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TLA plans to continue our virtual conference experience into the summer with TLA 2020 Virtual Summer of Learning.
Take a look at our virtual portal. For more information on what’s available in our virtual portal, see the educational sessions and exhibitor showcases documents here:

Exciting news! Here is the schedule for our June 2 TLA Virtual Summer of Learning event. Remember, you must be registered by May 26 to participate in the June 2 live events.

10 AM Neal Shusterman LIVE. Shusterman is the New York Times best-selling author of over thirty novels.  He won the 2015 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for Challenger Deep, and his Novel Scythe was a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor book. His latest novel is The Toll, the finale to his Arc of Scythe series. His book series Unwind is currently being made into a TV series with HBO, and Challenger Deep is in development with Disney. Neal lives in Jacksonville, Florida, but spends much of his time travelling the world speaking and signing books for his fans.

11 AM Featured Speaker: Marisa de los Santos.

Marisa de los Santos is the New York Times best-selling author of Love Walked In, Belong to Me, Falling Together, The Precious One, and I’ll Be Your Blue Sky.

Her newest novel is I’d Give Anything. She has also co-authored, with her husband David Teague, two novels for middle grade readers: Saving Lucas Biggs and Connect the Stars. Marisa and David live in Wilmington, Delaware, with their two children, Charles and Annabel, and their Yorkies, Finny and Huxley.


1 PM Featured Speaker: S.C. Gwynne

S.C. Gwynne is the author of Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, which spent 82 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Texas and Oklahoma book prizes. His most recent book is Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War. He was also a correspondent for TIME magazine for 12 years and worked for Texas Monthly for 14 years.

2:15 PM Interactive Live Chat – A Conversation on Re-Opening. Talk with other TLA members about best strategies for re-opening libraries as we continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderators for the Interactive Live Chat are:

Thomas Finley, Frisco Public Library
Jan Hodge, Crowley ISD
Marlinda Karo, Harris County Community College
Brandi Rosales, Lewisville ISD
Kristi Starr, Lubbock ISD

3:30 PM Closing Keynote: Ally Carter

Ally Carter is the New York Times best-selling author of three YA series about the world’s best teenage art thieves (Heist Society), the world’s coolest spy school (Gallagher Girls), and the granddaughter of a diplomat who has to find her mother’s killer on Embassy Row. Her novels have sold over three million copies and have been published in more than twenty countries. Her newest book is Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor, a middle-grade novel about an orphan unraveling the truth behind a mysterious legend.



Mark your calendars: we’ll have more LIVE events on July 7 and August 4.

If you are already registered for Virtual, you will have access to Summer of Learning programming at no extra charge.

If you have not registered for TLA 2020 Virtual, you can register here.

  • New (and current) registrants will be able to view all of our virtual conference sessions from April 21 and 22, June 2, July 7, August 4, as well as educational sessions, all currently available on demand until August 31.
  • More than 50 hours of Continuing Education credit, recognized by the State Board of Educator Certification (provider #500383) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, are currently available in our virtual portal, with an additional 50 hours scheduled to be added over the summer.
  • Our Exhibitor Resources and Exhibitor Showcase will continue to be available throughout the summer, with more new additions, as well.
  • You must be registered by May 26 to participate in the June 2 live events; by June 29 to participate in the July 7 live events; and by July 30 to engage in the August 4 live events.

Remember, all of our TLA 2020 Virtual sessions will be available to view on demand until August 31, 2020. You can find these sessions under “Education Sessions” on the home page of the virtual portal.

Virtual attendees, please fill out this survey.