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Church & Synagogue Library Association
Houston Area Chapter
2016-2017 Calendar

Fall Meeting
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016
2:30 to 4:30 pm
Parkgate Community Church
3715 Preston Ave.
Pasadena, Texas 77024
Hostess: Judy Stevenson

Spring Workshop
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Clear Lake United Methodist Church
16335 El Camino Real
Houston, TX 77062
Hosts: Betty & Dick Burghduff

2017 National Conference
Our 50th Anniversary!

July 16-18, 2017
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotels Rochester
1111 Jefferson Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623

Our History

Jane Hope receives recognition from CSLA President Marcia Trauernicht

The Houston Area Chapter (HAC) of the Church & Synagogue Library Association (CSLA) was recognized during the 2015 national convention for its 30th anniversary.

CSLC-HAC was organized on February 9, 1985 at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church. Our purpose was to band together church and synagogue librarians to share and promote librarianship within a 100-mile radius of Houston. Ruth Smith and Ruth Sawyer of the national organization presented the first program to 51 local librarians. By June of 1985, the constitution and bylaws of the new chapter were approved, and 64 librarians were recognized as charter members.

In July of 1993, our chapter hosted the 26th National Conference. The "CSLA Round-Up, Texas Style" was very successful. In 2010, we hosted the 43rd National Conference, with the theme "Hats Off to Congregational Libraries."

Our chapter has continued to be a source of inspiration to local librarians and to play a leading role in CSLA endeavors. We have several national award-winning librarians and libraries among our ranks. Check out our new page featuring libraries from our chapter!

We usually meet two times a year, and we encourage you to visit us at one of our meetings or contact us if you are interested in starting or growing a library in your congregation!

If you do not live in the greater Houston area, we can help you find the CSLA chapter nearest to you.


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Last update: September 22, 2016