TLA Conference Highlights

While you all were enjoying Spring Break 2.0 last week, I was busy attending the Texas Library Association conference in Houston. Luckily, the area was not flooded. I just had to hurdle a few puddles to get to the Convention Center. 🙂

I forgot to take a lot of pictures, but I did return with lots of great ideas on library programming and new books! You will find a lot of these new books in the Little Free Library in the 9th grade center! Also, stay tuned for some end of year book giveaways!

Here are some highlights from my conference:


The TASL Breakfast with Jeff Kinney and lots of my favorite KISD librarians! Photo credit to Marta Lopez from SLJH.




Jeff Kinney was such an entertaining speaker! Very funny guy!



I was awarded the Texas Association of School Librarians Media/Virtual Presence Award for the Tompkins Library! Such an incredible honor!



Kwame Alexander!! I’ve already started reading this book and it is just as beautiful as “The Crossover”!



Even though this book is not for our library, I couldn’t pass up a chance to see Mac Barnett! He is one of my absolute faves! He is so personable and funny!



I attended the Texas Tea at TLA and had the opportunity to chat with about 14 different authors, including Leah Thomas. Although I haven’t read her book, I’m already a fan. Game of Thrones fans stick together! (Notice the Brienne of Tarth figure on her table. It would look great next to my Jon Snow action figure that I have next to my school computer.)


FREE Audiobooks through SYNC!

Beginning May 5th, you can download FREE audiobooks to keep you entertained and informed throughout the summer.

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at