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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Library And Archives Commission

From the TSLAC website

Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer


Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas State Library And Archives Commission

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 • Austin, Texas • News Release

Governor Greg Abbott today appointed Martha Wong of Houston, Romanita Matta-Barrera of San Antonio and re-appointed Larry Holt of College Station to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for terms to expire on September 28, 2021. The Commission safeguards significant resources, provides information services that inspire and support research, education and reading and enhances the capacity for achievement of current and future generations.


Martha Wong is a community volunteer, former state representative and Houston city council member. Before her state and community service, she was Director of Community Resource and Development at Southwest College. Wong also served as an associate professor at Baylor University. She began her career with the Houston Independent School District serving in a variety of roles as associate superintendent, elementary school principal, special education teacher and first-grade teacher. Wong became the first Asian American woman elected to the Houston city council when she served from 1994 – 2000. She also became the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives which she served from 2003 – 2007. Wong is a member of the Houston Association of Retired Teachers, Asian Pacific American Heritage Association, Greater Houston Pachyderm Club, Chinese American Citizens Alliance and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She has previously served as a board member for the American Red Cross, Neuhaus Education Center, Houston Olympic 2012 Foundation, Alley Theater, Lions Eye Bank Foundation and University of Houston Alumni Organization. Wong was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 1994. She has been recognized as a Distinguished University of Houston Alumni by the UH Alumni Association and the College of Education. Wong graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her master’s and doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Houston. Ms. Wong replaces Sandra S. Pickett of Liberty whose term has expired.


Romanita Matta-Barrera is CEO of Fluent Strategy Group, LLC. Prior to that, she served in a variety of roles as Director of Hispanic Outreach and Communications for the U.S. Department of Education, Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and Texas Media Director for U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Early in her career, she worked with employers and led community relations as part of workforce development for SER Jobs for Progress in San Antonio. Matta-Barrera is an active member of Leadership San Antonio, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development advisory council, Family Service Association of San Antonio and most recently, Leadership SAISD. She has previously served as a gubernatorial appointee to the OneStar National Service Commission. Matta-Barrera earned her bachelor’s degree in both government and Latin American studies from The University of Texas at Austin. She completed an international studies program at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. Ms. Matta- Barrera replaces Martha Doty Freeman of West Lake Hills whose term has expired.


Larry Holt is an attorney. He is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation and Brazos County Bar Association. Holt previously served in leadership positions as chairman of the Brazos Valley Estate Planning Council, founding director of Community Foundation Brazos Valley and chairman of trustees for the Mary Rodes Gibson Hemostasis-Thrombosis Foundation. He and his wife have also been involved and supportive of Habitat for Humanity, Twin City Mission, Brazos County Youth Livestock and Voices for Children CASA. Holt earned his law degree from Baylor University and his master of law degree from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Holt is being reappointed.

Save the Date: 31st Annual Texas Storytelling Festival in March 2016


31st Annual
Texas Storytelling Festival

March 10 – 13, 2016
Denton Civic Center
Denton, TX

Featuring Rev. Robert Jones, Minton Sparks, Eldrena Douma, and Antonio Sacre.

Rev. Robert Jones is a nationally known and featured storyteller, whose stories combine elements of music, humor, along with emotion, fact and fiction to convey the truths found in our shared culture.

Minton Sparks fuses music, poetry, and her intoxicating gift for storytelling. She paints word pictures of the rural South that put you square in the middle of the people and the places she knows like the back of her hand.

Eldrena Douma is a Native American storyteller. A Pueblo Indian, her experience as a storyteller began at a very young age on both the Laguna and Hopi tribal lands. Today, she travels throughout the United States, inspiring students and adults to listen, think, and read through stories of her personal experiences filled with wisdom and humor.

Antonio Sacre is an internationally touring storyteller, writer, and solo performance artist. He draw from an extensive repertoire that includes folk tales, myths and legends from around the world, focusing on Spanish-speaking countries.

Storytelling day concerts for adults and families. Evening story concerts for adults and children, ten and up.

Workshops for storytellers, teachers, librarians, councilors, parents, and members of religious institutions.

Free storytelling concerts for the public: Ghost Stories, Sacred Stories and Saturday family and youth activities.


For more information or to register,
(940) 380 – 9320

February 15 – Deadline for early bird registration. Save $35!
Single Concert Tickets are $10 at the door. Some events are free to the public.

Tejas Storytelling Association
P.O. Box 2806
Denton, TX 76202

(**Events with sign language interpreters for the deaf.)

