TLACast Newsletter
Library News
October 2017
Volume. 36 No. 6
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25th Annual Letters About Literature: Read. Be Inspired. Write Back

Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature, a Library of Congress reading-writing contest for 4th – 12th grade students. The literary competition encourages students to write to an author (living or deceased) about how his or her book affected their lives.

“The Letters About Literature contest makes a lasting literary connection between an author's work and the lives of young readers" said Texas State Library and Archives Director and Librarian Mark Smith. “The contest bridges a direct partnership between students, librarians, educators and parents, and lays the foundation for a life-long love of reading."

State winners receive $100 and a trip to the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. National winners receive $1,000 and travel assistance to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

The entry deadline is January 8, 2018. Visit the Letters About Literature website for more information and to access the Letters About Literature Teaching Guide.

Are You Game for Libraries?

You are invited to participate in a survey about current or future video gaming programs at your library. This study is being conducted by two university professors and game researchers, Sandra Schamroth Abrams from St. John's University in New York and Richard Van Eck from the University of North Dakota. The purpose of the research project is to better understand the role of videogames in libraries, the value and challenges such programming brings, and the factors that influence adoption and implementation of videogame programming. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will help inform library science educators and librarians nationwide in regard to videogame programming.