Unlike a public library that may have constant and overlapping programs for the public, our mandates and the nature of our facilities make programs for us more infrequent. However, we have been offering more outreach and activity lately and as it turns out, we have two major events scheduled for tomorrow.
At the Zavala Building tomorrow, we have a program–which at this point is full–Black Family History Day from 12 to 3 p.m.–in which members of our Archives team guide attendees through local genealogical resources and how to research family history. Our very creative and energetic Coordinator or Outreach and Education programs, Ashley Stevens organized and has been actively promoting the event. She was even featured on Time-Warner News Channel speaking about the program. You can see that video here.
Meanwhile, at 2 p.m. at the ZACH Theatre in Austin, TSLAC will be sponsoring the kick-off of Lone Star Día, our statewide celebration of the 20th anniversary of Children’s Day, Book Day / El día de los niños, El día de los libros. The ZACH Theater is performing the play “Tomás and the Library Lady,” a play based on a book of the same title by author Pat Mora who also happens to be the founder of Children’s Day, Book Day. Ms. Mora will be on hand at the play–along with a number of Texas teachers, library leaders and lots of children and families–to greet the crowd and say a few words about her work, the origin of Día and the importance of books and reading. Thanks to a generous donation by the Friends of Libraries and Archives of Texas, we will be providing free copies of Tomás and the Library Lady to everyone attending the program. Throughout this spring we will be encouraging Texas libraries to observe this wonderful celebration that emphasizes the power of books and reading to change young lives. This project is being presented by our Texas Center for the Book, coordinated by Rebekah Manley with much planning and support from our Youth Services Consultant Christine McNew.
Unfortunately, both of these programs are full, however, we look forward to continuing to present as programming to help ensure that Texans of all ages have access to the information resources they need to live productive, informed lives.