Round Rock Public Library Hosting Star Wars-Themed Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

From Round Rock Public Library Director Michelle Cervantes:

Star Wars-themed fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey recovery
Donate to the Red Cross, learn light saber stage fighting
August 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come join the Lone Star Saber Academy at Round Rock Public Library for stage saber combat instruction to benefit relief efforts for people affected by Hurricane Harvey and the resulting floods.

In exchange for a donation to the American Red Cross, participants will enjoy a lesson on stage-fighting with sabers. No minimum donation has been set, but please give generously.

Sessions will be available from 6 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library’s Room A on Wednesday, Aug. 30. You may arrive at any time, enjoy watching other classes and chatting with other aspiring Jedi, win Star Wars raffle prizes, and help our neighbors in Harvey’s path.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at intervals throughout the event. Tickets are $5, and winners must be present to claim their prize.

This event is best enjoyed by kids, teens, and adults who can work in small groups and pay attention to an instructor without being distracted by a light saber in their hands. We recommend a minimum age of 5 years.

All money will be collected and organized by Friends of the Round Rock Public Library, a group of volunteers who work together to extend the Library’s impact in the community, then donated to the Red Cross disaster relief effort for the hurricane and flooding events associated with Hurricane Harvey.

The Lone Star Saber Academy is a local organization made up of volunteer Battle Saber Enthusiasts who use their passion for Star Wars and the saber to give back to and serve the community. Photos of the group’s saber combat instruction from the Library’s Star Wars Reads Day activity can be found in this photo album.

Please come support your fellow Texans.

Texas Writes Workshop in Clifton

The Nellie Pederson Civic Library will be hosting a Texas Writes event at the Bosque Arts Center on Saturday, September 23rd.

Texas Writes is a statewide program that brings accomplished authors to rural libraries for a half day of presentations and panel discussions. Each event is free and open to the public. The Writers’ League of Texas, supported by a grant from the Tocker Foundation, established the Texas Writes program in 2013. If you are interested in bringing Texas Writes programming to your community, contact the Writers’ League of Texas at or at (512) 499-8914.

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.

Library Updates

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CTLS Board Election in FY2018

CTLS will have an election of board members at the annual Fall membership meeting in Hewitt on September 15. You should have received information in the mail about it. Our board has overlapping terms; the 3-year terms of a third of the board members end every December.

At their August Board meeting, the CTLS Board opted to enlarge the board to 11. The Bylaws allow this.

The Nominating Committee is:

Tommi Myers, Llano
Eric Lashley, Georgetown
Michelle Cervantes, Round Rock

The CTLS Board Application can be found here. Please send your application to one of the Nominating Committee members by September 5.

Weathering the Storm

We sincerely hope that all of your libraries and communities are safe and receive little damage from Hurricane Harvey over the weekend. The Texas Library Association has a list of Disaster Relief Resources as well as their application to receive Disaster Relief Funds. If you would like to make a donation, you can purchase a TLA Coloring book whose proceeds benefit disaster relief or donate directly to the Disaster Relief Fund here.

If any of your libraries begin an online fundraising campaign to help with recovery, please send them to us so that we can help spread the word.

Stay safe!


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?

August Board Meeting this Friday, August 18, 2017

The August meeting of the CTLS Board will be this Friday, 8-18-2017, at the office of Mission Capital (a non-profit service organization), 8303 North MoPac Expressway, Suite A201, Austin, Texas.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and will end when all business has been conducted.


I. Call to Order

II. Minutes of July meeting

III. Treasurer’s report

IV. Continuing business

V. New business

VI. Board Concerns

VII. Adjourn

For further information, please contact the CTLS office.

Quotable Facts About America’s Libraries Has Been Updated

Earlier this year, ALA updated their advocacy tool Quotable Facts about America’s Libraries with new information and research.


For instance, you had probably heard before that there are more public libraries, including branches, than McDonald’s in the United States. But did you know that there are also more public libraries than Starbucks? Also, there were 96.5 million attendees at public library programs in 2013, which is more than all Major League Baseball and National Basketball Association games combined! Now those are some impressive facts!

You can purchase the pocket-sized fold out cards by emailing, or you can download them in English and Spanish here. There is also an annotated version here so we can cite our sources.

2D and 3D Pinhole Projectors for Safely Viewing the Eclipse

Do you have a 3D printer at your library? NASA has shared the .STL file for a pinhole projector in the shape of Texas! Even if you don’t have a 3D printer, that website also has PDFs for making them out of card stock and other inexpensive ideas for safely viewing the eclipse.

Please email us and tell us how you plan to celebrate the eclipse at your library! Get more tips like this in our upcoming monthly newsletter. You can sign up here!

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