How to Host a Successful Author Visit

Written by Jennifer Boren In late January, author Sarah Weeks braved the snow and arctic winds to visit students in Collierville Schools in Collierville, TN. Her book Save Me a Seat, a wonderful story about is nominated for this year's Volunteer State Book Award. Joe and Ravi, who may originate from different parts of the world but... Continue Reading →


Bringing Harry Potter to Your Library

Written by Julie Caudle Like many of you, I have a lot of huge Harry Potter fans at my school. I have wanted to do something in the library for those fans, especially since the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone occurred last fall.  In January, as I was... Continue Reading →

ALA Midwinter Review

Written by Jennifer Sharp Hi, TASL friends! I hope everyone is making it through the winter gray with your health and good spirits intact. I hope you find opportunities to “fill your bucket,” recharge when needed, and hold on for those April showers and May flowers that are right around the corner! In late January,... Continue Reading →

SEYA Promo

SEE YOU @ SE-YA! Written by Lindsey Kimery What happens when two Tennessee librarians travel to a book festival in another state? They start brainstorming and dreaming on the ride home about starting a teen book festival in Tennessee! The Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival (SE-YA) is in its fourth year and will be held... Continue Reading →

TASL Book Review Quarterly

Written by Jennifer Boren, Julie Caudle, Kathryn Derrick, Audree Keele, and Julie Dahlhauser We are ready to kick off 2019 with more great reviews. There is no better time to cuddle up under a warm blanket with a new book than the bleak and dreary days of January. TASLTalks publishes quarterly book reviews focussed on... Continue Reading →

Everyone Belongs @ Your Library

Written by Jennifer Boren In conjunction with AASL's School Library Month in April, TASL presents the 2019 Bookmark Contest! Each year, the contest supports the theme of AASL's School Library Month, and this year's theme is..."Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library". Current member libraries of TASL are eligible to enter the contest with a maximum of... Continue Reading →

Five Lessons from the Mountaintop

Written by Alice Faye Duncan Librarians and teachers make the best writers for young readers.  Why? We know the minds and emotions of students. We also know the gaps in the literature. If we dare to try our gifts, we can create mentor texts to fill these gaps.  Identifying gaps in the literature is how... Continue Reading →

FEATURE: TEL Adds Something New!

Written by: Andrea Zielke On October 1st, the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) added the full archive the Tennessean (1812 – 2002) as a resource available to all Tennesseans.  Previously, TEL only provided access full-text articles from the Tennessean back to 2002. With the addition of the historical Tennessean, Tennessee residents will be able to search and view news articles,... Continue Reading →

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