Penny Payte McLeiash Library

February 2015 New BOOKS

New Resources

We have received two shipment of new nonfiction and fiction titles.

Bring your students to the library to view and check out new books!

History of the Tayshas List

The original idea for what would develop into the Tayshas Reading list came from Dallas area librarians, Gracelyn Shea, YART Chair, and Monta Skaggs, YART Chair-Elect. They knew they wanted a high school reading list for the State of Texas and they knew just the man to get the job done. In 1996, they approached San Antonio librarian, Jack Alton Strawn and asked him to bring their idea to life. Mr. Strawn was given just a couple of months to create the program, develop guidelines, design a logo, name the program, and find committee members. In fact, he was even given the daunting task of selecting the first list by himself so it would be ready to feature at that year’s conference. The Tayshas Reading List was developed to motivate young adults, grades 9-12, to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of young adult readers throughout Texas.


New nonfiction titles include biographies, health science information, and controversial topics. There is something for everyone at the library.
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Lonestar List 2015

Following the success of the Bluebonnet program for third through sixth grades, the Young Adult Round Table decided to investigate the creation of a state-wide reading incentive program for middle schools. Several Texas school districts already created programs for their middle schools, most notably Spring ISD’s Jackrabbit Award. YART chair Sandra Bull appointed Dr. Lesta Burt, a professor at Sam Houston State University, to chair the Ad Hoc Young Adult Reading Incentive Committee that would create a pilot middle school reading program. The committee chose to create a recommended reading list rather than an award. The first Lone Star list was presented at the 1990 Annual Conference. The pilot was considered a great success and was accepted by the TLA Executive Board as a standing committee in 1992. The distinctive Lone Star logo, consisting of a book and a star overlaying a Texas shaped flag, was created through a competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. 1462 entries were received. Justin Macha, a seventh grader at George Junior High School in Lamar Consolidated School District, created the winning logo. Scholastic Books gave Justin a $500 savings bond and Econoclad Books presented framed copies of the logo to Justin and to the TLA headquarters.

New Reading Area

Come check out the new Maker Space area in progress. Students and staff can enjoy a comfortable seat and a good book!
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