Stephen Siwinski

Communications Officer

Texas Gov. Abbott Declares September 15 “Power Up at Your Library Day”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 • Austin, Texas • News Release

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has declared Thursday, September 15, 2016 as Power Up at Your Library Day. Libraries around the state have responded by organizing events geared to promote technology, innovation, creativity, and literacy in their respective communities.  From McAllen to El Paso to Nacogdoches to Lubbock, and a rapidly-growing number in between, over 175 library events have been registered by academic, public, school, and special libraries.

Libraries support learning, research, business and entrepreneurship, innovation, workforce development, community inclusion, and much more.  Texas libraries have been at the forefront of helping small business owners and entrepreneurs develop their enterprises. Today’s college and university libraries offer students, faculty, and researchers access to the quality materials needed for innovation. Libraries also provide critical support to help people find jobs, build career skills, and prepare for today’s challenging and changing workforce landscape. Texas libraries provide a forum and means for people to come together, learn, and tackle today’s most difficult social questions while continuing their work promoting literacy and lifelong learning.

“Power Up at Your Library Day is an ideal opportunity for libraries across the state to showcase the engaging, innovative and empowering content offered in Texas public, school and academic libraries, “ offered Mark Smith, Texas State Library and Archives Commission Director and Librarian. “ We know that the resources made available to these libraries through TSLAC help to ensure that citizens have access to the information they need to lead informed, productive, and fulfilled lives.”

Power Up at Your Library Day is part of the “Ideas Powered: It’s What We Do” campaign, which seeks to broaden the awareness of innovative library services to the public. For more information about the Powered Libraries initiative, which was launched by the Texas Library Association in early 2016, visit  Follow the campaign on social media through the hashtag #poweredlibraries.