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87th Texas Legislature Opens

Advocacy, TLA News

It promises to be a memorable session, as the Legislature grapples with how to meet during a pandemic and tackles redistricting in addition to the budget and other issues. On January 11, the Texas Comptroller released the biennial revenue estimate which sets the amount that can be spent in the new biennial budget, and the […]

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Between the Lines: January Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Mary Seaman, Director Bertam Public Library   What inspired you to become a librarian? I became a librarian mainly because I love books, but I became a director because of the community. I realized that I loved being able to share a passion of mine with others. There is something so great about a patron coming […]

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Between the Lines: December Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Jennifer Coleman School Librarian Murchison Elementary, Pflugerville ISD What inspired you to become a librarian? My mother, Lorraine Bingham! She was a Cataloging/ Government Documents Librarian at Texas Tech University from 1977-2004, and she encouraged me. I had been a classroom teacher a few years before I took mom’s advice and specialized. We ended up […]

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2021 YART Reading Lists Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

It’s a wonderful time to explore young adult literature (books aimed at 6th to 12th graders, ages 12-18.) Whether preteens and teens are looking for a new fantasy world to explore, a contemporary read addressing a current political situation, a historical tome, a coming-of-age novel or a blossoming romance, there’s something for everyone in this […]

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2021 Texas Topaz List Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

The world of nonfiction is our world.  Nonfiction books show our pain, our struggles, our successes and inventions – revealing parts of history long left shrouded, giving us glimpses into our future.  In nonfiction, the historical becomes personal, and the personal becomes something to be shared with others. The purpose of the Texas Topaz Reading List is […]

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2021 Little Maverick Reading List Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

  Graphic novels are a wonderful way to make reading more inclusive. They can motivate reluctant readers and English as a Second Language students and give dyslexic students multiple clues to the storyline. These novels can teach students about history in a lively, easy-to-understand way, as with History Comics: Roanoke Colony: America’s First Mystery, as […]

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Between the Lines: November Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Paul Sharpe Dean of Libraries The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) University Libraries What inspired you to become a librarian? A desire to help people, coupled with an overwhelming desire to organize the world. What is an innovative practice at your library that you’d like to share with others? I’m proud of what […]

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2021-2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Released

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

The Texas Library Association’s (TLA) 2021-2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List was announced at the online Texas Book Festival on Monday, November 2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the list was announced virtually. As is tradition, students in grades 3 – 6 from across Texas revealed the books on the list. View the complete […]

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