Heart of Texas Literature Center - Brownwood

   The Heart of Texas Literature Center in Brownwood describes itself as "The Heart of Texas Literature Center is a combination review/examination center.  Books sent by publishers are kept on display at the Center, and reviews are published in our quarterly journal, the Lorgnette. Our reviews can also be found on the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD).  Our facility is part of the Walker Memorial Library on the campus of Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas."
and "The Heart of Texas Literature Center is dedicated to making current children's and teenagers' literature available for public viewing and informing the public of the literature through providing evaluative reviews.  The current collection consists of books and book related media that are published and/or made available for sale for the first time in the United States during 2006.

Professionals read and evaluate books and write reviews.  We publish the reviews in our quarterly journal, the Lorgnette."


It's a remarkable endeavor.  They collect children and young adult books from across the nation and review dozens in each issue of their online Lorgnette periodical.  Their dozens of reviewers from the region are teachers, librarians, university professors, and the sort who've have genuine experience with the kids.  Carrie Harding is Director; Blanche Byrd is Assistant Director; Patsy Weeks is Director of Outreach; and Marsha Harper is editor of the Lorgnette.  Their interests are very wide, and there is some Texana in each issue.

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