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Power Up Week | October 1-7

Power Up at Your Library Week (Power Up Week), October 1-7, is a time to celebrate libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Each day during the week, TLA will be supporting local efforts with social media giveaways and videos featuring various libraries around Texas. Choose one or choose all. Customize your participation to fit your library. All types of libraries – academic, public, school, and special – can participate. Register and share your plans with us here.

Celebrations during Power Up at Your Library Week include:
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The Eyes of Texas are Upon Libraries!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) invites you to share your thoughts and suggestions for the future of the agency and information services in Texas. TSLAC is scheduled for legislative Sunset Review, a statutorily-required examination of an agency, its functions, and rationale for continuation, in 2019. As part of that process they are seeking input from stakeholders. Please complete this online survey and make your voice part of the process to shape library services.

Four Texas Public Libraries Selected as NASA@ My Library Partners

Seventy-five public libraries across the country were selected to receive resources, training, and support through NASA@ My Library, a STEM education initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons.

Congratulations to the Texas public libraries - City of Laredo Public Libraries, Harris County Public Library, Tom Green County Library System, and Wichita Falls Public Library who were selected through a competitive application process from a pool of more than 500 applicants to participate in the 18-month project, with an opportunity to extend for an additional two-year period.

The project is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science and the Education Development Center. Support comes from NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

Rio Grande Valley Libraries Receive 3D Printers

The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library in Edinburg, Texas, along with seven other public libraries from Hidalgo and Star Counties each received a 3D printer to provide patrons with printing services. The printers were acquired through a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and Central Texas Library System Inc.

Pre-game Sunday | October 1
A day for libraries and librarians to share photos or posts about how they are preparing for Power Up Week. Pre-game checklist: schedule social media dispatches, temporarily change Facebook profile photo and Twitter avatars, use the #poweredlibraries hashtag.

Advocacy Monday | October 2
A day for stakeholders, administration, and dignitaries to demonstrate support toward libraries and librarians – e.g. regional and local proclamations, school and campus announcements, posters, etc. Powered Libraries will release an advocacy video spotlight.

Tinkering Tuesday | October 3
A day highlighting technology, tinkering, and maker spaces – whether it's robotics, 3D printing, computers, laptops, or mobile devices. Powered Libraries will release a video spotlighting technology.

Web Widget Wednesday | October 4
A day featuring all things web related (virtual scavenger hunts, escape rooms, surveys, eBooks, audiobooks via Overdrive, databases, Zinio books & magazines, etc.) in the library. Powered Libraries will release a new video.

Powerful Partnership Thursday | October 5
A day celebrating partnerships with organizations, associations, groups, cultures, and storytellers in our community (e.g. authors, Veterans' groups, dance troops, architecture groups, scientists, heritage and multicultural organizations, literacy organizations). Powered Libraries will release a video spotlighting a Powerful Partner in the Texas community.

Innovative Impact Friday | October 6
A day demonstrating how libraries impact communities (campus, city, neighborhood, school, town) through both subtle and dynamic strategies. (E.g. Bookmobiles, homeless outreach, working with underserved populations, improving literacy, book displays on campus and in schools, etc.) Powered Libraries will release a video spotlighting innovation in the library.

Offline Saturday | October 7
A day showcasing creative programming that doesn't require much (any) electricity or technology. (E.g. reading to therapy dogs, building with Legos or blocks, bicycle-powered libraries, teaching a dance class, second language lessons, hosting a string quartet/piano/acoustic musicians, etc.)