Rule Review Posted

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has posted a notice related to Library Development in the December 14, 2018 edition of the Texas Register.

TSLAC has filed a notice of intent to review and consider for readoption, revision, or repeal of the rules in Chapter 1 of the Texas Administrative Code, Title 13, Part 1, related to Library Development. The notice of review can be found on page 8155 at .

This review is conducted pursuant to Texas Government Code §2001.039, which requires rule review every four years. Comments should be directed to Jennifer Peters, Director of Library Development and Networking, TSLAC, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, Texas 78711, by fax at or Written comments from the general public must be received within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Texas Register.

Best of 2018: Books, podcasts, and more!


Book ( by Daniel Wehner is licensed through CC BY 2.0

As we near the end of 2018, we wanted to share some of the books, podcasts and other media that staff here at the Library Development and Network Division loved this year! Here’s to a great 2019!

Jennifer Peters, Director of Library Development & Networking

I was so moved by Tara Westover’s stunning memoir, Educated, that I read it twice. This highly acclaimed book is worth all of the good press it has received. Westover grew up in an isolated survivalist family in Idaho, and had little access to schooling because of her parents’ mistrust of the educational system—indeed, they were hostile to all government and institutional systems to an extreme degree. How a bright, brutalized girl took charge of her life is nothing short of astonishing.

My favorite podcasts dive deeply into real events with multiple episodes and stellar reporting. Season One of Slow Burn was a fascinating overview of the Watergate scandal. I thought I knew the basics of Watergate, but this podcast provided context, a cast of fascinating characters, and a sense of what living through the period was like, before anyone knew how things would turn out. My guilty podcast pleasure is true crime: Death in Ice Valley, In the Dark, Dr. Death, Stranglers, and more!

Valicia Greenwood, Library Statistics Specialist

I have discovered podcasts this year!  It started with a story from NPR which led to “Everything Happens with Kate Bowler.”  Kate, in her mid-thirties, is a professor, mother and writer.  She was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and turned it into an opportunity to let others know how to communicate with those going through dark and tragic times in their life.  She wrote a book, Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, which allowed her to explore the topic personally, and then created the podcast, through which she explores the topic with others.  While potentially sad, I come away from the broadcast refreshed.  This podcast has interesting guests interviewed by Kate with warmth and humor, who share valuable insights on the rougher side of being human.

Another favorite podcast is the “TED Radio Hour,“ with host Guy Raz.  These shows distill several related TED talks, interspersed with interviews with the speakers, who update or further explain their ideas.  Topics are as broad and fascinating as the original talks on which they are based.  It has taught me about history, celebrity personalities and even about burial practices around the world.

One other I am hooked on is “99% Invisible,” created and hosted by Roman Mars.  This is trivia at its most detailed, from where “casual Fridays” come from to how Oklahoma City was born.  According to the website, the podcast is about “all the though that goes into the things we don’t think about.” A fun, fascinating listen!

Ann Griffith, Electronic Resources Coordinator

Earlier this year, Texas Tribune CEO, Evan Smith, did a fascinating interview with journalist/author Helen Thorpe on his PBS show, Overheard with Evan Smith, about Thorpe’s life and career, books, and insights.  Thorpe is an Irish immigrant: born in the U.K. and raised in the U.S., she specializes in writing about “otherness.”  Her technique is to embed, befriend, then write candid, sympathetic, and powerful stories about the carefully selected and unique people she gets to know.  Intrigued, I read all three of Thorpe’s books and found them great reads.

Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America is an award-winning study of four high school girls, whose parents illegally immigrated from Mexico to Colorado.  Two of the girls are U.S. citizens, two aren’t, but all struggle with immigration, legal documentation, and integration issues.  It’s hard not to root for these real, flawed people who struggle to pursue successful, happy, safe lives – as we all do.

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War covers twelve years in the lives of three women who enlisted in the Indiana National Guard for economic reasons just before 9/11, served unexpected deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, then returned home.  This is an unusual and gritty book.  Thorpe examines the women’s gender-unique struggles dealing with money, men, the military, war, death, their own injuries, families and children, careers, transitioning from civil to military/military to civil, everything else life throws at them – and how they cope and change.  Despite the challenges all three found serving in the U.S. military, two choose to redeploy.

