Novel Thoughts for the Librarians

Summer 2022

TCEA - Librarian Conference

Calling all librarians! TCEA’s first annual Librarian Conference will kick off this summer, and we want YOU to be a part of it. Three days of virtual learning exclusively catered to all things library? Yes, please.

If you’re interested in topics like the latest research on reading, organization and time management tools, promoting your library, and curation tools and tips, this summer camp is perfect for you. Join your fellow librarians and media specialists for TCEA’s very first summer librarian event and grow your network, knowledge, and library.

Click Here for the Schedule of Sessions

Regular Registration: $119

Time: 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. CST

CPEs: 12 credits earned

TCEA Membership: Free, one-year auto-renewing membership included

On-Demand Access: 30-days included (through July 31, 2022)

June 28-30, 2022

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Book Repair for Librarians

Every librarian knows that book repair is part of the job. Not every librarian has had the chance to learn from four practicing librarians. Join Anna Long, Darby Pilgrim, Tinese Ammons, and Laurie Bruns (all from Frenship ISD) as they take you through the skills of repairing pages, spines, and covers. They will also teach you how to cover paperbacks and create dust jackets.

Participants are encouraged to bring a well-loved book or two to practice with. Each participant will receive a Collection Care Book Repair kit to work with and practice during the workshop.

July 25, 2022

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Summer TexQuest Sessions

Gale Content Control Webinar

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) works with its vendors to continuously improve the electronic resources offered through TexQuest and the tools to implement and customize those resources. Currently, districts may curate TexQuest e-resources at the resource level and determine what resources will be offered. There is no requirement that districts must make every TexQuest resource available to every student. Now, districts may further curate Gale resources to meet local needs as detailed in their local collection development policies and processes.

TexQuest has scheduled a webinar to be held on May 18 from 1-2 pm (CST) so that you can become familiar with Gale’s content control tools. For this initial webinar, we ask that you send only one librarian who will be responsible for curation at the district level.

Registration information:

When: May 18, 2022 01:00 PM Central Time

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

CODING IN THE K-5 CLASSROOM has developed a curriculum for educators to help teach even the youngest students to explore the limitless world of computing — at no cost for schools. CS Fundamentals (Intro) blends online, self-guided and self-paced tutorials with "unplugged" activities that require no computer at all. This workshop is designed for educators interested in teaching K-5 CS education.

June 6, 2022

*Click on both links to register:

Where can you go for a little help in TexQuest? Click on the links below for support.

Check it Out! Blackout Bingo!

From Frenship ISD's Laurie Davis! Thank you, Laurie!

Blackout Bingo is a great way to engage your students (and teachers) in some fun reading. The Bingo Card is a great way to have some friendly classroom to classroom competition. No classrooms right now? No problem. You can easily adapt this to single student play.

Click on the link to the right to access the document.

Lubbock ISD Librarians hope you find this website helpful as you seek suggestions for what to read next. You'll find free resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, lists from the Texas Library Association, suggestions from LISD librarians, book talk videos from LISD Librarians, and book trailers all designed to help you find your next great book!

Check it Out! Connecting with Books: by Dawn Smith

Looking for a way to help teachers and students connect with books? Dawn Smith, of Frenship ISD, has shared a PowerPoint that does just that!

Whether Book Talks are live, over a PowerPoint, or on Social Media, don't stop promoting reading!

Connecting with Books~ Dawn Smith: Frenship High School

Click on this link to view the Slide Show.

TexQuest: Digital Resources

NEW! special offer to new TexQuest subscribers. Just go to sign up tab and complete the form. TexQuest will process form, send you your credentials for immediate access and will bill districts next September

Check it out! Instruct with

TeachingBooks' Instruct menu is a great resource to share with classroom teachers. Literacy Connections, Standards Connections, Ready-to-Use Activities, Special Collections, and Book-of-the-Day.

Sign in to your account and see how this resource helps instruction!

Texas Library Association

Buyers Guide, Publications, Reading Lists, Library News and More!

Region 17 ESC Library Steering Committee

I am blessed to work with such wonderfully brilliant people that keep this project rolling!

I'd like to publicly thank the Region 17 ESC Library Steering Committee:

At-Large, Small School

Stephanie Jones, District Librarian/Media Specialist, Slaton ISD


High School Member

Kristi Starr, Coronado High School, Lubbock ISD


Middle School Member

Stacey Allen, Seminole Jr. High

School Member

Melanie Ragland, Seminole ISD

School Member

Lacy Sage, Roosevelt ISD

School Member

Lauri Bruns (Davis), Frenship ISD

Interested in Serving on the Library Steering Committee?

If you would like to have a voice on what trainings, resources, and the direction we are heading, email me to talk about serving on the Steering Committee.

Region 17 Education Service Center

Check it out: Do you have a question? Want to share an idea? Just looking to bounce some ideas off of someone? Email, tweet, or call.