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

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

Winners receive $100 and are honored at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference.

Be sure to visit the Letters About Literature page for submission steps and official rules set by the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

 

 

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A graphic with a young man looking at stacks of books with the text: The 2021 Literacy Award Winner is South Texas Literacy Coalition      

Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award

The Texas Center for the Book has announced that the South Texas Literacy Coalition is the recipient of the sixth annual Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. This $2,000 award, which honors a qualified 501(c)(3) organization that has made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas, is modeled on the Library of Congress’ annual literacy awards. View a video about this year’s winner.

Funded by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, Inc., the 2021 Literacy Awards also include two honorable mentions, awarded to Inside Books Project, and Temple Literacy Council

“We were delighted to receive nominations from across the state in the sixth year of this Texas award. The purpose of this award is to highlight a winning organization, while promoting a greater appreciation and awareness of literacy efforts statewide,” said Texas Center for the Book Coordinator Rebekah Manley.

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2021 Texas Great Read

Marfa for the Perplexed by the late Lonn Taylor

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen Marfa for the Perplexed by the late Lonn Taylor as the Texas Great Read for 2021. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress. The event showcases the importance of books and reading. In 2021, the 21st Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place virtually September 17-26.  

 

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Literary Landmarks are special places located across the country that attract tourists, book lovers, and history buffs to educate the public about important literary works and history. With only five Literary Landmark sites designated in our great and vast state, the Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) launched the 2021 Literary Landmark Roundup to increase the number of landmarks in Texas. Four new Texas sites were approved this spring by United for Libraries.

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#TXBookChat      

The #TXBookChat series offers brief discussions and programs with authors, librarians, and literary professionals. These informal “coffee chats” last about 30 minutes and offer a quick look into different aspects of the state’s literary world. The #TXBookChat series seeks to bring together diverse voices and perspectives.

Go to the #TXBookChat page to see all upcoming events.
 

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Read Across Texas encourages communities to engage in challenging, insightful, and transformative conversations. We invite libraries and organizations across Texas to participate in this effort by using books to open dialogue and explore what “recovery” could mean within their communities.
 

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Lone Star Dia Celebrate Children's Day, Book Day. Read with your children and discover Bookjoy every day.

Celebrate Lone Star Día

April 30th marks the annual celebration of Children’s Day, Book Day. Libraries and schools across the country hold events to promote reading, literacy, and the power of sharing multicultural stories. In Texas, we celebrate this event as Lone Star Día.

The Texas Center for the Book, which is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives, is proud to support libraries and organizations participating in Lone Star Día.

Visit the Lone Star Día page to receive resources for your 2021 celebration.

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5th Annual Texas Authors Celebration - November 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm CT - A woman riding a horned toad graphicWe are honored to include the 2020 Texas Book Festival’s poster artist Bob "Daddy-O" Wade and his featured piece Let 'er Rip in our event invitation.

5th Annual Texas Authors Celebration 2020

Take a page from a Texas author! The Texas Center for the Book, the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, the Writers’ League of Texas, and the Texas Book Festival hosted the fifth annual Texas Authors Celebration on November 5, 2020. Please enjoy the recording of the event here

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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 Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries, while celebrating the written word and literary heritage of Texas. Our commitment is to see every Texan develop an appreciation for books and the bridges they create. 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

Many of the projects administered by the Texas Center for the Book are supported in part by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation. To learn more about the organization, go to www.txlaf.org.                    

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

MAILING LIST

Sign up for the Texas Center for the Book email list to get all the latest information about upcoming events, programs, news, and more!

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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