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Between the Lines: April Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Travis Ford Holder Research & Instruction Librarian Texas Medical Center Library, Houston What inspired you to become a librarian? When I studied art history, I went to a school where the library did not allow students to take items out of the building. The collection included architectural blueprints and artist editions that were irreplaceable.  At […]

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Texas Library Association Elects 2021-2022 Executive Board

TLA Membership, TLA News

Congratulations to the winners of our recent election and thank you to all of the candidates. The Texas Library Association is delighted to announce the new members of our executive board. TLA’s new executive board members, including incoming President Dan Burgard, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Scholarly Information Management at the University of North […]

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Between the Lines: March Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Maggie Bootman Library Director, Mitchell County Public Library Colorado City, Texas What inspired you to become a librarian? I have always had a desire to help people. I knew I wanted to be a teacher in the second grade. After a few years in college, I decided being a teacher wasn’t my career path, and […]

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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 Statement Regarding Statewide Mask Mandate

TLA News

The Texas Library Association (TLA) is the largest state library association in the U.S. with almost 6,000 members representing all library types: academic, public, school, and special. As Texas continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, our focus remains on protecting the health and safety of library workers and users. Libraries across Texas have instituted effective […]

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2021-2022 Tejas Star Reading List Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

The Texas Library Association is pleased to announce the 2021-22 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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Between the Lines: February Member Spotlight

Between the Lines: Member Spotlight, TLA News

Brandi Grant, Teacher-Librarian, Pearson Middle School Library, Frisco ISD What inspired you to become a librarian? My students inspired me to become a librarian when I was teaching 8th grade TAKS (yes, I’m really old) reading recovery. They loved that I always tried to incorporate diverse stories into the curriculum and to find books with […]

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2021 Lariat Reading List Announced

TLA News, TLA Reading Lists

The 2021 Lariat list has arrived! 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 committee of librarians from the Texas Library Association annually selects 25 outstanding fiction titles. This year’s list includes mysteries, for example The Death of Vivek Oji, […]

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