Reminder! Texas Center for the Book Seeking Nominations for $1,000 Literacy Award

2018 Literacy AwardWe wanted to spread a friendly reminder that the Texas Center for the Book is seeking qualified non-profit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to increasing literacy in Texas for the Third Annual 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. Additionally, an honorable mention recipient will be awarded $500.

The Texas Center for the Book also shared via social media that the first 10 people who nominate an organization for the award this week will get a $5 gift card to BookPeople (for use online or in store)!

While this award promotes partnerships with libraries, please note that library friends organizations, public libraries, school and academic libraries, and other library entities are not eligible for nomination. However, these entities are encouraged to nominate literacy organizations within their local and/or regional communities.

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. To be eligible, the primary purpose of the nominated nonprofit organization must be to support and encourage literacy. Organizations may self-nominate for the award or nominate partner nonprofit organizations.

The nomination period began June 1 and will run through Sept. 1. The 2018 Literacy Award winner will be announced during the Third Annual Texas Author Summit, which will kick off the Texas Book Festival on Oct. 25.

Nomination forms must include one letter of reference and a statement of 500 words or less on the nominated program’s value and impact. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include examples of the nominated organization’s partnerships with libraries, and nominated organizations are encouraged, but not required, to produce a two-minute video that highlights the impact of the nominated programming.

Questions? Contact Rebekah Manley at
512-936-2505 or by email at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov.

For more information visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/node/66561

Literacy Texas Seeking Conference Proposals

Is your library providing adult education and literacy training? Literacy Texas, the statewide coalition for literacy providers, is seeking proposals for sessions at its Annual Conference this summer. The conference is largely attended by community-based organizations that provide training in adult basic education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, high school equivalency (formerly known as GED), digital literacy, and more. This intimate conference offers a wide range of capacity building training ranging from program management to classroom best practices.

If you’d like to share the story of the work you’re doing, particularly if you’re in partnership with other literacy providers, consider submitting a session proposal.

The Literacy Texas Annual Conference will be held July 31-August 2, 2017, at the Embassy Suites, San Marcos, TX. If approved, all presenters must register for the conference.

Deadline to submit proposals is March 24.

 

Grants Available to Support Statewide Read on the Veteran Experience

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 • Austin, Texas • News Release

The Texas Center for the Book, an office of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, invites libraries, veteran’s organizations and community non-profits to apply for a participatory grant offering select book titles which are being made available for the agency’s inaugural statewide reading initiative, Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience. Funding for the books is made possible by support from The Edouard Foundation and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas.

The Texas Center for the Book has assembled a step-by-step facilitator toolkit for libraries and organizations to participate in the statewide read including a how-to guide, recommended titles, digital resources and links to program registration, application for books and an interactive map to locate participating organizations. More information can be found by visiting tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexas.

This project aims to bring communities together to engage in the tough, but important conversations that surround the story of those who have bravely served our country and what happens when they return home.

Read Across Texas features four titles that explore the complex topic of the veteran experience from different perspectives. The selections deal with the reality of the war experience and are intended for adult and older teenage readers.

The Texas Center for the Book will formally focus programming efforts in March, but libraries and organizations are encouraged to review the suggested steps outlined on the website and plan events throughout the spring. The community reads initiative is inspired by California’s successful War Comes Home program, which brought together veterans, their families, scholars, writers, historians, artists, activists, and other interested community members to explore how the country’s engagements in war affects us all.

Established in 1987, the Texas Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who work to promote a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State. One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.

For more information visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexas.

Texas Center for the Book Seeks Applicants for 2016 Literacy Award

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.

The nomination period for the 2016 Literacy Award is from August 18, 2016, through October 15, 2016. The 2016 Literacy Award winner will be announced during the Texas Author Summit at the Texas Book Festival on Nov. 3, 2016.

Non-profit organizations whose primary purpose is to support and encourage literacy are eligible for the 2016 Literacy Award. Organizations may self-nominate for the award, or nominate partner non-profit organizations.

While this award promotes partnerships with libraries, please note that public, school and academic libraries or other library entities are not eligible for nomination. Libraries are highly encouraged to nominate literacy organizations within their local and/or regional communities.

Nomination forms must include one letter of reference and a statement of 500 words or less on the nominated program’s value and impact. Nominators are strongly encouraged to include examples of the nominated organization’s partnerships with libraries. For more information on submitting a nomination, please visit the Texas Center for the Book’s website.

Nominated organizations are encouraged, but not required, to produce a two-minute video that highlights the impact of the nominated programming.

All nomination forms become the property of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and may be used in whole or in part as informational or educational materials. The winning organization must provide documentation proving 501(c)(3) status. Funding is made possible by a generous donation from David Rubenstein and the Library of Congress.

For more information, contact Rebekah Manley, Texas Center for the Book Coordinator, Texas State Library and Archives Commission at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov or 512-936-2505.

