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2023 Summer Library Program Manual Access Update

Your 2023 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) manuals will soon be available via the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). All Texas public libraries will be able to download it, and manual access generally opens in October. Since TSLAC is presently still finalizing the process for this year’s summer library program, we wanted to personally encourage you to…

3 children of visibly different ethnicities reading while laying in the grass. Image is labeled Youth Services next to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission logo

The Quarterdeck, Part 3: Being in Command on the Oceans of Possibilities with Beanstack

As you review the administrative tools your library uses to manage services and programming, consider leveraging online resources to maximize your efforts. In the following interview, fellow library worker Kate Guynn explains why Beanstack was the best fit for her library. *** Question 1: What online tool are you promoting? Question 2: How did you…

3 children of visibly different ethnicities reading while laying in the grass. Image is labeled Youth Services next to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission logo

The Quarterdeck, Part 2: Being in Command on the Oceans of Possibilities with Beanstack

As you review the administrative tools your library uses to manage services and programming, consider leveraging online resources to maximize your efforts. In the following interview, fellow library worker Crystal Swimmer explains how a reading tracker did so much more for her community than merely log activity. *** Question 1: What online tool are you…

3 children of visibly different ethnicities reading while laying in the grass. Image is labeled Youth Services next to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission logo

The Quarterdeck, Part 1: Being in Command on the Oceans of Possibilities with ReadSquared

As you review the administrative tools your library uses to manage services and programming, consider leveraging online resources to maximize your efforts. In the following interview, fellow library worker Rebecca Ivey explains how what began as a seasonal offering quickly became a staple in the library’s suite of services. *** Question 1: What online tool…

3 children of visibly different ethnicities reading while laying in the grass. Image is labeled Youth Services next to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission logo

The Lighthouse: Feeling Safe on the Oceans of Possibilities

This summer, consider focusing on teen mental health by incorporating the following recommendations and resources outlined by Patrick Lloyd, TSLAC’s Community Resilience Consultant. *** Even before the covid-19 pandemic, many teenagers were struggling. Sadly, data collected well before the covid -19 pandemic indicates that most of us experience childhood trauma. For many, these traumas stay…

3 children of visibly different ethnicities reading while laying in the grass. Image is labeled Youth Services next to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission logo

The Diving Bell: Enabling Access to the Oceans of Possibilities

Well-defined, time-limited efforts like your Summer Library Program often serve as a rich environment for testing new services. This summer, consider expanding your support of patrons in your community with visual, physical, and reading disabilities by using the following strategies and resources outlined by Jaclyn Owusu, Public Awareness Coordinator for the Talking Book Program. *** Libraries…

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Summer library materials ordering has been EXTENDED until January 14, 2022

Texas public libraries will be able to continue ordering the free CSLP promotional materials provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for another two weeks!  The updated ordering process is faster, more convenient, and gives your library greater control over the process. Each library will place its order directly through the CSLP website.…