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   Austin, TX    Texas Center for the Book to Host Free “Read Across Texas” Virtual Author Event May 19   

Austin, TX – The Texas Center for the Book invites book lovers statewide to register for its May 19 Read Across Texas author event featuring Texas writers Nancy Wayson Dinan and Chris Barton, moderated by KUT’s Jennifer Stayton.

   Austin, TX    Winners of the 2020-2021 Letters About Literature Texas Competition Announced   

Austin, TX – The Texas Center for the Book has announced the winners of the 2020-2021 Letters About Literature Texas contest, a statewide event sponsored by the Texas Library and Archives Foundation. This annual competition invites 4th through 12th grade students to write letters to authors—living or dead—about how that writer’s words affected them or changed their worldview.

   Austin, TX    Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center Makes Newton County Historical Records Available Online   

Liberty, TX – In celebration of Newton County’s 175th anniversary, the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center (SHC), part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), has digitized records salvaged from the 2000 Newton County Courthouse fire and made them freely available online.

The records were donated to the SHC for professional conservation treatment after being damaged. Although the records survived the flames, the water used to fight the fire left them moldy, covered in dirt and soot and, in some cases, torn and unbound.

   Austin, TX    Texas Center for the Book Celebrates Children and Diversity in Literature   

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   Austin, TX    Governor Abbott Appoints Three to Texas Historical Records Advisory Board   

Austin, TX – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Tara Turk-Zaafran to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB) for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The governor reappointed Jelain Chubb and Malinda L. Cowen for terms expiring on February 1, 2025 and February 1, 2024, respectively.

   Austin, TX    Debbie Garza Appointed to TexShare Advisory Board   

Debbie Garza, Director of the Midland County Public Library in Midland, Texas, has been appointed to the TexShare Advisory Board (TSAB). Ms. Garza was appointed in August 2020, and her term extends through 2023.

   Austin, TX    Texas State Library and Archives Commission Announces Virtual Research Webinars Series   

Austin, TX – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce a new virtual Research Webinars series, free online programming provided by its Archives and Information Services division. TSLAC reference staff will offer virtual versions of the popular Second Saturday workshops formerly provided on site.

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