Austin, Texas    Texas Gov. Signs Budget, Texas State Library and Archives Commission Receives $1 Million Dollar Appropriation to Bring High Speed Internet to Rural Communities Through Public Libraries   

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC)  will receive a special legislative appropriation of one million dollars to bring high-speed internet connections to Texas communities via public libraries. The funds will allow TSLAC to facilitate local public library access to federal discounts that will make broadband connections affordable. The request was funded as part of the agency’s 2018-2019 legislative appropriation.

   Austin, Texas    Texas Center for the Book Seeks Applicants for 2017 Literacy Award   

The Texas Center for the Book is seeking non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas, qualifying organizations must be nominated by September 1, 2017.

   Liberty, TX    Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center Museum Space Closed for Remodeling   

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has started renovation of the 1,900 square foot museum exhibit space at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. Staff from the Center must carefully transport delicate historical artifacts and remove exhibit cases in preparation for the extensive remodeling project.

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

This April, Texans celebrate 21 years of Día de los Niño’s, Día de los Libros (Children’s Day, Book Day): a celebration of children, culture and literature. Texas Center for the Book coined the term Lone Star Día for Texas and encouraged statewide participation. Nationally, libraries, schools, churches and organizations are encouraged to discover “bookjoy” year-round and most events occur around Día’s birthday on April 30th.

   Austin, Texas    2017 Letters About Literature Reading/Writing Program Winners Announced   

Nine students have won the Texas round of the 2017 Letters About Literature Competition, sponsored in part by the Texas Center for the Book. This national reading and writing program, initiated by the Library of Congress, gives 4th-12th graders a chance to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book has affected their lives. Nationally, close to 40,000 students wrote letters and since 1997 more than a million students have participated.

   Liberty, TX    Open House Launches Campaign to Find Local Southeast Texas History   

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, held an open house on Saturday, March 18, inviting area residents to donate items of historical importance to be included in the soon-to-be updated museum space detailing the narrative of the Atascosito District of Southeast Texas.

   Austin, Texas    TSLAC to Return WWI Service Flag to Texas A&M University Officials in Special Ceremony   

Over 2,200 Texas A&M University students answered the call to serve in World War 1, more than any other American college. To commemorate their service and honor the 55 fallen soldiers who did not return home, a flag was created. For many years the flag was displayed at the
Capitol and then preserved in the Texas State Archives.

Join us on April 6, 2017, the Centennial Anniversary of US entrance into World War I, as the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

   Austin, Texas    Governor Abbott Appoints Glenn And Chubb To The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board   

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Bob R. Glenn and reappointed Jelain Chubb to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board for terms set to expire February 1, 2020. The board works to improve archival and records storage conditions throughout the state and promote the preservation and use of the state’s documentary heritage.

   Austin, Texas    Texans Take to the Trenches: The Lone Star State and the Great War   
   Liberty, TX    Southeast Texas Glass Plate Negative Collections Online