Thursday, March 10
Ghost Stories “Witches’ Cauldron” (progressively scarier)**

Friday, March 11
Storytelling Concerts
Opening Concert of Featured Tellers**
The Original Recipe: Folk Tale Telling
Breaking Bread with Old Friends: John Henry Faulk Recipients
Regional Recipe: North Meets South/ South Meets North with Rev. Robert Jones
Rising Stars featuring 5 tellers from Affiliate Guilds
Evening Concert with Featured Tellers**

Other Events
Workshops all day
Story Swap
Sweet Retreat Ice Cream Social
Mini-World Music Dance Party!
Friday Nite Lite Dinner or Supper on Your Own

Saturday, March 12   
Storytelling Concerts
Family Concert**
Liars’ Contest: Bittersweet Taste of the Truth (Overcooked)**
Haute Cuisine: New Voices in the Kitchen
Fringe Storytelling Concert
Evening Concert with Featured Tellers**

Other Events
Kids Day Activities
Story Swap
“Just Chewing the Fat”: Talking Tales with Tom McDermott and friends
Talespinner Dinner and Silent Auction

Sunday, March 13
Labyrinth Walk
Master Class— Selecting and Mixing the Perfect Storytelling Ingredients    with Chef Antonio Sacre
Sacred Tales Concert**
Closing Concert with Featured Tellers**

Free Storytelling Concerts and Events for the Public
Thursday, March 10
7:00 pm – Ghost Stories “Witches’ Cauldron” (progressively scarier)**

Saturday, March 12
9:00 am – Family Storytelling Concert**
10:30 am Kid’s Day Activities: Meet the Tellers, Art, Stories, Workshops, Story Swap, and Lunch
3:15 pm – Fringe Storytelling Concert (Women’s Building)

Sunday, March 13
9:30 am – Sacred Tales Storytelling Concert**

Research Stew: The Spice that makes the Difference – Jaye McLaughlin and Fred Peters
Is the Ghost Story Dead? – Loren Niemi
Songs of Praise and Protest – Rev. Robert Jones Sr.
History, Mystery, Monsters & Myth: Stories and Science of the Earth’s Movements – Linda King Pruitt
Cooking Up Some Family Stories – Antonio Sacre
Burn Through Your Story – Minton Sparks
A Conversation with Eldrena Douma
Just Enough to Sign a Story – Nancy Simpson

Genealogy Roadshow coming to Houston this Fall

From a press release:


Boston MA, Providence RI, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami FL,

Houston TX, Los Angeles CA and Albuquerque, NM

Josh Taylor, Kenyatta Berry, Mary Tedesco, the PBS Network and the show’s producers invite Local & National Genealogy Associations, Vendors and Genealogist to participate in our Genealogy Roadshow.

The Genealogy Roadshow is looking for Local & National Genealogical Associations, Societies, Genealogy Vendors and Local Genealogist to be part of our show by exhibiting your products and services at our events. Come and get your message out to the public! We are offering a free tables and space along with immeasurable exposure!

The Genealogy Roadshow tapings provides you a unique opportunity to expand your database and increase your clientele. Bring with you any products for sale or display books, software, online services, or promotional information.

Season 3 of PBS’ GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is underway and will premiere nationally in summer of 2016. GENEALOGY ROADSHOW is part detective story, and part emotional journey. After participants are chosen, genealogy, history and DNA experts will use family heirlooms, letters, pictures, historical documents and other clues to hunt down more information. These answers will be revealed on camera before a local audience, in a historic building relevant to each city.

The dates are as follows:

Boston MA – Faneuil Hall – Saturday October 3rd
Providence, RI – Providence Public Library- Sunday October 4th
Ft. Lauderdale / Miami, FL – Location TBD – Sunday November 1st
Houston, TX – Location TDB – Saturday November 21st
Los Angeles, CA – Location TBD – Saturday December 5th
Albuquerque, NM – Location TBD – Saturday December 12th

Please note a commitment is required for each day from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The people staffing the tables may work in shifts. Set up is at 8:00 AM and close at 6:30 PM or until taping is finished. Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

For more information please contact Lisa Hope at or call 323-839-6387.

Best Practices from American’s Best Small Libraries

Best Practices from Best Small Libraries

A free webcast series presented by Library Journal and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Providing exceptional library service on a small library budget and staff size presents special challenges, but also unique opportunities to meet core community needs. In this new webcast series, a combination of live and on-demand presentations funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, winners and runners up from a decade of LJ’s Best Small Libraries in America award, plus other rural and small library voices, will share hands-on, real-world tested expertise.

Moderated by Kristi Chadwick, Small Libraries Advisor to the Massachusetts Library System, registration is now open for the initial presentations.

