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Campaign to Support Diverse Books Is a Viral Sensation

TLA News

By Michele Chan Santos For the Texas Library Association A social media campaign emphasizing support for diverse books and student access to books, launched by a group of Texas Library Association member librarians, was an astounding success, generating more than 13,000 tweets on Twitter with the hashtag #FReadom on Thursday, November 4. Nationally, it trended […]

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Between the Lines: November Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Michael Hardrick Director Forest Hill Public Library District What inspired you to become a librarian? I was tossed into the position by the universe LOL…. I became a page in 2003 and it was only supposed to be temporary since I had signed up for the Navy, but destiny had different plans, and I started […]

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The Freedom to Read is a Right and Must be Protected

Advocacy, TLA News

The Texas Library Association (TLA) holds that the freedom to read is a human right, protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. TLA believes that individuals have the right to free inquiry and the equally important right to form their own opinions. Freedom in selecting materials is a necessary safeguard to the […]

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2022-2023 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Released

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

The Texas Library Association’s (TLA) 2022-2023 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List was announced virtually at the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, October 24. As is tradition, students in grades 3 – 6 from across Texas revealed the books on the list. You can watch their announcement here. The Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List is one […]

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Between the Lines: October Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Maggie Hernandez School Librarian Antonian College Preparatory High School, San Antonio What inspired you to become a librarian? Reflecting on my more than 30 years working in many capacities as a professional librarian with an MLIS in Academic Librarianship and as a Texas Certified School Librarian, as well as a Certified Educator by several Edtech […]

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Libraries Transform Texas Week Oct. 4-8

TLA News

Mark your calendars and plan to celebrate the countless ways libraries transform Texas!  During the week of October 4-8 all libraries are invited to share how they transform their communities through innovative spaces, programs, education, technology, events, and more. The pandemic shined a light on libraries as essential community hubs. Libraries are the center of […]

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Between the Lines: September Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Jenny Filardo Middle School Librarian Presbyterian School in Houston What inspired you to become a librarian? When I began my master’s degree at UT Austin over 28 years ago, it was with the intent of working in museums or archives. The very last class of my degree, however, was Materials for Children, and that one […]

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Statement Opposing Restrictions on Education Related to Racism and History

TLA News

The Texas Library Association Executive Board approved the following statement related to efforts to restrict education related to racism and history on August 10. The Texas Library Association’s (TLA) core values include diversity and inclusiveness, equity of access to information, ethical responsibility and integrity, intellectual freedom, literacy and lifelong learning, and social responsibility and the […]

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