 

Scholarships Available for Literacy Texas Annual Conference

Scholarships for the Literacy Texas 2016 Annual Conference are available for volunteers and staff at Texas libraries not already receiving professional development funds from the Texas Workforce Commission.  There is a limit of 5 scholarships per library, and the scholarships cover the cost of registration only. The Literacy Texas 2016 Annual Conference is open to anyone working in Adult Education and Literacy and will be held August 1-3 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos. For more information on the scholarships and conference, please visit the Literacy Texas website.

Panhandle Literacy Symposium, Amarillo, April 9

From Literacy Texas:

The Panhandle Literacy Symposium is Saturday, April 9!

The Panhandle Literacy Symposium is right around the corner, and the time to register is now! This free, one-day event, to be held on April 9 in Amarillo, will offer professional development and training for staff and volunteers of organizations in the Panhandle region. Featured curriculum will include volunteer management, tutoring and teaching low literacy students, collaborating with AEL grant recipients, and more! Please visit our website, literacytexas.org, for more information and to register.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Lester Meriwether at lester@literacyconnexus.org. For technical issues with registration please email info@literacytexas.org.

This symposium has been developed as a partnership effort between Literacy ConneXus and Literacy Texas.

The Symposium will be held at the Paramount Baptist Church, 3801 S. Western St., Amarillo, TX 79109. Librarians are welcome to attend.

West Texas Literacy Symposium

From Literacy Texas:

Register now for the West Texas Literacy Symposium!
The West Texas Literacy Symposium is less than two weeks away! This exciting, free training event will be held March 19 at the McKenzie Merket Alumni Center, 17th St, Lubbock, TX 79401. This professional development program will feature a variety of training topics to promote adult literacy awareness and initiatives, including a keynote from TWC AEL Director Anson Green. We encourage anyone affiliated with adult education to attend, including program and administrative staff, volunteers, and anyone else who has an interest in educating Texans.

Please visit literacytexas.org for more information and to register.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Lynda Dutton at literacylubbocked@yahoo.com. For technical issues with registration please email info@literacytexas.org.

Librarians are invited to attend.

Join the ConnectED Challenge

school children giving the thumbs up photoWhat if every school child in the nation had a library card?  On January 19, library executives, mayors, county executives and school superintendents met with White House officials in Washington, D.C.   to discuss progress on the ConnectED Library Challenge where the goal is just that – get a library card into the hand of every child enrolled in school.

Libraries that participate in the Challenge develop and enhance local partnerships to ensure children have library cards.  And, participating libraries also commit to:

  • support student learning through programming that develops language, reading, and critical thinking
  • provide digital resources, such as e-books
  • provide broadband connectivity and wireless access within libraries

Approximately 60 cities and counties around the country are currently participating. In Texas, Harris County Public Library and San Antonio Public Library are rising to the challenge – with card drives and other activities designed to ensure students have library cards.

Your library can join the Challenge as well! Visit the ConnectED Library Challenge web pages for more details, then send an email to LibraryChallenge@imls.gov to learn how you can get involved.

Plain Language: A New Communication Tool for Your Library

Every once in a while I run across a game changer—something that completely changes my approach to an issue. It’s often something that seems blatantly obvious in retrospect, but I’ve never heard seen it described or articulated in a systematic way before. Last August, I was lucky enough to attend such a presentation at the Literacy Texas Annual Conference in San Marcos.

(Actually, I attended two game changers at that conference, but the second is a post for another day).

Kathryn Bauchelle is the Program Director at Literacy Advance of Houston. She is a proponent of and expert on the concept of Plain Language, which is a communication method that emphasizes using clear and direct language for the specific audience being addressed. In her position, she is required to think very intentionally about how she writes instructions, training materials, and signs for low-literacy students. She’s developed some best practices along the way. Kathryn very graciously agreed to reprise her presentation as a webinar for the library community. If your library posts signs, creates forms, writes directions, etc., you will likely enjoy learning about Plain Language and how to use it.

The webinar is Thursday, January 28, from 10-11AM. It will be recorded and archived. You can register here.

 

Regional Adult Education and Literacy Workshops

Literacy Texas, the statewide literacy coalition, is partnering with regional literacy organizations around the state to provide free full-day training for staff and volunteers working in adult literacy. Libraries that provide adult literacy programming are encouraged to attend. In most cases, they’ve scheduled these workshops on a Saturday and are providing lunch.

Registration is currently open for the following:

  • East Texas Literacy Symposium, Saturday, January 23, Longview
  • Gulf Coast Literacy Symposium, Saturday, January 30, Pearland
  • West Texas Literacy Symposium, Saturday, March 19, Lubbock

You can visit the Literacy Texas website to learn more and to register. Future trainings will be held later this spring in the Panhandle and Central Texas.

The Literacy Texas folks want to work with libraries. They’ll be presenting a webinar on partnership opportunities this Thursday, January 21, at 2:00 PM with TLA. You can register for the webinar here.