Magazine article Texas Library Journal

TLA Road Trips: Part I: The Rio Grande Valley

Magazine article Texas Library Journal

TLA Road Trips: Part I: The Rio Grande Valley

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What do UFOs, book battles, and technology in the classroom have in common?

Rio Grande Valley librarians that's what! TLA staff is taking to the highways, byways, and airways to take in the richness of the Texas library community. We want to visit all types of libraries, hear from librarians and library staff members, and learn about the challenges, successes, and opportunities in the library community.

Earlier this month, I visited the Rio Grande Valley, including Harlingen, McAllen, Edinburg, and Brownsville. I heard from librarians across the region about collaboration, the importance of TLA in bringing together librarians, the challenges of recruiting for open positions, the collective need for more local CE opportunities, and much more.

Librarians shared the many diverse programs and services they are providing the public. From Edinburg's exciting (and extremely popular) UFO conference and Brownsville PL's dynamic library remodel to Battle of Book for students and Harlingen ISD's dynamic training for school librarians, Rio Grande libraries offer an oasis of learning, opportunity, literacy, and FUN! …

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