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SPOT-Middle School

A recommended reading list to encourage students in grades 6 - 8 to explore current, quality books by Texas authors and illustrators.

The Spirit of Texas (SPOT) Reading Program hopes to encourage a greater understanding of what it means to be a Texan, and to develop an appreciation for the literary works of and about Texas and Texans. SPOT- Middle School is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage youths in grades 6-8 to explore a variety of current, quality books from Texas authors and illustrators, develop critical reading skills, and to encourage greater interaction between Texas authors and illustrators, Texas librarians, and Texas youth.

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2020 Nominations


Jeri Calcote, Chair, Poolville ISD
Amanda Cawthon, Administrative Assistant, Pflugerville Public Library
Donna Maher, Spring ISD
Donna Kistner, Everman ISD
Erin Logan, Clear Creek ISD
Katie Cox, Lewisville ISD
Barbara Ludden, Round Rock ISD
Kimberly Kinnaird, Lewisville ISD
Rebecca Novotny, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD
Seantel Foreman, Pearland ISD
Karyn Lewis, Katy ISD
Chari Kauffman, Galena Park ISD

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2019 TLA Award Winners


Kashmere Neighborhood Library received the 2019 Texas Library Association Libraries Change Communities Award. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Kashmere Gardens Neighborhood library (Houston, TX) became a temporary sanctuary for people in the community, providing shelter and safety from the rising flood waters. Working with the Houston Health Department, the library was able to […]

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TLA 2019 Office Hours

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The TLA office staff will be offsite from April 15 – April 19 for the TLA Annual Conference. If you need immediate assistance, please call the conference phone number, 512-404-4600. Please note, emails and voicemails will not be immediately answered during this time. The TLA office will also be closed April 22-23. Normal office hours […]

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