Rebuilding Texas Libraries, One Coloring Book at a Time

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For Immediate Release  
November 29, 2016

Austin, TX – The Texas Library Association (TLA) Coloring Book is the newest initiative and fundraiser designed to support TLA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The coloring book features artwork from nationally recognized illustrators Nick Bruel, Tomie dePaola, Denise Fleming, Sophie Blackall, Dan Santat, Judy Schachner, Rosemary Wells, Don Tate, among many others. The coloring book includes over 60 sketched canvasses in a one-of-a-kind package designed for adults and children.

The TLA Coloring Book, a two-volume shrink-wrapped set, is $20 (tax included); or purchase four sets at $80 and receive the fifth set free. Net proceeds benefit the TLA Disaster Relief Fund, which helps Texas libraries recover from disasters.

Floods, coastal storms, tornados, hail, fires, and explosions can all create a difficult financial situation for libraries with typically stretched budgets. As a place of refuge and access to resources, libraries already face a financial challenge when providing services to communities affected by large scale disasters. Through the Texas Library Disaster Relief Fund, restoration and recovery expenses can be partially offset and collections and services restored.

Following last year’s cataclysmic flood in the Texas Hill Country, the Wimberley Village Library offered valuable aid and expertise to citizens whose treasured family archives were damaged. “Our library received help from TLA’s Disaster Relief Fund in 2015 after devastating flooding hit Wimberley and surrounding areas on Memorial Day,” attests Wimberley Village Library Director Carolyn Manning. “The grant money we received was used to purchase supplies for cleaning and archiving photos survivors lost in the flood and to hire a photo restoration expert to give four classes on restoring damaged photos. As library director, I was comforted knowing that my state library association was there to help.”

An annual art raffle is the primary fundraiser for the endowment. Many of the artists represented in this coloring book are repeat donors, having previously contributed illustrations for the “Take a Chance on Art” drawing held at TLA’s Annual Conference each April. Visit the gallery to view the masterpieces featured in the raffles, beginning with Rosemary Wells in 1999.

TLA expresses deep gratitude to the following artists who generously contributed illustrations for the TLA Coloring Book.

Melissa Ann Baker
Winifred Barnum-Newman
Heidi Berthiaume
Sophie Blackall
Susan Branch
Lisa Powell Braun
Nick Bruel
Joe Cepeda
Betty Chapman
Sarah Cox
Bill Crawford
Christa Crawford
Bill DeOre
Tomie dePaola
Christopher Eliopoulos
Mary Ann Emerson
Denise Fleming
Brian Floca
Carolyn Dee Flores
Douglas Florian 
AG Ford
Laura Freeman-Hines
Shinji Fujioka
Charlotte Garrett
Xavier Garza
Tad Hills 
Molly Idle
CS Jennings
Pamela Johnson
Lita Judge
G. Brian Karas
Autumn Kinsey 
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Laura Logan 
Loren Long
Rafael López
Jeff Mack
Juana Martinez Neal
Steve McDonald
Wendell Minor
Roxie Munro
Lisa Nowlain
Jessica Palmer
John Parra
LeUyen Pham
Rylie Philpot
Ronel Pierre
Lizzy Rockwell 
Lynn Rowe Reed
Dan Santat
Judy Schachner
Maysa Sem
Diane Stanley
Elizabeth Rose Stanton
Mary Sullivan
Nicole Tadgell
Don Tate
Dan Thompson
Suzy Toronto
Evan Turk
Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Rosemary Wells 
Kate Wiant
Salina Yoon 
Toni Yuly 
Paul O. Zelinsky

Online orders are now available through the TLA Store.  For more information, please contact Tammy Rutledge at 512-328-1518 or email


About the Texas Library Association

TLA is the largest state library association in the country with approximately 7,000 members who work in public, school, academic, and special libraries and who support educational institutions. TLA offers a wide range of services, including advocacy, continuing education, research, and public relations. To learn more about TLA, visit TLA’s website or call 512-328-1518.


Created on Nov 29, 2016 | Last updated November 29, 2016