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom profiles twenty-two newly-arrived immigrant/refugee teenagers from nations and refugee camps around the world as they work through their first year in the U.S., attending an intensive, beginner-level English Language Acquisition (ELA) class at a Colorado public high school.  The book focuses on how these students aren’t just learning a new language, they are learning a new culture in order to successfully live in their new homes and country.  Thorpe relates some of the frightful events these children have lived through, how hard being a refugee is both abroad and in the U.S., and how the children and their families are managing, highlighting the power – and sometimes the failures – of human resiliency and kindness.

Kyla Hunt, Library Management Consultant

As I have a 8 month old daughter, my reading pace has been rather slow. That said, we’ve been reading the first Harry Potter book to my 6 year old daughter, and I’ve been really enjoying simultaneously listening to Binge Mode: Harry Potter. The hosts of this podcast, Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion, use each episode to examine the books chapter by chapter, with special episodes dedicated to topics such as the movies, Quidditch, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This is a podcast that is great if you’re a Harry Potter fan looking for an escape; fair warning, though, that it is filled with spoilers and is meant for an adult audience.

Henry Stokes, Library Technology Consultant

How does this unlikely pairing sound to you?  Groundhog Day time travel hijinks +  Agatha Christie English manor mystery. If that sounds instantly appealing as it did to me then try the novel, The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton.

I like my military sci-fi action adventure funny and touching (and also quick to read), so I very much enjoyed the four novellas that make up The Murderbot Diaries. They feature the first-person point-of-view of a former A.I. soldier as she makes her way in the world after freeing herself from robotic servitude.

It’s not for the faint of heart, but I am glad I read the true crime book, I’ll Be Gone In the Dark, by Michelle McNamara. It helped to know as I was reading that the serial murderer and rapist she investigated was caught just after the book’s publication due in no small part to the author’s impressive armchair detective work.

Governor Greg Abbott Proclaims Day Of Mourning In Honor Of Former President George H.W. Bush

Governor Abbott has called for the closure of all state agencies on Wednesday, December 5, as a day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush. Accordingly, TSLAC will be closed.

Gov. Abbott encourages the people of Texas to “gather, assemble, and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush.”

Summer Reading Program: Webinars and Supply Order Update

Summer Reading is just around the corner and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some resources with you to help you begin preparing your program. As you all know, that Summer Reading manual is a beast and can be a bit overwhelming! Where do you even begin? The following webinars were provided by Collaborative Summer Library Program and feature Amanda Struckmeyer, the Children’s and Early Literacy manual editor.

In the Children’s webinar (school age-12 years), Amanda breaks down the manual by explaining how to use the sections on planning, incentives, and promotion. She then goes through the chapters related to programming and explains a few of the programs in detail to include how they can be scaled up or down to serve different age groups.

The Early Literacy webinar (babies, toddlers, preschool) explains the importance of early literacy and the parent/caregiver as first teacher. Amanda provides information on how to structure your program, inclusion considerations and ideas for marketing. She explains that programming for early literacy is based on five components: read, talk, sing, play, and write. Amanda gives examples of programming based on these five components for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in the webinar.

Access the webinars here:

In addition to the Collaborative Summer Library Program resources provided above, Merri Monks, the Youth Service Consultant from the State Library of Iowa was kind enough to share additional resources with us here in Texas! Please follow the link below to find her webinars detailing the 2018 Early Literacy, Children’s, Adult, and Teen programs.

Summer Reading materials orders are on the move! If you ordered free materials through the form located on Texas State Library & Archives Commission website in November 2017, your materials are on the way. If you find errors with your order, please email me and let me know about it so I can begin working with DEMCO to correct the issue and get you the supplies you need.

If you missed the opportunity to order free materials through the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, you still have time to order and pay for materials through the CSLP website here:  Orders placed by March 1, 2018 should be delivered in early May 2018.



FEMA Public Assistance Deadline – October 31

The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017.

This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance.

Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.

The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at

More information about filing with FEMA can be found here: Applying for Public Assistance in Texas – Message from FEMA.

Questions? Contact or


Applying for Public Assistance in Texas – Message from FEMA

Please see below for a message from Lori Foley at FEMA about applying for Public Assistance or a Small Business Administration Disaster Loan.

Please direct any questions about FEMA Public Assistance to Karen Beard at the Texas Department of Homeland Security (, 512-242-7822). Questions about the Small Business Administration Loan can be directed to or 800-659-2955.


Arts organizations and cultural institutions that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey may be eligible for Federal assistance via:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans

If your institution is affiliated with a government agency, such as a state university or a county or municipality, you should communicate with that agency regarding your damage and any expenditures (overtime of personnel, purchases, etc.) to protect your facilities. The information below doesn’t necessarily apply to your institution because your expenditures will be included as part of your government agency – but only if it is aware of your damage.

In a Nutshell: File, File, File

  1. File a claim with your insurance company immediately. Follow all the deadlines set by the insurance company, and submit all documents and information requested within the deadlines set by the company. FEMA will want to see a settlement or denial letter from your insurance company to ensure that benefits are not duplicated, so be sure to file an insurance claim promptly. If you still have unmet needs or damages that the insurance company does not cover, then FEMA may be able to provide you with assistance.
  2. File for FEMA Public Assistance. Don’t dither about your eligibility; let FEMA determine your status. Be aware of the filing deadline. If you miss the deadline, which varies based on your county disaster declaration date, you will not have access to this federal disaster assistance. (See the Applicant Briefing DR-4332-TX-9-27-17 PPT for deadline dates.)
  3. File for a Small Business Administration disaster loan as well. Complete and submit the application as soon as possible. Returning the application does not obligate you to accept an SBA loan, but it is a necessary step to being considered for other forms of federal disaster assistance, including FEMA Public Assistance.

FEMA Public Assistance

If you are private nonprofit organization unaffiliated with any government agency, apply for FEMA Public Assistance (PA) and an SBA disaster loan.

Only certain private nonprofit (PNP) organizations are eligible under FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program. To be an eligible applicant, the PNP must show that it has:

  • A current ruling letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service granting tax exemption under sections 501(c), (d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, or
  • Documentation from the State substantiating it is a non-revenue producing, nonprofit entity organized or doing business under State law.

Additionally, for a facility to be eligible, the PNP must own or operate the facility and provide a service that is:

  • Critical in nature (e.g., education, utility, emergency, or medical); or
  • A non-critical facility that provides an essential government service AND is open to the public.

For more information on eligibility of PNPs, refer to the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide at

Applicant Briefing

The Applicant Briefing provides a high-level overview of the Public Assistance (PA) Program. The topics it normally covers include:

  • Application procedures
  • Project funding
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Administrative requirements
  • Procurement requirements
  • Environmental and historic preservation (EHP) compliance requirements
  • General eligibility criteria
  • Documentation requirements
  • Recordkeeping

IMPORTANT: An Applicant Briefing will be held tomorrow, October 4, at 10:00 am. If possible, attend the online presentation, even if you have not yet decided to apply for FEMA Public Assistance.




October 4, 2017 10:00 AM WebEx – Online Presentation

Video address:

Meeting ID: 928 471 635

Also available on WebEx app in either iPhone and Android app store

Call-in Information:

Toll Free: 1 (800) 861-4329

US Toll: 1 (404) 397-1535

Access Code: 173 218 5

See the Applicants Briefing Confirmation Memo, along with the Applicant Briefing DR-4332-TX-9-27-17. Note: You do not HAVE to attend an Applicant Briefing in order to file a Request for Public Assistance. Additional briefings will be conducted once additional counties are included in the declaration.  (Dates to be determined.) Complete the forms and submit them at any time prior to the deadline for your county.

 The following forms must accompany your application:

Applicants should send their RPA to:

For questions about Public Assistance, please contact:

Karen Beard

Recovery Officer

Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM)

Texas Homeland Security

Texas Department of Public Safety

O: (512) 242-7822

F:  (512) 424-2424


Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program

Non-Critical PNPs – most arts organizations and cultural institutions – must first apply to the Small Business Administration for disaster assistance. If denied by SBA or if your costs exceed what SBA covers, then FEMA may be able to provide you with assistance.


