Members Honored at TLA

Clara at TLA
Tale Tellers at TLA

Congratulations to Clara Mounce for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award this April at the Texas Library Association Conference in San Antonio! A well-deserved honor. And congratulations also goes to West Public Library, which was awarded the Library Project of the Year. Great job and great storytelling, Nancy and the Tale Tellers!

Hewitt Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Hewitt Public Library Annual Book sale will be in the Hewitt Community Center:
Thursday, April 29 4:00 – 7:00
Preview Day, ($25.00 membership required)
Friday, April 30 10:00 – 7:00
Saturday, May 1 9:00 – 2:00

$5.00 bag sale

Paperback books are .50 and hardcover $1.00. The Hewitt Community Center is located at 208 Chama Drive, next door to the Hewitt Public Library.

Sisters in Crime at Taylor

from Karen Ellis:
The Sisters in Crime continue to take library photos for their “We Love Libraries” monthly drawing for $1,000.00. Rules are pretty simple—just have at least 2 staff members pose with three mystery books written by Sisters in Crime members. Then you submit your photo through their online entry form. Easy stuff. You only need to submit one picture and it is in the drawing monthly. This random drawing is on the last business day of each month. This runs through December 2010. Not too late to enter. I’ve attached our library’s photo. Even though the drawings are random, we cannot miss the opportunity to have some fun. Posed are Ruth Teggeman, Veronica Ochoa and Lakay Williams. Sally Diaz played dead under the sheet.

Summer Reading Webinar

Tuesday, March 30, 1-2pm — free, sponsored by Booklist

Jeanette Larson, Carole Fiore, and presenters from Candlewick Press and HarperCollins Children’s Books will share their knowledge about summer reading programs and offer sneak peeks at new titles. This free Booklist webinar is Tuesday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. (Central Time) and lasts an hour. It uses Gotomeeting so you just need a computer–no special software. Register now.

Jeanette Larson

Larson Library Consulting

Pflugerville, TX

Upcoming Facebook & Twitter Webinars

Free webinars for libraries and non-profits from TechSoup:

Get Started on Facebook
Thursday, March 11, noon

Many nonprofits and libraries are using Facebook to interact with their constituencies and reach out to new audiences; but what’s the best way to get your organization started on this hugely popular social networking site?

Kami Griffiths will interview social media consultant John Haydon, who will cover the essential steps to establishing and managing a successful Facebook presence. Gabe O’Neill of Kids Are Heroes will share lessons learned from developing their Facebook page. Get practical how-to information, learn best practices, ask questions, and leave with action items that will help you create an engaging Facebook presence for your library.

Around the Twitter World in 60 Minutes
March 16, 2010, 1pm

Twitter has claimed its place on the short list of communications tools for nonprofits and libraries to consider when designing online strategies. This webinar will survey the Twitter landscape, explaining core concepts, enumerating best practices, and describing the tools and tactics that exist to leverage Twitter’s strengths.

Kami Griffiths will interview Allen Gunn, Executive Director of Aspiration, who will offer a balanced perspective, assessing both the pros and cons of Twitter and helping you understand how best to use it. This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in getting started using Twitter. It’s especially relevant if you’re unsure about the terminology or where to begin. Sign up for this one soon, as it is popular!

See all upcoming TechSoup webinars plus other free technology webinars at: All webinars are archived and can be viewed at any time.

Tommi Myers Llano’s Citizen of the Year

A big congratulations to Tommi Myers, one of the hardworking librarians at the Llano County Library, who was awarded Citizen of the Year at the Llano Chamber banquet this January. She was nominated for her work in preserving the history of Llano County (through programs with the Book Festival and the first Cemetery Tour) plus her work with recognizing Llano County’s military personnel. Way to go, Tommi!

Braille at West Public Library

Nancy from West Public Library shares:

Last Saturday a lady and man (I’d never seen) came to the library to get a card. They are new in town from Maine so I showed them around the library. At some point she heard a mom ask about our next story time. The lady (Janice) came up and said, “Do you have story time?” And here we go………

Janice has a registered therapy boxer named Braille who is blind. This dog has been in a Boxer magazine, in Eastland shoe ads, in an Animal Planet promotion commercial, and in fashion parades. She has visited nursing homes, children’s museums, etc. The web site is (click on Braille) in case you wish to see photos or read a story or two. I got a bit teary eyed. Braille can do little tricks. Now, she does run into things a bit until she gets comfortable.

Braille was born blind and left on the street in San Antonio. She was placed in a shelter but at nine months was going to be “put to sleep.” She was rescued and shuttled cross county by a small aircraft pilots group or something. Janice adopted her at nine months and began training immediately.

Anyway, we are making this into our Valentine’s Day story time: A Very Special Love Story. The teens are reading Brave Norman, the true story about a shelter dog that goes blind but saves a little girl’s life. Then Janice will tell the kids about Braille’s story and have her do tricks. Her message is a very strong: DON’T LET ANYTHING HOLD YOU BACK! We will be collecting towels for Fuzzy Friends, a local animal shelter as part of our program. Our craft will be to make rattle toys for the shelter. Oh, and it’s free.

Truck Day at Killeen

The Friends of the Killeen Public Library, in conjunction with the City of Killeen, and a host of organizations and businesses as hosting Truck Day on Wednesday, March 17, 2010.

Truck Day is an annual event specifically geared towards children. Various City departments, as well as the United States Army, US Postal Service, Killeen Independent School District, a number businesses in the furniture, construction, health and media sectors will display their vehicles.

Children can get inside the trucks and learn about the functions and special operations of these vehicles. There will be approximately 40 trucks on display.

The event time and location:

Wednesday March 17, 2010
10:00am to 2:00pm
Special Events Center
3601 South W.S. Young Drive
Killeen, TX 76542

2009 Technology Conference Wrap-up

December 11, 2009
Georgetown Public Library


View the videorecording of The Current Landscape of Mobile Devices

The Current Landscape of Mobile Devices, presented by Rachel Vacek from CTLS Inc on Vimeo.

The Current Landscape of Mobile Devices, presented by Rachel Vacek from CTLS Inc on Vimeo.

Free Productivity Software: Programs for Work and Assisting Patrons
by Anthony Guardado

It’s a Mobile World by Joe Murphy

View the videorecording:

It’s a Mobile World, presented by Joe Murphy from CTLS Inc on Vimeo.

Showcase in March

Everyone is invited to attend Showcase 2010 at the Georgetown Public Library! This daylong event features the best in central Texas educational and entertaining performers and speakers for children, teens and adults. We will again have a full stage of live performers, plus a large exhibit area where you can meet even more authors, speakers and performers. The date is Friday, March 12, 2010.

Attendees – Click here for more information.
Performers and Exhibitors – Deadline for participation is Feb. 12. Click here for full info.

See you in Georgetown!

Central Texas Library System, Inc.