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Donalyn Miller is Coming Back to Region 13!

Did you miss Donalyn Miller’s keynote session at this August’s Library & Literacy Summit?  Or maybe you were so inspired by  Donalyn’s wisdom regarding developing voracious readers in our classrooms that wish you could hear more.  You are in luck!  Donalyn Miller is making a repeat appearance at Region 13 as part of our Literacy […]

Sign Up for State Funded Databases

TexQuest is the newly restored state funded database program for K-12 public schools and open enrollment charter schools. Districts may begin the sign up process via the TexQuest website at texquest.net.  As you sign up, please keep the following points in mind: TexQuest registration will be done at the district level, not at the campus […]

Summer Learning for Librarians

Region 13 is offering some professional learning opportunities this summer that may be of interest to area librarians.  While some of these workshops are library specific, others are applicable to any educator looking for new ideas to enhance professional growth.  Click on the workshop titles for more information about each course. June Digital Writing Institute […]

LLS Session Proposal Deadline Extended

We have extended the deadline for session proposals for the 2014 Library & Literacy Summit.  Knowing that the 2014 TLA Conference is approaching soon, we would like to allow more time for librarians to attend the TLA annual conference and be inspired.  Take good notes, make amazing connections, then consider sharing sharing your inspiration and […]

MS Students Brought “A” Game to the Battle of the Books

On a beautiful Friday morning in late February, 6 teams of middle school students from the Region 13 area arrived at the service center ready for a battle…. an academic battle, that is.  Student teams from Austin Discovery School, Canyon Middle School, Church Hill Middle School, Harmony School of Science Austin, Mountain Valley Middle School, […]

Developing Life-long Readers

In this video Donalyn Miller talks about how her curiosity about what leads to the development of life-long reading habits evolved into her most recent book Reading in the Wild.     She also contributed her thoughts on the subject of developing life-long readers in this first of a 5 part series on the topic […]

State Funded Databases Return for K-12 Public Schools

As you are working on your library budget for the 2014-2015 school year, be aware that the state will (once again) be subsidizing electronic resources for K-12 public schools.  The exact databases will be announced in April, and the resources will become available to schools beginning in June 2014. In order to participate schools must […]

Picture Books in Secondary Libraries

A recent blog post by Shannon Miller got me thinking (again) about the value of picture books for all ages of students.  We tend to think of picture books, or “Everybody” books, as literature to support early and emerging readers.  We may be missing an opportunity to support the literacy development of older students, too, if […]

LLS Presenters Wanted!

We are looking for inspiring and innovative educators to present 50 minute sessions at the 2014 Region 13 Library & Literacy Summit on August 11, 2014. We welcome ideas related to best practices in the world of ELAR, Library Media Services, Technology Integration and the connections that naturally exist between these disciplines and other core […]

Nightingale’s Nest Release Party

                          Local Austin author Nikki Loftin’s second book, Nightingale’s Nest, will release this February, and she is celebrating with a release party.  Make plans to bring the kids and join Nikki at Book People on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm for […]