Magazine article Texas Library Journal

2016 Open Libraries Open Opportunities

Magazine article Texas Library Journal

2016 Open Libraries Open Opportunities

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WHEN LIBRARIES THRIVE, COMMUNITIES THRIVE.

The Texas Library Association's Annual Conference will take place in

Houston, Texas, April 19-22, 2016 George R. Brown Convention Center

Over 7,000 librarians, educators, authors, vendors, industry exports, and administrators will be on hand to network, learn the latest, and stock up for the year ahead.

TLA 2016 will feature an impressive array of keynote speakers.

LeVar Burton, Emmy-award winner and host and executive producer of the PBS series Reading Rainbow, will deliver the opening General Session. (Burton replaces Evan Smith as speaker.) Known for his work in the landmark 1977 television production of Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation, Burton is also a committed reading and literacy enthusiast. In 2012 Burton launched RRKidz, a digital educational publishing company. Reading Rainbow was reimagined to combine today's forms of media and technology with the goal of inspiring a new generation of children to love reading. The all-new Reading Rainbow is a digital reading service filled with over 500 children's fiction and non-fiction books, newly produced video field trips, and new content added every week.

Al Roker, nationally-acclaimed figure who has earned 10 Emmy awards for his work on NBC's Today show. He is also a bestselling author with many acclaimed works. His first book, Don't Make Me Stop This Car: Adventures in Fatherhood, spent weeks at the top of the New York Times best-seller list. …

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