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TLA Events & Meetings

TLA offers a diverse array of conferences, meetings, networking venues, and other continuing education opportunities. These offerings provide TLA members with an opportunity for professional development – often with CE credit – and give the public a chance to learn more about libraries, literature, and the latest in educational technology and practice.

TLA's yearly calendar includes:

  • Annual Conference - TLA proudly presents the largest statewide library conference in the country.
  • School Administrators' Conference - This mini-conference (Strong Libraries, Strong Scores) is designed specifically for school administrators.
  • Annual Assembly - A planning meeting for TLA officers. All meetings are open to TLA members.
  • District Meetings - TLA's 10 regionally-based units hold work sessions and programs in early fall.
  • Texas Book Festival - TLA has partnered with the Texas Book Festival since the inception of festival, and TLA promotes libraries during this fall event.
  • Legislative Day (on odd numbered years) - This advocacy day allows all library supporters a chance to speak out for Texas libraries.

Association and unit officers, committees, and task forces meet throughout the year to fulfill their specific missions.


Jamie Lee Curtis

Future TLA Annual Conference Dates

  • 2016 April 19-22 Houston (Tue-Fri)
  • 2017 April 19-22 San Antonio (Wed-Sat)
  • 2018 April 10-13 Dallas (Tue-Fri)
  • 2019 April 15-18 Austin (Mon-Thu)
  • 2020 March 25-28 Houston (Wed-Sat)

TLA Annual Assembly Dates

  • 2016  July 7-10; Austin (Thurs-Sun)
  • 2017  July 6-9; Austin (Thurs-Sun)



Freedom of Information Day: March 16: Observed on or near the birthday of James Madison, "Father of the Constitution" and advocate for openness in government.


  • El día de los niños/El día de los libros: April 30
  • National Library Week: First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week celebrates the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and promotes library use and support.
  • Poetry Month: Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month each April celebrates poetry and its vital place in American culture.
  • School Library Media Month


Children's Book Week: Celebrated countrywide since 1919 anywhere kids & books connect.


  • Library Card Sign-Up Month
  • Banned Books Week: Celebrates the Freedom to Read during the last week of September each year


  • Teen Read Week: Observed the third week of October.
  • Texas Book Festival: Usually held at the end of the month on the grounds of the Texas Capitol. Includes the release of the next Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List.
Created on Mar 3, 2010 | Last updated October 19, 2015