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.
Letters About Literature is a reading/writing contest for fourth-12th graders.
Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. State winners receive $100 and a trip to the Texas Library Association Conference. National winners receive $2,000 and travel assistance to Washington D.C. for a special awards ceremony.
The deadline has passed for the 2018-2019 Texas submissions. Please check back for the 2019-2020 dates. Be sure to visit the Letters About Literature page for submission steps and official rules set by the Library of Congress.
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) is proud to support libraries and organizations who participate in Lone Star Día.
Visit the Lone Star Día page for resources for your 2019 celebration! The project, administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, promotes literacy throughout the state.
Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award
The nomination period for the Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award is June 1 - Sept. 1 every year. The winning organization receives a $2,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. Additionally, an honorable mention recipient will receive $500. The Literacy Award is formally presented during the Annual Texas Authors Celebration that kicks off the Texas Book Festival in the fall.
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 Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas 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.
Shame the Stars By Guadalupe García McCall
The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has selected Shame the Stars by Texas author Guadalupe García McCall as the 2018 Texas’ Great Read. Each year, states are asked to highlight a book representative of the region’s literary landscape at the National Book Festival. The event is sponsored by the Library of Congress and will take place September 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C., to showcase the importance of books and reading.
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.
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
THE TEXAS CENTER PROMOTES:
- The educational and cultural role of the book
- The history of books and printing
- Authorship and writing
- Publishing and preservation of books
- Reading and literacy
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: firstname.lastname@example.org [Texas Center for the Book]
- Address: 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, TX 78701