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Fall 2021-Library In-Service For Region 17 Librarians

Candy Freiheit and Coye Duncan of Opal Booz & Associates wish to invite Librarians of Region 17 to take part in a number of activities specially created for librarians:

  • Book Talks (Fiction and Nonfiction)
  • The Newest, Latest, and Greatest publications for Fall 2021
  • Networking and brainstorming with colleagues

Enjoy Speaker Presentations:

  • "Share Your Library Magic"......Laurie Bruns at Frenship.
  • "Bluebonnet Awards, Getting Great Books to Readers"......Christi Hinson and Darby Pilgrim.
  • "Large Print Books and Why"......Candy Freiheit & Coye Duncan

October 14, 2021

Click Here to Register

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

Check it Out! TexQuest News Smore

If you are looking for a little more news on what TexQuest is doing, follow this link to the TexQuest News Smore. Check out the many topics from TexQuest: What's New, Resources Available, Pre-Made Bookmarks, Flyers, Presentations and More, Training Opportunities, and much, much more.

Click Here to Access the TexQuest News Smore.

Summer Updates in Texquest:

EBSCO District Password Change
  • Effective 7/15/21: All district EBSCO passwords ending in a number and symbol will have the number and symbol changed.
  • TexQuest Navigator Password will not change.
  • You may receive a password expiration/reset email from EBSCO in June - PLEASE DISREGARD. EBSCO will update all participating TexQuest districts' passwords between July 1-15.
Gale- Gale in Context: Elementary eBooks

  • Effective 4/30/21: available K-5 eBooks from Gale will be accessible within Gale in Context: Elementary
  • If your district has purchased K-5 Gale ebook titles, they will automatically appear in Gale in Context Elementary. If it has not, no ebooks will appear.
Updating District Contacts:

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.

ABDO: Instant Access to Distance Learning

Digital products are available for free now through June 2020.

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:

High School Member

Elizabeth Jackson, Seminole High School, Seminole ISD

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

Brenda Cunningham, Lubbock Cooper Middle School


Middle School Member

Stacey Allen, Seminole Jr. High

School Member

Melanie Ragland, Lockney 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.