Rebekah Manley

Coordinator, Texas Center for the Book

Texas Center for the Book Launches Statewide Reading Program Exploring the Veteran Experience

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



Austin, TX- 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

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.

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