There are several types of loan programs available to private nonprofits. They include:


Types of Loans Borrowers Purpose Maximum Amount
Business Loans “Physical” Businesses and private
Repair or replace real estate, equipment, furniture, etc. $2 million
Economic Injury Loans Small businesses & private
Economic injury disaster loans or working capital loans $2 million
Mitigation Businesses, private
nonprofits and homeowners.
Mitigate / prevent future loss to real property 20% of verified physical damage. Homeowners limited to $200,000.


  • Businesses and private nonprofit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.
  • Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes.
  • Economic Injury Loans are also available for businesses that did not receive physical damage but were economically impacted due to the disaster.
  • Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
  • To apply online, go to
  • SBA has opened five Business Recovery Centers. SBA representatives can meet with business owners to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help them complete their Electronic Loan Application. SBA staffs the Business Recovery Center with representatives from the Small Business Development Center, Women’s Business Center and SCORE to offer free financial counseling advice to business owners.


Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends unless otherwise noted. The property damage application deadline is Oct. 24, 2017. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 25, 2018.


County Business Recovery Center (BRC) Location
Aransas Women’s Club of Aransas County, 1104 Concho St., Rockport, TX 78382
Harris University of Houston Small Business Development Center Region Office, 2302 Fannin St. – Suite 200, Houston, TX 77002
Nueces Port Aransas Community Center (next to the museum), 408 N. Alister St., Port Aransas, TX 78373
Fort Bend Fort Bend County Sienna Annex, 5855 Sienna Springs Way – Room 111, Missouri City, TX 77459—7 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
Jefferson Lamar University Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (CICE), 5091 Rolfe Christopher Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705


  • More information is available at  You can also email or call (800) 659-2955. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339.




Lori Foley

Administrator, Heritage Emergency National Task Force

Office of Environmental Planning & Historic Preservation

Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration



Hurricane Harvey Program & Funding Disaster Relief Offerings from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

See below for a message from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region.

The NNLM SCR would like to extend additional support to our network members and other partners impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We have developed a web page devoted to the services we are offering:

As communities within the NNLM South Central Region respond to Hurricane Harvey, we extend our well wishes and ongoing support to those involved in the recovery efforts. The NNLM SCR offers the following programs and financial support to agencies and libraries working to ensure access to authoritative health information is available to all.

  • Funding to develop pop-up libraries and programs
  • Online health information programs for library patrons (we would arrange, host, teach and promote these for free and co-brand them with the public library’s name)
  • Funding for mobile technologies to access health information
  • Free online in-service training. The NNLM SCR offers free online health information training sessions for librarians and staff.
  • Funding for librarians to attend conferences, training or workshops to gain knowledge about disaster management, mitigation and service continuity

These programs and opportunities are designed to assist with meeting stakeholder immediate needs and we hope they will allow our partners to offer programming, technical and service continuity within your community.  Please contact Lisa Smith at or 817-735-2601 for more information.

Agencies offering services must be an NNLM network member and be based within the South Central Region which includes: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Network membership is free and open to institutions that provide authoritative health information to the public, health professionals or other practitioners. Public libraries are eligible for free membership.

To apply for membership:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Rebuilding Finances After a Disaster

See below for a message from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Please share this information with your customers and patrons as appropriate.

Given the disaster that Hurricane Harvey is causing in eastern Texas we wanted to share with you some information we have on disaster preparedness and rebuilding your finances after a disaster.  Please feel free to use any of the information in any way you feel best.  The information is not copy written. If you wish to use pieces of any of the information please feel free to do so.

You all are in our thoughts and prayers as you all help your fellow Texans cope with this disaster.  Please feel free to share this information with any of your colleagues.


Ken McDonnell

Office of Financial Education
Division of Consumer Education and Engagement
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
1275 First Street, NE Washington, DC

Visit to get free copies of CFPB consumer brochures