Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Texas Library Association Conference: Books, Authors, and So Much More!

The Texas Library Association is the largest state library association in the US, with over 6,000 members. It was founded in 1902 to promote, support, and improve library services in Texas.

I went to the TLA Conference in Austin last week.

Here are some of my favorite parts.

There are oodles of wonderful sessions at the conference. My favorite was hearing Texas authors and illustrators speak about their forthcoming books.

There was a Relaxation Station at the conference, with stations for jigsaw puzzles, coloring, origami, and bookmarks. I relaxed and made this corner bunny bookmark.

I spent most of my time in the Exhibit Hall, browsing the new books and visiting with booksellers and authors.

There were lots of opportunities to get books signed. But, beware, as the lines were long. You have to think carefully about which books you are willing to wait for. The line for Laurie Halse Anderson, for example, was huge. Most of the books, however, are free.

There is nothing like finding and obtaining a wonderful book at the conference that you can't wait to read. On the left is librarian Barbie Love, delighted in finding the latest book in Anne Bishop's World of the Others series. On the right is a group of happy students from a local school who were bussed to the event and were given autographed copies of the latest in the Beatrice Zinker series.

The best thing about the TLA conference is talking books with booksellers, librarians, authors, and fellow readers. I loved meeting all the wonderful authors, and I was happy to bring home over a hundred books from the conference.

Here's a little collage of some of the authors I met this year. I promise to post a little more about them later.

Here is a little collage of some of the books I took home.

I wanted to share more about the books I brought home, so I made this one-minute video of some of my favorites.

Can you tell that I had a marvelous time?

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  1. I love to read also but find I'm transitioning to preferring my Kindle over hard copies.
    Thanks for linking up at

    1. It has surprised me how much I'm using my Kindle now that I'm retired.

  2. What a great event! I want to go to a Relaxation Station.

  3. Very fun, Deb! I've only been to the state and national teachers of English conferences for something along these lines, and it's so much fun. How wonderful that you got to get Shout signed by LHA.

  4. I'll bet you had a great time! Enjoy Nanaville. I'm almost finished with it and think it's one you're going to enjoy!

    1. I read the first chapter while I was at the conference and I fell in love with it.

  5. Wow, great good time! Happy WW. My best regards from Romania!

  6. Very interesting place you have here! :) I will follow you and link your blog in my blogroll :)

  7. I love libraries, thanks for sharing those photos. I really love my Ft. Worth library system, tell them I said 'Bravo!' next time you see them.

  8. I love books and reading... looks like paradise!

  9. I wonder if my friend went to this . She is a texas author. Have a great week.

  10. I only went to the California Library meeting one time, but it was so much fun! I never thought about going once I wasn't a librarian, but what a great idea. Any excuse to talk books.

  11. I heard a lot about TLA while it was going on. Seems like a fantastic event!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  12. What a terrific event! Nothing is more fun than spending a day with people who share your interests. I love that children were included and given books.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
    Sandy @ Writing With a Texas Twang

  13. Wow, that looks like so much fun!! I love hanging out with other book lovers :) Going to Booktopia, a weekend book event next weekend, and I can't wait!

    So glad you enjoyed your conference - and I love your adorable bunny bookmark!


    Book By Book


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