Austin, TX    LIBRARIES ROCK! 2018 Summer Reading Program   

Contact: Macy Hurwitz

AUSTIN - LIBRARIES ROCK! 2018 Summer Reading Program - Readers of all ages will explore all things musical this summer through the statewide Summer Reading Program, which is sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock.” Public libraries throughout the state will offer activities and events to encourage reading.

   Austin, TX    Two Texans Receive Honorable Mention in National Letters About Literature Competition   

Contact: Rebekah Manley

   Liberty, TX    Museum at Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center to Reopen After Remodel with New Exhibit   

Contact: Alana Inman
(936) 336-8821

Liberty – The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center invites the public to a grand opening event to experience its newly remodeled museum, which features a state-of-the-art exhibition for people of all ages. Atascosito: The History of Southeast Texas explores the life and development of the roughly 10-county area.

   Austin, Texas    2018 Letters About Literature Contest Winners Announced   

Rebekah Manley
Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book

   Austin, TX    The Sunset Review of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission   

The mission and performance of the State Library and Archives Commission are under review by the Legislature as required under the Texas Sunset Act.  The Act provides that the Sunset Commission, composed of legislators and public members, periodically evaluate a state agency to determine if the agency is still needed and to explore ways to ensure that the agency's funds are well spent.  Based on the recommendations of the Sunset Commission, the Texas Legislature ultimately decides whether an agency continues to operate into the future.

   Austin, TX    New Statewide Standards for School Libraries Released   

Austin – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission voted Tuesday to approve revised guidelines for school libraries. School Library Programs: Standards and Guidelines for Texas provides communities, educators, and the public a tool for assessing and building quality school library programs and ensuring students benefit from robust instruction and resources.

   Austin, Texas    Partnership Brings Free Multicultural Children’s Books to Libraries   

Austin-- The Texas Center for the Book working in concert with First Book is bringing a new opportunity to help libraries celebrate Lone Star Día this April. The program is designed to support libraries who serve children in need.

   Austin Texas    Archivists Showcase Rarely-Seen Texas Historical Records   

Austin--Let archivists be your guide as you examine some of the state’s most fascinating historical records. Archives À la Carte: Staff Picks, the most recent exhibit at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, looks at how the Texan identity is captured and perpetuated through items selected by state archivists and librarians.

   Austin, Texas    Libraries Recovering from Storm to Receive New Books   

Texas libraries recovering from Hurricane Harvey are about to receive 100 new books to help them rebuild their collections. Thanks to the generosity of the Brownstone Book Fund of New York, 83 libraries affected by the storm will be able to offer community residents new reading selections for children.

The Brownstone Book Fund reached out to Mark Smith, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, to determine the best way of reaching the many libraries in the state dealing with Harvey and its aftermath.

   Austin, Texas    Texas State Library and Archives Commission Issues $194,071 in Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants to Offer Assistance to Libraries Affected by Hurricane Harvey   

In response to Hurricane Harvey, and acting under emergency procedures issued by the Governor’s Office, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission released the Rebuilding Texas Libraries grant program on September 18, 2017. The Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grant was designed to aid libraries that sustained damage during the hurricane and its aftermath. The goal was to assist Texas libraries in restoring services and programs to their patrons and to enable libraries to respond directly to the disaster.