TASL Book Chat

Written by Jennifer Boren and Julie Dahlhauser It may be the end of the school year, but this is the perfect time to start thinking ahead. What books do you want to share with your students and teachers next year? Read on to get some great ideas on how to use these books in your library... Continue Reading →


The Secrets on Your Shelves

TASL is proud to welcome New York Times bestselling author, Tennessean, and guest blogger, Natalie Lloyd. Her book, A Snicker of Magic was nominated for the 2016-2017 Volunteer State Book Award and her book The Key to Extraordinary was a 2017-2018 VSBA Finalist. Written by Natalie Lloyd Even though I eagerly attended library every week in elementary... Continue Reading →

TLA 2019 Conference Overview

Written by Blake Hopper I recently attended my first Tennessee Library Association (TLA) conference with Jennifer Sharp.  The theme this year was "Opening Hearts, Doors, and Minds", and I left the conference asking myself why I had not attended before?  It was a great time to connect with other librarians and learn about all the... Continue Reading →


Compiled by Julie Caudle For School Library Month, TASL featured school libraries from across the state to take over the TASL Instagram account!  School librarians from all grade levels from around Tennessee posted pictures and shared what fabulous happenings are going on in their libraries.  If you don't have an Instagram account, or missed these... Continue Reading →

It’s Time to Cast Your Ballots!

Written by Scot Smith How do you create excitement for reading in your school? You give them an amazing list of books and challenge them to read at least three of them! If your students have not voted for their favorite Volunteer State Book Award Nominee, now is the time to get their vote in.... Continue Reading →

TASL Bookmark Contest Winners Announced

Written by Lindsey Kimery This spring, over 270 students from across Tennessee submitted an original design for the annual bookmark contest, sponsored by the Tennessee Association of School Librarians. The theme of this year’s contest was “Everyone Belongs at Your School Library.” Student entries were judged by illustrator Kris Sexton in the categories of creativity, execution... Continue Reading →

Tennessee Legislative Day 2019

Written by Lindsey Kimery When it comes to school libraries, advocacy at every level matters. Sharing the impact and importance of our libraries is vital to the continuation of our profession and to the level of support we receive for our programs and resources. We have to make time to advocate in our schools, communities,... Continue Reading →

TASL Award Applications Now Open

Written by Louanne Nicely The TASL awards season is here once again! It is time to recognize the outstanding work that occurs throughout the year in our libraries across the state.  Do you know a librarian, administrator, collaborating teacher, or deserving Library Media Specialist student who deserves recognition? If so, it is now time to... Continue Reading →

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