Registration is open for two sessions currently:

Marketing & Outreach for Small Libraries

LIVE: Tuesday, August 25th @ 3pm EDT / Noon PDT

Marketing and outreach are crucial for libraries of all sizes, but doing so on a small library budget and staff size presents unique challenges. How do you get out to community events when there’s no one else to keep the library going while you’re gone? Learn actionable techniques for how to be your own graphic designer, copywriter, and outreach specialist.


  • Karen Lemke, Public Relations Director/Adult Services Librarian, Pine River Library District, CO
  • Patrick Sweeney, Administrative Librarian, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA & 2015 LJ Mover & Shaker


 Funding & Fundraising for Small Libraries

LIVE: Tuesday, September 1st @ 3pm EDT / Noon PDTFor small and rural libraries looking to not only sustain core services but stretch to respond to new community needs, effective fundraising is fundamental. Learn how to navigate the funding landscape to make the most of grants, work with foundations, and tap other sources as well as the bread and butter of advocacy for taxpayer funding and Friends support.SPEAKERS

  • Mary Beth Stenger, Director, Southern Area Library, Lost Creek, WV
  • Cheryl Clay, Trustee, Pine River Library District, CO



  • Data and Assessment for Small Libraries
  • Library Construction and Renovation for Small Libraries
  • Customer Service for Small Libraries
  • Solo Directorship for Small Libraries
  • Technology for Small Libraries
  • Makerspaces & STEM for Small Libraries
  • Delivering Community Value: How to Make Yourself Indispensable for Small Libraries
  • Professional Development for Small Libraries

School Library Journal SummerTeen 2015


Join SLJ on August 13th at 11am ET for a full day of free online programming tackling important issues impacting your teen collection and programming. You’ll hear directly from authors about their current and forthcoming titles in an engaging conversational format, including live Q&A with the audience.

Panels will focus on important teen issues and trends, including the transgendered experience, selecting quality nonfiction, and navigating romance genre mashups.

New this year are sessions dedicated entirely to teen services and programming! Learn from innovative librarians about gaming in the library, setting up teen volunteer groups, and launching a “Con” in your library.

Plus, explore our virtual exhibit hall and hear directly from publishers about their newest books you’ll want for your collection this year, and enjoy live chats with featured authors.

SummerTeen is a free, completely virtual conference—no traveling and no cost! It’s a must for teen and young adult services librarians, and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs, and anyone who loves YA/teen literature.

Go here for more information and to register for this event!

Animal Heroes at the Clara B. Mounce Public Library in Bryan

Check out these wonderful photos from the Clara B. Mounce Public Library of the Bryan College Station Public Library System. Their “Animal Heroes” Summer Reading Program event on June 10th was a huge success. In addition to the animals, the Bryan Police Department was photographing and fingerprinting the children in attendance. HEB Buddy, the Bryan Bombers mascot, and the Wendy’s mascot were also there to entertain. They estimate having 500 people in attendance!

Congratulations on a very successful program! Thank you so much for sharing with us!


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Bots and Books Update

May closes out a very busy 3rd quarter for Bots & Books! Many libraries held camps during Spring Break and several had kick off events to tease their LEGO robotics kits for Summer Reading Program usage. Here are just a few of the wonderful images that are coming in!

The Smithville Public Library got some wonderful newspaper coverage of their Spring Break events!

Taylor Public Library patrons were lucky enough to have a big Maker Fair on March 17!

Harker Heights had a big turnout at their Build A Bot event on March 16.

And the Corpus Christi Public Library is working with local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts groups!

Smithville Public Library
Taylor Public Library
harker heights
Harker Heights Public Library
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Corpus Christi Public Library


‘Bots and Books Update

‘Bots and Books

March has been a busy time for ‘Bots and Books participating libraries. Many did kick off camps and teasers for their summer reading programs during Spring Break. Thank you to all the libraries who are sharing their stories, lessons learned, and pictTaylor Makers Fair March 17 (7)ures with us!

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Bots and Books with Katelyn

CTLS’ very own Katelyn Patterson will be taking over the administration of the Books and Bots grant. She has worked for CTLS for over 5 years in many capacities ranging from bookkeeping to grant reporting to social media and website communications. Having recently wrapped up her Masters in Library Science at the University of North Texas and having a personal interest in science, she will step naturally and eagerly into this role. Katelyn is excited to get the opportunity to work with you to bring this exciting grant to many new and familiar libraries.

 Katelyn PattersonKatelyn has broad experience in traveling the state and has volunteered at one of the Austin branch libraries, in addition to her CTLS work. We are delighted that she has agreed to take on the grant. E-mail her at