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Between the Lines: February Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Alison Poage Booher Library Director, Seminary of the Southwest What inspired you to become a librarian? When I was thirteen, I volunteered as a summer reading club “listener.” Meeting children who loved books made me feel right at home. This led me to employment in the library as a page and ultimately to librarianship as […]

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The 2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner Is…

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

Thousands of children voted and the results are in: the winner of the 2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award is El Chupacabras, by Adam Rubin and Crash McCreery. This whimsical and comic tale, told in Spanish and English, relates the story of Hector and his daughter Carla, who own a goat farm and fall victim to the […]

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2020 2X2 Reading List Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

Drumroll please…the 2020 2X2 Reading List is here! These lovely, instructive and quite often laugh-out-loud volumes are the best of recent books meant for children aged two to grade two. Librarians serving on the Texas Library Association Children’s Round Table 2X2 Committee, read through a whopping 946 books before narrowing down the list to these […]

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2020-2021 Tejas Star Reading List Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

The Texas Library Association is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Tejas Star Reading List. This carefully curated list of Spanish and bilingual titles is designed to encourage children ages 5 to 12 to explore multicultural books and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. The Tejas Star Reading List is intended […]

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Edward Smith, Abilene Library Consortium Director, Appointed to Gov. Broadband Council

TLA News

Edward Smith, director of the Abilene Library Consortium (ALC), and long-time Texas Library Association member (TLA), has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the newly formed Governor’s Broadband Development Council. “ We appreciate that the library community will have a seat at the table as the Council works to identify barriers to […]

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2020 Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

The 2020 Lariat list is here! The goal of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List is to highlight outstanding fiction that is “simply a pleasure to read.” To that end, a nine-member committee of librarians from the Texas Library Association annually selects 25 outstanding fiction titles. This year’s list includes the magical and the occult […]

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TLA Welcomes New Executive Director

TLA News

The Texas Library Association (TLA) Executive Board is pleased to announce that Shirley Robinson, CAE has accepted the position of Executive Director effective January 9, 2020. Robinson has more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit trade association management at statewide organizations. She is a member-focused leader with a proven record of implementing successful initiatives […]

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2020 Texas Topaz Reading List Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

The world of nonfiction is our world. Unlike fictional books which may transport us to imagined realms or take us far into the future, nonfiction books seek to bring clarity and share knowledge about the world we live in – its past, its present, its people and the struggles and triumphs they experience. In nonfiction, […]

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