Cesar Garza

Communications Officer

TSLAC Invites Poetry Fans to Hangout on Google Plus

Monday, March 10, 2014 • Austin, TX • News Release

In a first for the agency, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will broadcast a live video chat via Google+ Hangouts with State Librarian Mark Smith and seven guests. The public broadcast will take place online Thursday, April 17, 1-2pm CST.

As April is National Poetry Month, the theme of the Hangout is “Poetry Matters.” As Hangout participants webcam from their homes or offices across Texas, they’ll read and discuss a poem that matters to them personally and why poetry matters in general. Afterward TSLAC will post the recorded broadcast on its YouTube channel for leisurely viewing.

Among the Hangout participants are two middle school librarians, two academic librarians, a public librarian, a curator of TEDxAustin, and a nationally recognized high school poet – all based in Texas. Participant bios, selected poems to be discussed on air, and Hangout links are available at

“We look forward to engaging our library colleagues, patrons, and the general public on the place of poetry in communities and in the context of literacy and libraries,” said Smith.

This event also falls during National Library Week, which is April 13-19 this year. All are invited to watch the live Hangout April 17th and to join the conversation about why poetry matters to them personally using the hashtag #PoetryMatters on Twitter. Tweet with @TSLAC at any time before and during the Hangout.