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Special Session #1: The Texas Legislature is Back

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The first special session of the 87th Texas Legislature opened Thursday, July 8 and may last up to 30 days. Issues to be considered are limited to those set by Governor Greg Abbott in his proclamation calling the special session. Governor Abbott prioritized 11 issues including election and voter registration reform, bail system reform, protecting […]

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Between the Lines: July Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Donald Cummings, Librarian Lady Bird Johnson Middle School Irving ISD   What inspired you to become a librarian? I have loved reading and libraries ever since I was a kid. I grew up in Conroe, and I was always at the local branch of the Montgomery County Library. I loved getting lost in those rows […]

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$7.2 Billion Federal Emergency Connectivity Fund Accepting Applications

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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 includes $7.17 billion for the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program. The ECF will provide funding for public and tribal libraries and K12 schools to purchase connected devices and broadband internet connections for use off of library and school grounds by library patrons, students, and teachers and staff […]

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On the Road to Recovery and Reconnection

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By Dan Burgard TLA President 2021-2022 As I write this column, Texas and other states are taking the first steps to completely lifting COVID-19-related restrictions for vaccinated individuals and we seem to be headed towards the real possibility of recovering a bit of normalcy and reconnecting with our colleagues and communities. We have undoubtedly been […]

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Texas Library Journal

In this Issue:

  • How TLA 2021 speakers addressed racial injustice, and equity, diversity and inclusion
  • An innovative program at Harris County Public Library answering questions from incarcerated individuals
  • Nooks & Crannies: claiming every square inch of your school library space
  • The E-Read Texas statewide book program from TSLAC
  • TLA 2021 award winners
  • And more!

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TLA TALKS: Libraries and the Vote

September 28 is National Voter Registration Day. Libraries play a crucial role in public engagement¬† and by Texas statute are recognized voter registration agencies. For decades they have provided resources,…

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