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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 katelyn.patterson@ctls.net.

A Year at CTLS

CTLS would like to thank you for your support over the last year. Many of you responded to our survey for your feedback. Take a look at some of the things member libraries have done this last year. Find out more about our grants. It really was a great year!
Click here for the full document

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Who We Are..……………………….…..………….…..3
2014 Board of Directors……….….….……….……4
CTLS By the Numbers……………….….………..….5
CTLS Services……………………………………..….….6
CTLS Consulting……………………..………………….8
CTLS Continuing Education……………..…………9
Science Rocks Grant………….….………….………10
Connect4Literacy Grant………………….……….12
Member Library Highlights—Awards….……14
Member Library Highlights—Expansions….16
Member Library Highlights—Service….……17
Member Library Highlights—Events……….18
Member Library Highlights—News…………19
Member Library Staff Highlights……….…….20

 

QR Program from Floresville

Nicki Stohr from the Wilson County Public Library in Floresville created a wonderful passive program for her library. She graciously and generously shared it with us.

From Nicki, “We have just developed a new a component for our STEAM Summer Reading Program that I would like to share. We are introducing what we are calling our “Who Am I?” on our gallery wall.  Our hopes with this program is draw an older age of participants into our summer reading program by incorporating simple technologies that involve a smart phone.

We have a huge cinder-block wall in our meeting room that is unused. So, to compensate we have installed a gallery style railing system to display artwork on wire cables.

For this summer we have 10 photos of known voice over actors from the movie industry along with  QR codes that lead to a sound bite from one of their movies. We are asking summer patrons in this scan and tell program to guess as many of the movies and characters as they can for an extra entry into the prize drawing of their choice. “

Click on each name to view and download each poster.  Can you tell me the animated character’s name and the name of the movie?

Ben Eddie  Ellen  Gilbert  JamesEarl  Larry  Owen  Ray  Tim  Will      Answers

Centennial Library in Midland Won a National Design Award!

Congratulations!

The Centennial Library in Midland won the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards in the large public library category.

The library is stunning. It is very open with video images projected on the floor, large artist trees, curved walkways, a recording studio, and a strong emphasis on youth services.

View a gallery of all the winning entries at  http://www.iida.org/content.cfm/2014-library-interior-design-award-winners. Images of the winning projects will also be published in American Libraries magazine.

 

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Youth News August 2012

Youth News

August 2012

“A story about a frog would be biological.

A story about a prince would be historical.

But a story about a frog prince is magical and therein lies all the difference.”

— From Jane Yolen’s Touch Magic

 

Training Calendar

YA Announcements: Fall Preview

Get a sneak peek at the hottest new YA releases during this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Disney Book Group, Harlequin Teen, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sourcebooks Fire, and Tor will fill you in on their leading teen titles for autumn and beyond. Moderated by Annie Kelley, Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor.
EVENT DETAILS:
Tuesday, August 14 at 1:00 PM Central

http://www.booklistonline.com/webinars

 

Back to School with Graphic Novels Webinar

August 21 at 1:00

Welcome students back to school with graphic novels—including your comic book fans and reluctant readers. Josh Elder, founder of Reading with Pictures, will discuss the Graphic Textbook, a new initiative tying comics to the curriculum, and an exciting digital-comics lending program for libraries. He will be joined by representatives from ABDO Publishing, Graphic Universe an imprint of Lerner Publishing, and VIZ Media, who will introduce graphic novels for both the classroom and independent reading. Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth Editorial Director, will moderate this hour-long,

http://www.booklistonline.com/webinars

Continue reading Youth News August 2012

Lampasas Public Library Geeks Out!

Residents of Lampasas may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary — “geek.”
The Lampasas Public Library is participating in Geek the Library, a community-based public awareness campaign that features local educational material that introduces “geek” as a verb and encourages the public to talk about what they geek — whether it’s engineering, superheroes or art.
It highlights what people are passionate about, and how libraries support them. The campaign also serves to heighten awareness about the critical funding issues public libraries face.
“As the economic downturn slowly recovers, the Lampasas Public Library is here to support educational opportunities, job-searching resources and entertainment,” said Shanda Subia, Lampasas library director.
“While many people visit the library and understand our important role in the community, they may not know that libraries are just as at-risk for budget cuts and that local funding is heavily influenced by community members. We need your help to make sure the Lampasas Public Library does not become a statistic, like so many throughout the country that have had to close their doors,” said Ms Subia.
Public libraries play a special role in their communities, and the local library is no different,” the library director said.
“This fun, interactive campaign is a great tool that allows us to get out in the community and talk to people about what they geek, and how the library supports them in whatever that may be. This campaign will also help us determine how we might better serve our community.And many people still think of a library as a dusty old place with books, but libraries actually serve more as community centers these days. They are about not only information and education, but also recreation and connection.”
Library staff and volunteers will be on-site at local events to promote the campaign and to ask Lampasas residents what they geek. Campaign news and information is posted on the library’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Everyone is encouraged to follow the campaign on Flickr as well.
Look for the Lampasas Public Library Geek table at the upcoming College for Kids Kickoff Party May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lampasas County Higher Education Center, 208 E. Ave. B, near Badger Field.
“Share what you geek, and get some fun prizes,” said Ms. Subia.
Contact the library at 556-3251 for more information.
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