Getting Excited and Inspired for #SummerReading at CTLS Workshops

Getting Excited and Inspired for #SummerReading at CTLS Workshops

Last week I was in Mansfield and Cedar Park having our first Summer Reading Program workshops and we had a blast! Here are just a few highlights!

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Suzan Nyfeler is our fantastic tour guide through the 2016 manual! We talked books, songs, decor, and display ideas.

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2016-01-22 09.55.14The morning was spent brainstorming and sharing ideas…

but the afternoon was spent playing games, making crafts, and doing theme-related activities.

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We had such a wonderful time! A big thanks to the Mansfield Public Library and the Cedar Park Public Library for hosting us. I will be on the road again next week at the Jourdanton Public Library and then again in February in Edinburg, TX.

I will be highlighting some of the crafts and activities we had at the workshop on the CTLS website and in the CTLS newsletter leading up to summer. These workshops have left me so inspired, I even started my SRP2017 Pinterest board. You can never start too early…

Happy reading!


Welcome to the Library! Customer Service Training in La Grange, TX

Welcome to the Library! Customer Service Training in La Grange, TX

Yesterday I ventured out to conduct my first workshop for public librarians in La Grange, TX. Staff from several of the surrounding public libraries also came. But only just barely!

Thought the rain had stopped by the time I was on the road, there had been a huge storm early that morning. Most of the roads leading into La Grange were covered with water. I was on the phone texting with the director who didn’t have power and was flooded into her home just outside of town. Neither of us had any idea what state the library would be in when we finally did get there. But I and many others sat in my car hoping the authorities there regulating the situation would allow us through or divert traffic in some way.

I had just about given up and decided to see if I could turn around to go through Muldoon which would have been about an hour out of my way. But finally, after about 40 minutes of sitting, we started to slowly move forward.


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Finally made it into town!

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Almost everyone who registered was able to make it even though the storm and flooding caused a lot of chaos that day. We only got started about 30 minutes late. I could talked much longer about customer service than I did, but I think it went well. People were engaged, sharing ideas and stories. I brought many materials from the CTLS professional collection that got checked out, too.

Many asked for my slides so I put them on Slideshare and thought I would put them here, too. Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide provides consulting and continuing education opportunities for libraries all over Texas! We are here to serve those that serve. Contact CTLS if you have any professional development needs.


What a memorable experience for my first workshop! I will never forget it. 🙂


Texas State Library provides free IT workshops for rural public libraries

TSLAC is doing face-to-face workshops designed specifically for small and rural public libraries around Texas this month. I particularly love their logo and workshop name: You Can Do I.T. Clever! The schedule for upcoming workshops is below.

Coming up soon:

4/1/2015 : Andrews (Andrews County Library)
4/2/2015 : Rocksprings (Claud H Gilmer Memorial Library)
4/20/2015 : Saginaw (John Ed Keeter Public Library)
4/21/2015 : Canton (Van Zandt County Public Library)
4/23/2015 : Alpine (Alpine Public Library)
Here are photos of our recent workshop hosted at the wonderful Llano Library (Thanks to Tommi Myers for the pic):

And to give you a feel for Carson’s skills, here’s a video of his TEDx Talk on libraries a couple years back:

via I.T.’s a hit! | Library Developments.

Library consultant Carson Block is conducting the training. Here is a TedTalk he gave on libraries.