Happy Birthday to the Taylor Public Library!

The Taylor Public Library recently celebrated 10 years! We know they will continue to be a jewel in their community for many years to come. Congratulations and a happy birthday from all of us here at CTLS!

Shared from the Taylor Public Library Instagram feed

Shared from the Taylor Public Library Instagram feed



STEAM Central Grand Opening

Tom Green County Library System had a very successful grand opening for their new STEAM Central makerspace. Around 250 people of all ages attended and everyone responded enthusiastically. The photos really say it all.

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Read more about it in the San Angelo Standard-Times http://www.gosanangelo.com/story/news/local/2017/03/23/grand-opening-makerspace-gets-enthusiastic-response/99558094/

Hallettsville to Host Series of Programs on WWI

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The Friench Simpson Memorial Library in Hallettsville will be hosting a series of lectures and exhibits on World War I. Check out their line up of events from April until November!

Hillsboro Hosts Author Mark Pomeroy

Hillsboro Author Event

The Hillsboro City Library will be hosting an author event with Mark Pomeroy on March 28th. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Friends of the Hillsboro City Library.

Bee Cave Public Library Officially a Family Place Library

The Bee Cave Public Library recently became an official Family Place Library and got a write-up in the Austin American Statesman. Congratulations on these additional resources for your community, Bee Cave!



Harker Heights Unveils Family Place Library Resources

The Harker Heights Public Library recently became an official Family Place Library and had their Friends and Family Learning Space Grand Opening on March 1st. Laurie Mahaffey was in attendance and said they had a wonderful turn out of children and caregivers. Congratulations on this space, Harker Heights!

Harker Heights Family Place Library


CTLS Welcomes Movie Licensing USA to the Commercial Partnership Program

CTLS welcomes Movie Licensing USA to the Commercial Partnership Program. MLUSA offers movie and TV show licensing for library programming. Librarians can choose from the biggest blockbusters, latest new releases, top critically-acclaimed classics and more to put a fresh spin on programming and your next patron event.

Please visit the vendor discount page for more information and use your member library log-in to view the confidential offer, www.ctls.net/discounts. If you have misplaced your member library login information or have trouble viewing the offer, contact the CTLS office.

Samantha Simpson
CTLS Vendor Program Mgr

Laura Bush Book Signing at the Midland County Public Library


From a press release from the Midland County Public Libraries:

Laura Bush Book Signing at Library

Former First Lady Laura W. Bush will have a public book signing tomorrow, March 2, 2017 between 1:30 and 3:00 at the Centennial Library. Books will be signed for the first 500 people in line.

Mrs. Bush will be signing only her most recently published book Our Great Big Backyard (book review), and library patrons are limited to one signed book per person.

Barnes & Noble will be onsite at the Centennial Library selling copies of Our Great Big Backyard. Additional titles by Laura and George W. Bush will be available for sale, but not signing.

Attendees will receive a commemorative wristband when they join the signing line.

The library opens at 10:00am and is located behind IHOP at 2503 W Loop 250 North in Midland.

More information about the library’s partnership with Bynum School to bring Mrs. Bush to Midland can be found here.

Harker Heights’ Family Learning Space Opening!

Congratulations to the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library as they open their new Friends & Family Learning Space, a Family Place initiative. The grand opening is Wednesday, March 1 at 10 a.m. Children, parents, and caregivers are welcome to see the specially designed area with developmentally appropriate toys, new parenting books, new board books, and new circulating toys.

Remembering Christine McNew

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Texas Library Association statement, reprinted with permission

Remembering Christine McNew

Christine McNew, youth services coordinator in the Library Development and Networking Division at the Texas State Library and Archives passed away this week. Over the years, Christine made remarkable and highly visible contributions to the services offered to Texas libraries. She was a widely respected statewide expert on the topic of library services to children, and was a veteran of many workshops, webinars, and conference presentations on the subject.

Christine was always a tireless advocate of the power of summer reading programs and recently added important groundbreaking work encouraging summer nutrition programs at libraries. Christine will be long remembered for her substantial contributions over her entire career to excellence in library services to children. For decades to come, many thousands of children in Texas will benefit from her work.


The Texas Library Association put together a resolution in memory of Christine McNew.

TLA Resolution In Memory of ChristineShe will be missed by all.