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TLA 2021 Upstart Award and Branding Iron Award Winners Announced

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Upstart Awards and Branding Iron Awards for your excellent work! Demco Upstart Innovative Programming Award: Cozby Library & Community Commons The Texas Library Association is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2021 Demco/Upstart Innovative Programming Award in the public libraries category is Cozby Library and Community […]

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TLA 2021 Award Winners Announced

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

Congratulations to all of the 2021 TLA Award winners! We are grateful for your service and hard work, especially during this tumultuous and difficult year. Lifetime Achievement Award: Sharon Amastae Sharon Amastae, retired librarian, library advocate and former president of the Texas Library Association, was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from TLA. Amastae served […]

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The 2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner Is..

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

Thousands of children voted across Texas and the results are in: the winner of the 2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award is If I Built a School, written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. In this whimsical, beautifully illustrated book, schoolboy Jack imagines a fantastic school with its own zoo, trampoline basketball, hover desks, a robo-chef, field […]

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TLA 2021 Will Be Virtual

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

To our TLA library community, The Texas Library Association Executive Board has made the proactive decision that the TLA 2021 Annual Conference (originally scheduled for April 20-23 in San Antonio) will be a fully virtual event held April 22 – 24. We know librarians love seeing each other in person; and we know that you, […]

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August 4 Summer of Learning Live Event Brings Successful Series to a Close

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

The last live date of the TLA 2020 Virtual Summer of Learning closed this series on a high note, with appearances from authors Tami Charles, Brian Jay Jones, Marie Lu and Diane Cardwell, as well as the presentation of the 2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award. Thanks to the volunteers, speakers, organizers and participants, Summer of Learning […]

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July Summer of Learning Event Focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

The TLA 2020 Virtual Summer of Learning live event on July 7 began with a heartfelt and honest opening address by Charlotte Moore, Executive Director of the Black Bodies Project. “I want you to listen with your heart,” she told virtual attendees in her live address. Moore is a print and television news journalist, filmmaker, […]

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TLA 2020 Virtual Summer of Learning Launched Successfully on June 2

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

The Texas Library Association launched its first-ever Summer of Learning – an extension of the TLA 2020 Virtual Conference – with a live keynote speech from renowned young adult fiction novelist Neal Shusterman. Authors Marisa de los Santos, S.C. “Sam” Gwynne and Ally Carter were also featured at the day-long virtual event which also included […]

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Texas Library Association Launches First-Ever TLA Virtual Conference

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

TLA 2020 Virtual combines speakers, live chat and exhibitor info for successful online event TLA launched its inaugural virtual conference on April 21, 2020 with a stunning and heartfelt live presentation by renowned young adult (YA) author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jason Reynolds. More than 1,500 people from across Texas and the […]

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