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Celebrate Día in April

For more than 20 years El día de los niños, El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, has emphasized the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a national celebration of children, families, and reading that culminates each year on April 30. The initiative links children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:
March 2017
Volume. 36 No. 2
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George and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library Named 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Finalist

The George And Cynthia Woods Mitchell Library, Montgomery County Memorial Library System (The Woodlands) was selected for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal for Museum and Library Service is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library Services IMLS in recognition of exceptional service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

East Texas Library Receives Almost 1,000 Books in National Giveaway

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Tyler Public Library one of three recipients of its annual Great Books Giveaway. Each library will receive a share of more than $40,000 in books, audiobooks and other materials donated to YALSA from publishers and producers in 2016. Tyler Public Library received almost 1,000 books to add to its collection.

The Tyler Public Library serves a population of over 100,000 with a small young adult collection for students in grades 6 through 12 making it almost impossible to engage in outreach with the Tyler Independent School District (ISD)'s Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP) and Tyler ISD's Early College.

“This award will enlarge our young adult collection and allow us to fill the gaps for these students with materials to lend to each campus for an extended time while boosting our own small collection," said Linda Gray, youth services librarian.

Hondo Public Library Celebrates Grand Opening

On March 31, the Hondo Public Library will celebrate its next chapter with a Grand Opening showcasing the Senior Activity Center, John L. Santikos Imagination Station, Lottie Maw Children's Library, and James Barden Learning Center. VIP tours begin at 8:00 am, and the ribbon cutting is at 9:00 am.


  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.

  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child's home language and culture.

  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.

  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.