Young Adult Round Table

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The Young Adult Round Table's purpose is to promote and improve library services for young adults in Texas. 

The purpose will be achieved specifically in the following manner:

• To provide for and to stimulate the professional and the career development of personnel in public and school libraries;

• To facilitate effective cooperation among library personnel in public and school libraries;

• To identify, develop, and maintain library services that will meet the informational, cultural, educational, and recreational needs of young adults of Texas;

• To work cooperatively with other round tables, interest groups, or divisions that have similar or allied interests



The Center for the Book seeks to stimulate public interest in books, reading, literacy and libraries. The Center builds partnerships with library professionals, educators, authors, publishers and booksellers who provide support to our shared mission of promoting a love of literature throughout the Lone Star State.

One of 50 state centers affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Texas Center for the Book is under the direction of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission at the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin, Texas.


Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter Letters About Literature each year. If you are in grades 4-12, you are eligible to enter the Letters About Literature reading and writing contest. Here are the Rules and Guidelines (PDF), a Teaching Guide (PDF), and FAQs. The Letters About Literature Teaching Guide provides activities teachers can use to guide their students through the book discussion and letter-writing process. Also included are worksheets for duplication and assessment checklists. For more information, go to our Letters About Literature page.

The deadline for the 2015 - 2016 submission of entries has passed. We are in the final stages of judging Keep checking the Library of Congress Letters About Literature website for the 2016 - 2017 entry dates.




The Young Adult Round Table sponsors the Texas Lone Star Reading List, the Tayshas High School Reading List, the Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List, and the Young Adult Reading Incentives Award. The Young Adult Round Table also co-sponsors TT4L (Texas Teens for Libraries) and the YART-Linworth Publishing/LMC TLA Conference Stipend. The Texas Library Association sponsors reading lists solely to encourage free voluntary reading.

Membership in the Young Adult Round Table will include any individual, institution, commercial business, or affiliate who is a member of TLA and who elects to be a member of YART upon payment of the membership fee as provided by the TLA Bylaws.

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Created on Mar 29, 2010 | Last updated July 22, 2016