David G. Burnet, Sam Houston and Lorenzo de Zavala (TSLAC’s headquarters building namesake) each had a hand in creating the documents on display, which are being shown as part of the 175th anniversary celebration of Texas’ independence. They accompany existing displays illuminating aspects of Texas’ role in the Civil War, in recognition of the war’s 150th anniversary. One case contains the original Ordinance of Secession, adopted in 1861.
These artifacts may be seen weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Zavala building at 1201 Brazos St., along with a display highlighting TSLAC’s 54th annual Texas Reading Club program, which encourages students to maintain and improve their reading skills during summer vacations. The 2011 theme is “Dig Up a Good Book!” and features artwork created by Austin-based picture book author Keith Graves, winner of a 2011 E.B. White Award for his book, “Chicken Big.”
The 2011 Texas Reading Club officially kicked off Monday, May 23, with a performance by outgoing Texas State Musician Sara Hickman on the Texas State Capitol East lawn. Students from Dawson, St. Elmo’s and Zavala elementary schools sing along with Sara as she encourages them to “Dig Up a Good Book!” They returned to class with Graves posters from TSLAC and books donated by Bookspring, an Austin organization that promotes early literacy. Bookspring and Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas are co-sponsors of the event with TSLAC.
“We’re so pleased to be able to offer quality exhibits and programming to Texans of all ages,” says TSLAC Director and Librarian Peggy D. Rudd. “Texans are proud of their history, and we’re proud to share it. We’re also proud to promote reading among young Texans, and encourage them to become library users for life.”
Students may join the reading club or Texas Teens Read! club through their local libraries.