The Librarians

of Region 17

If You Like, Then You'll Love

Thinking of new recommendations? Let me hear about them!

Here are some new series updates for kids:

  • If you like the Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur series, the 11th installment, Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur vs. Manny Reyes, Kid Entrepreneur, is out now from Luke Sharpe.
  • If you like the Second Hand Heroes series, the follow up, In The Trenches, is out now from Justin LaRocca Hansen.
  • If you like the Tuesdays at the Castle series, the 5th installment, Saturdays at Sea, is out now.

Here are recommendations from Brittney Kosev:

  • If you like Matched or The Uglies, then you should read The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke.
  • If you like Tale of Desperaux, then you should read Lucky by Chris Hill.
  • If you like The Testing, then you should read Young Elites by Marie Lu.

Summer Professional Development for YOU!

TLA Slam

Friday, June 9th, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

In this session, librarians and media specialists who attended TLA will share what they learned. Come join us if you didn't get to attend, or attended but missed a session or two you'd like to hear about. AND . . . if you want to present on a topic for 15 or 30 or 45 minutes, email me at

Register here:


Thursday, June 15th, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

Experienced leaders of Makerspaces will share ideas, troubleshooting, and planning for teachers or librarians launching similar projects on their campuses. They will bring real experiences and examples to help guide your decision-making and project launch.

Register here:

Teaching Code with

Friday, June 16th, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

This course is flexible so educators can tailor the content to their class based on their students' developmental level and prior experience. The lessons align to CSTA Computer Science and ISTE standards and reinforce concepts and skills taught in other subject areas by integrating math, ELA, and science standards. Please bring a laptop. This workshop is fit for both Elementary and Secondary Teachers.

Register here:

Teaching Code with (Repeat Session)

Friday, June 30th, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

Kapco Book Repair

Thursday, July 13th, 9am-12pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

Kary Barth will be back, so be setting aside those books with spinal issues! Librarians, library aides, and paraprofessionals are welcome.

Register here:

Accommodate Special Pops with TexQuest featuring Britannica School

Monday, July 31st, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

TexQuest digital resources provide access to authoritative online content including articles, videos, images, and full-text nonfiction e-books, in English and Spanish. Join us for an informative and interactive sessions from Britannica School covering how these digital resources can be used to accommodate all students, including ELLs and special education students.

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Team Up with TexQuest

Tuesday, Aug. 8th, 9am-4pm

1111 West Loop 289

Lubbock, TX

Join us for an overview of the instructional materials available through TexQuest digital resources discover ways to integrate these into your curriculum. Invite a partner or an entire team, bring your TEKS, a lesson, or an idea, and leave with an activity, lesson, project, or teaching unit. (Paraprofessionals welcome as part of an instructional team).

  • Find instructional material to support your curriculum including articles from reference books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as images, videos, and full text, simultaneous access eBooks.
  • Support differentiation and accommodations with features including text to speech, translations, TEKS alignment, and Google functionality.
  • Explore authoritative, credible resources for student-centered investigation, exploration, and research.

Register here:

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Use Nepris for Mentors in Your School

We learned about Nepris, a site devoted to bringing the real world to your classroom through digital conferencing with professionals from the tech field and other professions.

TexQuest: K-12 resources from TexShare

With restored funding from the state legislature, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission re-established the statewide databases program for K-12 public school. There are sixteen databases/resources from Gale and two historic archives of primary source material from Adam Matthew Digital. Dstricts will be invoiced in September an annual participation fee in the amount of 25 cents per pupil, based on 2014 enrollment data provided by TEA.

Sign up now at the TexQuest website:

TexQuest Support is through ESC 20 and can be reached at or toll free (844) 719-1501.

TexQuest Resources:

My district signed up for TexQuest. Now what?

DIY Training

ESC 17 Librarian Steering Committee

I have enjoyed getting to hear ideas and feedback on what librarians and media specialists in this area need in terms of professional development. These ladies are dedicated to the work and will be guiding our plans for summer training to match your needs, especially with so many schools having "Flex Time" days. Thank you, ladies, for your service!

Current Members:

At-Large Member, Large School

Jenny Flores, Estacado High School, Lubbock ISD (Secondary Lead Librarian for LISD)

High School Member

Elizabeth Jackson, Seminole High School, Seminole ISD

At-Large, Small School

Stephanie Jones, District Librarian/Media Specialist, Slaton ISD

Middle School Member

Brittney Kosev, Honey & Rush Elementaries, Lubbock ISD (former MS Librarian)

Middle School Member

Kori McNeal, Cavazos Middle School, Lubbock ISD

Elementary Member

Denise Salmon, Crestview Elementary, Frenship ISD

High School Member

Kristi Starr, Coronado High School, Lubbock ISD

Elementary Member


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Questions About Destiny?

I wish I could help. Your best bet, however, is to contact Destiny. Call 888-511-5114 for support. Our regional Destiny representative for sales is Kelly Ferkel at, phone number 877-899-8550 Ext. 46271.

TREC: Providing Centralized School Library Automation System Services

If you are considering a new library automation system that is an economical alternative to a costly conversion, take a look at the ESC Technology Resources Education Consortium. For an annual membership fee, all the costs of installing and using a new library automation system are included. There are no servers, software, or tech support to purchase.

For more information, contact:

Debby Reiling Consultant for TREC at ESC Region XI or

What's your purpose?

Libraries are instruments for innovation, success, and self-fulfillment. Our purpose is simple but profoundly important to our state and country: help individuals and society advance.

Read more from the Texas Library Association, "A Pocket Guide to 21st Century Libraries".