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A graphic with the text Letters About Literature. Read. Be Inspired. Write Back. A Library of Congress National Reading-Writing Promotion Program.

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Has a book brought you to laughter, tears or changed your life? Write a letter to the author.

Letters About Literature is a reading/writing contest for 4th-12th graders.

State winners receive $100 and a trip to the Texas Library Association Conference. National winners receive $1,000 and travel assistance to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year.

For full information, including teaching guides and FAQs, go the Letters About Literature page.
 

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Join the Texas Center for the Book, the Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas for an evening with best-selling author Ben Fountain on February 23, 2017 at 7:00PM in correlation with the Texas Center for the Book's Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience statewide reading program. This project aims to bring communities together to engage in the tough, but important conversations that surround the story of those who have bravely served our country and what happens when they return home.

 

                                    

Read Across Texas- This new program encourages communities to engage in tough but important conversations.  In 2017, we invite Texans to use books as a bridge and talk about what happens when veterans come home.

 

                                     A graphic with the text - Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award Nomination

The Texas Center for the Book has chosen Midland Need to Read as the recipient of the first annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. This $1,000 award, which honors a qualified non-profit organization that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas

                                    

2016 Texas' "Great Read"

Wish Girl By Nikki Loftin

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Texas Center for the Book chooses a work by a Texas Author to represent the rich culutural idendity of the Lone Star State This year we have chosen "Wish Girl" by Nikki Loftin. Loftin's setting of the Texas Hill Country serves as the perfect backdrop to a story of finding friendship in the most unexpected place.

 

Lone Star Dia Celebrates 20 Years of Children's Day, Book Day 1996-2016

Children’s Day, Book Day, in Spanish, El día de los niños, el día de los libros, often known as Día, (day in Spanish) is a year-long commitment to linking children and families to books. A collaboration of national literacy organizations, presses and readers, Día creatively celebrates all our children and the importance of bookjoy in their daily lives. Around April 30th, book fiestas are held in libraries, schools, homes, parks, etc. celebrating Children’s Day, Book Day. In Texas, we celebrate this multicultural, children’s book party as Lone Star Día! See resources, programming ideas, and much more at the Lone Star Día page.

Click on this graphic to apply for your own little free library!

 

Little Free Library is working with the Texas Center for the Book to distribute miniatiure lending libraries in communities across Texas. For more information on stewarding your own Little Free Library visit this link.

 

A photograph the actors and of author Pat Mora. Click on this image to view photographs from the Texas Center for the Book's Día 20th Aniversary Kickoff event featuring ZACH Theatre's production of Tomás and the Library Lady.

Click the image above to view photographs from the Texas Center for the Book's Día 20th Aniversary Kickoff event featuring ZACH Theatre's production of Tomás and the Library Lady. The Feb. 13th performace invited librarians, educators and students to celebrate the joy of reading with special guest Author Pat Mora.

 

ABOUT THE TEXAS CENTER FOR THE BOOK

Established in 1987, the Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State.

One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas. View the Austin premier event.

                         

THE TEXAS CENTER FOR THE BOOK SPONSORS:

  • Special exhibits
  • Literary programs
  • Creative writing contests
  • Lectures and symposia
  • Publications

THE TEXAS CENTER PROMOTES:

  • The educational and cultural role of the book
  • The history of books and printing
  • Authorship and writing
  • Libraries
  • Publishing and preservation of books
  • Reading and literacy

CONTACT INFORMATION

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission invites you to join in its mission of working with organizations and individuals across the state to develop and increase public appreciation of, and support for books, reading and libraries.

  • Telephone: (512) 936-2505
  • Email: rmanley@tsl.texas.gov [Texas Center for the Book]
  • Address: 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701

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