland.