Library News
TLACast Newsletter
Volume 35 No. 1 | March 2016
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ALA Council Representatives from Texas

The following Texas librarians are running for American Library Association Council positions:
TY R. BURNS, OFFICERS/COUNCIL - COUNCILORS-AT-LARGE
ANNIE WU, OFFICERS/COUNCIL - COUNCILORS-AT-LARGE
OSCAR BAEZA, OFFICERS/COUNCIL - COUNCILORS-AT-LARGE JOSEPH EDWARD GOETZ, ACRL IS SECRETARY
JODY ELIZABETH BAILEY, ACRL ULS - VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT
ANNA SHPARBERG, ACRL WESS SECRETARY
MIRANDA HENRY BENNETT, ALCTS CMS - VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT
ANNE MITCHELL, ALCTS CRS - VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT SHELLEY ALMGREN, ALCTS CRS - MEMBER-AT-LARGE
SYLVIA M. VARDELL, ALSC. 2018 CALDECOTT COMMITTEE
DEBRA H. MARSHALL, ALSC. 2018 SIBERT COMMITTEE
VIKI ASH, ALSC. 2018 WILDER COMMITTEE
ANNE MOSLEY PIXEY LLAMA - PRESIDENT-ELECT
ADELLE HEDLESTON LLAMA - FRFDS CHAIR-ELECT
JEANNE R. STANDLEY LLAMA - MAES SECRETARY
WILLIAM H. WEARE, JR. LLAMA - SASS CHAIR-ELECT
JARED MICHAEL HOPPENFELD, RUSA - BRASS SECRETARY
KENNETH LOUIS CARRIVEAU, JR., RUSA - STARS SECRETARY
KIM HERRINGTON, YALSA - MARGARET A. EDWARDS COMMITTEE
RACHEL NICOLE ARIZAGA, FAFLRT - FEDERAL DIRECTOR
SHAWN VAILLANCOURT GLBTRT - SECRETARY
LAURA SARE, GODORT - SECRETARY
RORY JEAN ELLIOTT, GODORT - BYLAWS AND ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE
ELDON RAY JAMES, IFRT - DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE
LESLIE ALICE WAGNER, MAGIRT - VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT
LARA ELISABETH HARRISON, NMRT - MEMBER SERVICES
DIRECTOR ARIANA ELVA SANTIAGO, NMRT - OUTREACH
DIRECTOR DIANE ROBSON, GAMERT - MEMBER-AT-LARGE


Books for Dallas Babies

Dallas Public Library, Friends of the Dallas Public Library and Parkland Health & Hospital System launched Books for Dallas Babies, their first joint literacy initiative, on January 1, 2016. All mothers who give birth at Parkland Health & Hospital System will receive a copy of the book "Read to Me," written by Dr. Judi Moreillon, an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman's University. The book, written in English and Spanish, and English and Vietnamese, encourages mothers to read to their children from birth.

The partnership with Parkland is ideal, said Dallas Public Library director Jo Giudice, because more than 10,000 babies are born at Dallas County's public hospital every year, many of whom come from low-income households. “Studies have shown that children born in low-income households are less likely to be ready for kindergarten than children born in higher income households," said Giudice.

“We hope to change that in Dallas through this program." Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the nonprofit organization that raises funds for materials and improvements for the city's 29 libraries, spearheaded the project with Dallas Public Library and local children's book author Trish Holland. “We are providing families with their first free book and sharing that a lifetime of free books awaits them at their local public library," said Kate Park, executive director of Friends of the Dallas Public Library. Park and Holland's combined passion for early literacy helped secure support from The Boone Family Foundation and The Mike & Mary Terry Family Foundation to make Books for Dallas Babies a reality.

For Parkland, Books for Dallas Babies represents another powerful community partnership to reach out to the patients it serves. “Giving a precious book to a new mom with a new baby is a gift that keeps on giving by providing the possibility of a better life through literacy promotion," said Donna Persaud, MD, Chief of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Parkland's Community Medicine Division.

“I'm so excited the Dallas Public Library and Friends of the Dallas Public Library chose Parkland for this program. This is a great program to encourage parents to read to their babies. Reading to your baby has been shown to enhance language and speech development in children," said Jennifer Hill, RN, MHA, director of Parkland's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Friends of the Dallas Public Library will launch a second fundraising campaign this year.

Little Free Libraries

The Texas Center for the Book (under the Texas State Library and Archives Commission) has teamed with Little Free Library founder, Todd H. Bol, to travel across the Lone Star State March 2 - 15, distributing Little Free Libraries, leading volunteers in library building events, and fulfilling the national nonprofit organization's mission to promote a love of reading and bring communities together through free book exchanges.

The tour will include stops in Houston (March 2), San Antonio (March 6-7), Austin (March 10, 11, 12) and Plano (March 15). Between stops Todd will drop by established Little Free Libraries, visit with volunteer stewards who take care of the free book exchanges, and meet with other partners and organizations. For more information visit the Little Free Library Across America Texas Tour Page.

2016 IMLS National Medal Finalist: Dallas Public Library

Congratulations to the Dallas Public Library, a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Services honoree. Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) presents select museums and libraries with the nation's highest honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, recognizing outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach.

The winners are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.