Texas Center for the Book Relocates to Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 • Austin, Texas • News Release
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Library of Congress announce the relocation of the Texas Center for the Book to its new home at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.
The public is invited to join the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the launch of the Texas Center for the Book featuring children’s author and illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza, local author Sarah Bird, and Pat Mora, founder of Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros, at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library on Sunday, October 18, at 1:00PM, (1201 Brazos St.) during the 20th Annual Texas Book Festival.
One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book was established by the Dallas Public Library in 1987 to stimulate public interest in books, reading, and libraries and encourage the study of the written word.
“We are very excited at the prospect of using the Center for the Book as a statewide platform to inform the public of the importance of books and reading and to urge Texans to take advantage of the huge resource for education, lifelong learning, and cultural enrichment offered at their local libraries and archives,” commented TSLAC Director and Librarian, Mark Smith. “We thank the Dallas Public Library for their excellent work with the Center since its inception and look forward to maintaining the tradition of excellence that they have established,” Smith said.
The Center will support the shared mission of library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers promoting a love of literature to the more than 26 million residents of the State of Texas. Initiatives slated for implementation include the Letters About Literature contest, in which students (grades 4-12) write to the author (living or dead) of a book, poem or speech, about how the work affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels with awards including a grand prize of a trip to the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and $1,000.