Volume 39 No. 1 | January 2020
Welcome New TLA Executive Director
Shirley Robinson, CAE, joined the TLA team as the new executive director on January 9 and we are excited to have her on board! Over the next few weeks, Shirley will be traveling around the state to meet members and learn about the Texas library community. These Meet & Greets are informal, come-and-go events but RSVPs are requested. We hope to plan more, schedules permitting! She will also attend ALA Midwinter at the end of January, and of course, be at TLA 2020, where there will be more opportunities to connect.
District 9
February 3 | 2–4pm
Lubbock Public Library  RSVP
District 4
February 6 | 3–5pm
McAllen Public Library   RSVP
District 5 and District 7
February 12 | 3:30–5:30pm
North Richland Hills Library   RSVP
District 6
February 14 | 3-5pm
University of Texas at El Paso    RSVP
2020 Reading Lists Announced
Thousands of books have been read, discussed, and debated by TLA’s Reading List Committees, and many of the eagerly anticipated lists have been released, including: Lariat, Little Maverick, Lone Star, Maverick, TAYSHAS, Texas Bluebonnet Award, Texas Topaz, and Spirit of Texas. The Tejas Star list will be released January 27 and the 2x2 list the first week of February. A huge THANK YOU to all of the dedicated committee members for sharing their time and expertise!  TLA Reading Lists
TLA Member Eddy Smith Appointed to Governor’s Broadband Council
Eddy Smith, director of the Abilene Library Consortium, has been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the newly formed Governor’s Broadband Development Council. For the past decade, Smith has worked with libraries and other institutions across the region to help them achieve their technology and service goals to ensure they thrive into the future. We are grateful he will be at the table representing the library community.
Money Smart Week Kids Read Program Coming to Texas
The Money Smart Week Kids Read program, a partnership between ALA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) is targeted to kids aged 5 to 8. The adult-led, group-read program introduces financial concepts of money and money management. Each child receives a free book and free parent reading guide.
This year the Money Smart Week Kids Read program is coming to Texas. Through generous sponsorship funds provided by the Texas College Savings Plan and Ally Financial, 3,120 free books and parent guides are available to be used in Texas at Money Smart Week Kids Read events during Money Smart Week April 4-11, 2020. The deadline to order the free books is February 15. Learn more & register
Award, Scholarship & Grant Deadlines Fast Approaching
The deadlines to apply for many TLA and Unit scholarships, stipends and grants, and to nominate outstanding individuals for awards are fast approaching – several are the last two weeks of January, and others are early February. Don’t miss out!
Extended! TALL Texans 2020 Applications Due February 7
The deadline to apply for the TALL Texans Leadership Development Institute has been extended to Friday, February 7. For help with the application, view this webcast. Questions? Contact Ted Wanner at TLA.

Renew Today and Tell a Friend! Don't forget to renew your membership and remind your colleagues to do so as well. And if your co-workers are not members yet, it's a great time to join! Renewals will be good through December 31, 2020. Renew or join here.
TLA 2020 | March 24 - 27 | Houston
Don't Miss Your Favorite Authors!
Friday, March 6 is the deadline to purchase tickets for some of TLA's outstanding author sessions. The 30th Anniversary Black Caucus session with author Pat Tucker; the Opening Author session with Marisa de los Santos and Magda Newman; Texas Bluebonnet Award luncheon where the 2020 winner will be announced; and the Closing Author session with Carlos Hernandez, Skip Hollandsworth and Carole Weatherford are sure to sell out, so get your tickets now!

February 29 is the deadline to purchase tickets for Evening with the Authors which welcomes Matt de la Peña, Rachel Heng, Gail Tsukiyama, DiAnn Mills, and Neal Shusterman.

If you've already registered for TLA 2020, you can add ticketed events to your registration. Not registered? What are you waiting for?
Volunteer at TLA 2020
Are you available to help the 2020 Local Arrangements Committee at TLA 2020? We welcome all folks, 18 years or older, whether you are new or returning, professional, paraprofessional, or other library enthusiast. Volunteers should be willing to volunteer for a minimum of 2 consecutive hours. While librarians must be registered for the conference, paraprofessionals and support staff who are not registered will receive a complimentary exhibits-only pass with four hours of volunteer service.
Dynamic Duos: Bert and Ernie. Mary and Rhoda. Teacher and Librarian!
Connect with your teachers and impact their instruction by inviting them to join you at Teacher Day @ TLA! For $180, attendees will receive full conference registration, attendance at a special invitation-only breakfast, focused activities on Thursday, March 26, and a one-year membership to TLA. Sponsoring librarians also receive an invitation to the breakfast on Thursday, March 26, featuring award-winning children’s author Pam Muñoz Ryan! Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen your partnership with a teacher. Spots are still available, but the application deadline is Friday, January 31.
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 .
January 22          12 – 12:30 pm
January 29          12 – 12:30 pm
February 7         2:30 – 3 pm
February 11       1 – 2 pm
Names in the News

Jeffry Archer will join Baylor University as Dean of University Libraries, effective June 1, 2020. He is currently Associate Dean of User Services at McGill University in Montreal.

Dan Burgard was promoted to University Librarian & Vice Provost for Scholarly Information Management at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Kathy Freiheit has retired as Director of Rowlett Library.

Lisa German, currently Dean of Libraries at the University of Houston, has been named University Librarian and Dean of Libraries at the University of Minnesota Libraries, effective February 28.

Tracie D. Hall will become the American Library Association's new Executive Director on February 24, 2020.

Crosby Kemper III , former Director of the Kansas City Public Library (MO), was confirmed by the Senate to be Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a term of four years.

Stacy McKenzie is the new Director of the Lubbock Public Library.

Susie Pulley , Director of the Van Zandt County Library, passed away in January.
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