TLACast Newsletter
Library News
August 2017
Volume. 36 No. 5
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Texas Gov. Abbott Officially Declares October 1-7, Power Up at Your Library Week

On July 21, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a certificate officially declaring October 1-7, 2017 as Power Up at Your Library Week (Power Up Week). As a part of Power Up Week all types of libraries statewide are invited to showcase innovation, creative programming, and dynamic leadership by organizing events geared to promote technology, innovation, creativity, and literacy in their respective communities.

A dedicated Ideas Shared webpage is available for event planning, and the 2017 Power Up Toolkit offers programming ideas encouraging libraries to partner with dignitaries, stakeholders, community members, staff, students, and networks to promote the power of libraries. Once an event has been established during October 1-7, librarians are encouraged to officially register and complete a short form about their Power Up Week events. For more information, visit

Draft ESSA State Plan Available for Public Comment

On July 31, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated state plan for Texas for public comment. The comment period runs through Tuesday, August 29, 2017, and comments can be submitted via email at Download the draft ESSA consolidated state plan for Texas

Highlights of the draft plan:
• Alignment of state and federal policies – specifically in the areas of accountability and school improvement.
• Maximizing flexibility afforded Texas school districts to provide services needed for students.
• Strengthening the state's commitment and support for our most vulnerable populations (including migrant, foster care, homeless, and economically disadvantaged students).
• Reinforcing the state's commitment to the 60x30 plan (developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) by aligning long-term academic goals to having 60 percent of students prepared to earn a certificate or degree by the year 2030.
TEA will submit the state plan to the U.S. Department of Education for final approval in September. For more information about ESSA implementation in Texas, visit the TEA ESSA webpage.

Members of the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL) - TLA Legislative Committee Joint Task Force on ESSA are reviewing the draft state plan to provide input on where and how effective school library programs can support the state's goals and objectives. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Woodland, TLA director of communications, via email or call 512.328.1518.

Public Libraries Apply for Media Literacy @ Your Library Pilot Program

The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, invites public libraries to apply for Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that will train library workers to help their adult patrons become better news consumers.

In this six-month learning and prototyping project, ALA and the Center for News Literacy will work with teams from five public libraries to adapt existing media literacy training materials to serve the needs of public librarians and the communities they serve. Read the guidelines for Media Literacy @ Your Library or apply online. Applications must be received by September 11, 2017.

Austin's New Central Library Grand Opening Scheduled

The grand opening for the new 200,000 square foot Central Library is scheduled for October 28. The new space includes a rooftop garden, cooking demonstration area, special events center, reading porches, and a gallery space featuring local and national artists. The library offers flexible and blended spaces, state-of-the-art technologies and collections displayed to encourage discovery.