Volume 39 No. 2 | February 2020
Fiscal Year 2020 Federal Library Funding
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations included a $10 million dollar increase for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), including $6.2 million dollars for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). That is the largest increase for the LSTA program in 12 years.

On February 10, the White House released the national budget proposal for fiscal year 2021, which, as expected, proposes (for the fourth consecutive time) eliminating the IMLS. The American Library Association released this statement about the White House's 2021 budget.

Our goal for this year is to get a record number of signatures on ALA’s “dear appropriator” letters in the House and Senate, both for LSTA and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program.

Learn more about the #fundlibraries campaign.
2020 National Library Legislative Day 
More than 400 library advocates from across the country will travel to Washington, D.C. May 4 – 5 for the 45 th Annual National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). Attendees will experience a full day of advocacy training to learn and discuss the latest research and legislative priorities. The following day, hundreds of library workers, supporters, leaders, and patrons will take their passion, knowledge, and stories to Capitol Hill to meet with their congressional leaders and underscore the importance of increased public funding and strong policies that support libraries and information access. The registration deadline is March 31 and space is limited. We hope you’ll join the Texas delegation in DC!  Learn more and register .
Teach Me How to Texas
The Texas Tribune is offering a free five-week email course on Texas elections called Teach Me How to Texas. In the course, you’ll learn interesting facts about Texas’ past and culture, how different communities and regions in Texas vote, how candidates raise and spend money, how to spot a good poll from a bad one, and how to decode your November ballot. Subscribe here.
New Tejas Star and 2x2 Reading Lists Released
The 2020-2021 Tejas Star Reading List and the 2020 2x2 Reading List are here! The Tejas Star Reading List i s a carefully curated list of Spanish and bilingual titles. It is designed to encourage children ages 5 to 12 to explore multicultural books and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. The 2x2 Reading List is comprised of the best of recent books for children age two to grade two.
Applications Open for Texas Book Festival Grants for Public Libraries
Each year, the Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement for Texas public libraries. This funding enables libraries to share the diversity and breadth of literature with their entire communities. Funding comes from book sales at the Texas Book Festival and other generous donors. The 2020 application is now available, and the deadline is Monday, April 6.
Names in the News
Jack Alton Strawn, formerly of Sam Houston State University, and the TLA Librarian of the Year in 2007, passed away on Feb. 6, 2020.
TLA 2020 | March 24 - 27 | Houston
Evening with the Authors - Purchase Tickets by Feb. 29
Our celebrated Evening with the Authors welcomes authors Matt de la Peña, Rachel Heng, Gail Tsukiyama, DiAnn Mills, and Neal Shusterman. Join us Thursday, March 26 from 6 – 9 pm at the Houston Public Library Julia Ideson Building Reading Room for this special event. Purchase tickets by February 29.

Outstanding Author Events & More
March 6 th is the deadline to purchase tickets through preregistration for the following:
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award Author Session
  • Opening Author and Awards Session
  • Closing Author Session
  • Hetherington XXXIII Fun Run/Walk & Virtual Fun Run/Walk
  • 30th Anniversary Black Caucus Round Table Author Session
  • Holocaust Museum Houston Workshop and Tour
  • A Toast to Library Pioneer Elenora Alexander
  • Director’s Symposium: Creating a Culture of Inclusivity
  • Texas Woman’s University Library School Reception
  • University of North Texas Library School Alumni Dinner
  • University of Texas at Austin Reception
  • University of Houston--Clear Lake 2020 Student and Alumni Reception
Continuing Education
All webinars are FREE to TLA members. Visit the TLA Webinar  page for more information. (All times are Central Time.) For information about the AZ webinars, visit the A-Z training page .
February 19 12-12:30 pm

February 26 12 -12:30 pm

March 10          1 – 2 pm
April 23        1 – 2 pm
May 12       1 – 2 pm
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