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 - Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award      

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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 - Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award      

Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award

The nomination period for the Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award is June 1 - September 1 every year. The winning organization receives a $2,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. Additionally, at least one honorable mention recipient will receive $500.

Nonprofit organizations whose primary purpose is to support and encourage literacy are eligible. Anyone may submit a nomination, and eligible organizations are encouraged to self-nominate. This award is made possible by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation, Inc. and was inspired by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The winner will receive the Texas Center for the Book’s nomination for the 2020 Library of Congress State Literacy Award.

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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 (TCFB), 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 apply for mini-grants and receive resources for your 2020 celebration.

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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.

Thumbnail image of the Letters About Literature Contest flyerHas 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 travel assistance to the Texas Library Association Annual Conference for a special awards ceremony.

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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Chris Barton Photo Credit: Sam Bond

Texas Great Read 2019

What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, as the Texas Great Read for 2019. 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. The event showcases the importance of books and reading. The festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress and takes place during Labor Day weekend in Washington, D.C.

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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 “knowing your neighbor” could mean within their communities.

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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.

                         

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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