Free Books and Webinar for Statewide Community Read

The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) recently launched their second statewide community read. Read Across Texas – Know Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion kicks off this spring, with libraries throughout the state signing up to host reading and discussion programs.

Find out more at our webinar on Tues., Mar. 19 at 2:00pm Central when TCFB’s Coordinator Rebekah Manley will discuss the resources and book grants. Our special guest Rev. Jennifer Elisa Veninga, Ph.D. will give insight on leading conversations about compassion. Dr. Veninga is a Professor of Religious and Theological Studies from the School of Arts and Humanities at St. Edward’s University in Austin.

Please note, there are limited book grants available through the Read Acoss Texas program. If you are interested in doing this program, be sure to submit an application for your books asap: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexas

Join us for Read Across Texas

Read Across Texas

The Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) invites libraries and community non-profits to join in a statewide reading campaign. Read Across TexasKnow Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion kicks off this March, with libraries throughout the state signing up to host reading and discussion programs. Libraries can apply for books and get all the information they need at the Read Across Texas webpage. Read on for a letter from our State Librarian Mark Smith, followed by information from the recent press release.

Dear Texas Library Colleagues,

I am very pleased to introduce “Know Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion,” the 2019 theme for Read Across Texas, a project of the Texas Center for the Book.

We intend for this exciting project, which suggests four profoundly moving books in each of four genres, to provide the basis for a series of community conversations about how to encourage civility, compassion, and stronger communities.

We hear so much nowadays about the divisions in our society that keep people from coming together and interacting as neighbors and fellow citizens. Libraries are key elements of a social infrastructure that provide a valuable place for social engagement and interaction. The titles we are encouraging communities to read in this year’s statewide reading program, explore ideas of how to overcome our divisions and connect with our neighbors on a sustaining, human level.

I have read all four books and I can personally recommend all of them. Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle is a sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking memoir of his work helping gang members in Los Angeles to gain employable skills—and the best book on compassion I’ve ever read. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman is a heartwarming and funny story about how people are so much more than our first impressions. The Strange, a graphic novel by Jérôme Ruiller, uses animal-like figures to explore the plight of strangers in a strange land. And Dreamers by Yuyi Morales is an award-winning picture book in which an immigrant mother and her son find a welcoming and enriching place in their local public library.

I hope you will consider participating in “Know Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion” to use these books to bring your community together in a discussion of our shared values as Texans and Americans. Our Center for the Book Coordinator Rebekah Manley will be providing book sets, made possible by our Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, to as many libraries as possible as well as a toolkit including questions that you can use to spark quality discussions. Please visit www.tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexas to apply for books and peruse the resources.

Thank you for what you already do to cultivate compassionate communities. I look forward to hearing your success stories as you participate in this worthwhile program.

Respectfully,

Mark Smith
State Librarian

More about Read Across Texas!

The TCFB sponsors Read Across Texas to encourage meaningful discourse. The campaign features four book selections that explore the complex topic of what it means to “know your neighbor” and encourages communities to engage in challenging, insightful and transformative conversations. Each community can choose a title from the recommended list and hold a book discussion on what cultivating compassion can look like within that community

TCFB, which is administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, is also making available grants to libraries to help them buy books that can be used in group discussions. Libraries and organizations can access an online step-by-step facilitator toolkit that includes materials such as a how-to guide, additional recommended titles, digital resources and links to discussion questions. The toolkit along with the program registration form and grant application are available at tsl.texas.gov/readacrosstexas.

Activities for Read Across Texas begin in March, but libraries and organizations may conduct programs throughout the spring and summer. Know Your Neighbor: Cultivating Communities of Compassion offers libraries a broad canvas for convening individuals and groups together to explore the unique questions, challenges and solidarity that can occur in communities throughout the state.

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 in Austin, Texas.

Learn about the 2018-2019 Letters About Literature Contest!

Letters About Literature BannerInterested in encouraging your students or patrons to participate in Letters About Literature? The Texas Center for the Book has updated their Letters About Literature website with new submission steps, rules and forms! Visit the website here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature

What is Letters About Literature?

All fourth-12th graders are invited to participate in this contest that invites them to write a letter to an author who moved them. The 2018-2019 contest will open on Nov. 1, 2018, with Texas submissions due to the new online submission platform by Dec. 14, 2018.

Please read the submission steps and official rules from the Library of CongressA permission form is required for all students entering who will be under the age of 13 on Nov. 11, 2018.

If you are interested in reading stellar examples, please check out the 2018 winners here: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature/2018winners.

Questions?

Please contact Rebekah Manley, Coordinator for the Center for the Book of Texas, at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov.

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

Texas Center for the Book Seeking Nominations for $1,000 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 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.

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

Announcing the Lone Star Día mini grant!

Lone Star diaThe Texas Center for the Book (TCFB) is proud to support libraries who participate in Lone Star Día. Working in partnership with First Book, TCFB will provide grants of $200 to assist Texas libraries who serve children in need.

Grants will be awarded as a $200 credit to libraries to use as payment towards books they select from the First Book Marketplace, which offers a wide array of diverse titles for children. First Book also offers a special Celebrate Día section to assist librarians with recommended titles.

The grants are made possible by the generosity of the Edouard Foundation and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas. Grants will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

You can use these funds to help you host an amazing Día celebration at your library in April 2018! Read all about the beginnings of Día by founder Pat Mora on her website at www.patmora.com/whats-dia/, along with explanations and guidelines for The Estela and Raúl Mora Award.

$200 Grant Applications ARE OPEN Celebrate Lone Star Día

To participate in Lone Star Día 2018 grants:

Sign up with First Book (if you are not already a member). Please note: access to First Book (and the Día First Bookgrant programA blue book cover with hands holding it and the text First Book) requires that libraries meet the criteria of serving children in need. Libraries serving at least 70% of children from low-income families are eligible to sign up with First Book. If your library has an E-Rate of 90, serves as summer meals site, partners with a local Title I school, nearby Head Start, food pantry or other agency to deliver programming for kids in need through your library you are eligible to sign up. http://www.fbmarketplace.org/eligibility-faqs/.

Fill out the Lone Star Día grant application. Apply today! Funding for this opportunity is made possible by the generosity of the Edouard Foundation and the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas. Grants will be
made on a first come, first serve basis.

Questions? Contact the Rebekah Manley, the Coordinator for the Center for the Book of Texas, at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov.

Learn about Letters About Literature!

Have you heard about Letters About Literature, but are not sure exactly what it is or how to help students in your community participate? You’re in luck! The Texas Center for the Book has released a new Letters About Literature information page! This page includes valuable information about the contest, including the following sharable video:

Letters About Literature is a reading/writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Library of Congress.

State winners receive $100 and a trip to the Texas Library Association Conference. National winners receive $1,000 and travel assistance to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. See this printable handout as a frame of reference for key information.

Questions? More information, including submission deadlines, can be found at the Letters About Literature page at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature. You can also contact the Coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book, Rebekah Manley, at rmanley@tsl.texas.gov.

Deadline Approaching to Nominate a Great Literacy Provider!

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 ends 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.

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.