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District 8

Serving Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston area.

Welcome to District 8! Our district’s membership includes librarians, staff, trustees, full-time library students, and other interested individuals representing school, public, academic, and special libraries.


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We are located in Southeast Texas, including the counties of Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Wharton. That’s 28 counties in all!

Upcoming Events

TLA District 8 Fall Conference

Saturday, November 4, 2023 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

University of Houston, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library – 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204

Join us for our District 8 Fall Meeting & Conference, hosted at the University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library. The theme of this year’s conference is Find Your Voice, Tell Your Story. We are excited to feature Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton as our keynote speaker, along with a full day of programming from presenters across the District for a full day of programming, professional development, and networking. Refreshments in the morning and lunch will be provided.

  • Registration deadline: October 27
  • Registration: $35 Members / $40 Non-members / $25 Student & Retiree Members
  • Parking: $10

Keynote & Book Signing: Deborah D.E.E Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton Portrait.P. Mouton

Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton is an internationally-known writer, educator, activist, performer, and the first Black Poet Laureate of Houston, Texas. Formerly ranked the #2 Best Female Performance Poet in the World (PSI), her poetry collection, Newsworthy, garnered her a Pushcart nomination, was named a finalist for the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award, and received honorable mention for the Summerlee Book Prize. Its German translation, under the title “Berichtenswert,” was released in Summer 2021 by Elif Verlag. The opera, Marian’s Song, for which she wrote the libretto, debuted in 2020 to roaring reviews.

Honored by Houston Business Journal as a part of their 2021 40 Under 40 class, D.E.E.P. has been a finalist for Texas State Poet Laureate, a Kennedy Center Citizen fellowship, and the prestigious Breadloaf Retreat. Her work has been highlighted and studied in Canada, England, New Zealand, and Germany. She performed as a part of the Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America event. Named a Houston Artist Commissioning Project award winner by the Society for the Performing Arts Houston, her second book, Black Chameleon: Memory, Womanhood, and Myth, was released in March 2023 by Henry Holt & Co. A storybook opera, entitled “Lula, the Mighty Griot,” which reinterprets one of the stories from Black Chameleon debuted in Spring 2022 with the Houston Grand Opera. Currently, she is a Resident Artist at the American Lyric Theater and Rice University. She lives and creates in Houston, TX. For more information visit

A book signing hosted by Kindred Stories will follow D.E.E.P.’s talk! Copies of Black Chameleon and Newsworthy will be available for purchase.

Pre-order your copies for pickup the morning of the event!

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2023 – 2024 District 8 Officers

Chair: Kate McNally Carter, University of Houston

Chair-Elect: Celeste Bleu, Harris County Public Library

Past Chair: Monica Babaian, Fort Bend ISD

Secretary: Heather Swanner, Houston ISD

Treasurer: Cheryl Loewen, Moore Memorial Public Library

Councilor: Katie Smith, Brazoria County Library System

Councilor-Alternate: Jennifer Holland, University of Houston

Web Administrator: Allison Dominguez, Katy ISD

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to us on TLA Engage, or email the Chair.


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