Join the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, along with 22 other Central Texas archival repositories, at the Austin Archives Bazaar on October 16 from 2 PM to 6 PM at at Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd. The Austin Archives Bazaar is an opportunity for the local community to discover the photographs, documents, films, maps, video games, and more held in the incredible archival collections in Austin and Central Texas.
There’s a heated debate that has raged on in Texas spawning friendly feuds and spirited spats among outdoor enthusiasts, weekend warriors and nature nuts for generations. Every Texan who has ever pitched a tent, paddled a canoe, roasted a marshmallow or sat around a cracking campfire swapping stories until the wee hours of the night has a favorite Texas State Park.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 as Power Up at Your Library Day. Libraries around the state have responded by organizing events geared to promote technology, innovation, creativity, and literacy in their respective communities. From McAllen to El Paso to Nacogdoches to Lubbock, and a rapidly-growing number in between, over 175 library events have been registered by academic, public, school, and special libraries.
The Texas Digital Library, through its home institution the University of Texas at Austin, and in collaboration with the University of North Texas and Houston Public Library, announced plans to increase the visibility of Texas archival materials in digital format through a statewide aggregation service thanks to a $71,877 grant made possible by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Library Services and Technology Act.
The Texas Center for the Book, a project of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, invites young readers to enter the 2016 Letters About Literature Contest. Held in conjunction with the Library of Congress, the literary competition encourages students in grades 4-12 to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.
The Texas Center for the Book is seeking qualified non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas for the 2016 Texas Center for the Book Literacy Award. The winning organization will receive a $1,000 cash award to assist in its future work promoting reading and combating illiteracy. The award provides public recognition to 501(c)(3) organizations committed to addressing the continuing need for literacy services and that increase public awareness of the importance of literacy.
Science, technology, engineering, art and math take center stage alongside reading, writing, robots and more in the list of grant proposals recently approved by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Agency commissioners gave the green light to 73 library grant awards totaling $2.1 million for numerous Texas libraries, institutions of higher education, and related nonprofit organizations.