Share Summer Reading Challenges with your Library and Community

Summer challenge board

We know that with the current pandemic crisis, summer reading plans have been upended, altered, and in some cases canceled as a result of library closures. In response, we have created summer activity challenges that you can distribute to your communities and patrons. These challenges are meant to be completed by children and teens in their homes, with families and loved ones, to both combat summer slide and provide activity ideas for families.

The challenges are provided to you in both editable and PDF versions on a shared Google Drive. You can also access it on the Children and Youth Services page. We have assigned Creative Commons licenses to the challenges so that you can edit the resources to fit the needs of your library and community. To edit the editable version, open up the document you would like to edit, click on “File” and select “Make a Copy.” You can then edit your copy to better serve the needs of your community.

The activities included can be distributed digitally (on your website, via email or newsletters, or on social media). They can also be printed by your libraries and distributed in the mail, via community partners, or at your libraries (if you are physically open). If you do not have community partners with which you currently work, you may want to contact local grocery stores or even your local post office to see if they would be interested in assisting with distribution. Please note that these challenges were not designed to be used as Bingo games. Bingo is strictly regulated in Texas and requires obtaining a license from the Texas Lottery Commission. For information on the Bingo Enabling Act in Texas, please visit the Texas Lottery Commission‘s website at http://www.txbingo.org.

To learn more about these resources, please join us on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. for our webinar Looking to Summer: Resources for K-12 and Public Libraries. Please direct any questions about the challenges to Katherine Adelberg at kadelerg@tsl.texas.gov or Laura Tadena at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov.

Have a wonderful summer!

Upcoming Webinar – Looking to the Summer: Resources for K-12 and Public Libraries

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a multitude of challenges for libraries preparing for the summer. To address some of these challenges, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. titled “Looking to the Summer: Resources for K-12 and Public Libraries.”

You can register for this event here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6044545789066996240

During this online event, we will be providing an overview of TSLAC created resources for providing analog programming ideas to families, an update on Summer Reading materials from the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP) and hearing from our School Program Coordinator Liz Philippi on e-resources that could be valuable no matter what your library type. We will conclude with time for questions and discussion.

Join us!

Join our new newsletters and Facebook groups!

We have a few upcoming changes to how we communicate for several of our programs here at the Texas State Library, and we wanted to compile as much of the information into one location as soon as possible.

First, the difficult news: the system many of our listservs are run on is being retired, and we are looking for other ways to communicate with library staff in Texas. If they haven’t already, the listservs affected will be making an announcement to the lists regarding this change.

One of our new modes of communication will be the creation of Facebook groups, which we would like to specifically invite you to join.

  1. To join the Small Library Management (SLM) program Facebook group, sign into Facebook and search for the “Small Library Management Program (Texas)” group and request to join. You can also access by going here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/slmtx/. In this group, members will be able to get SLM news, ask their colleagues for professional insight, and network in a digital area.
  2. To join the You Can Do I.T. Facebook group, sign into Facebook and search for the You Can Do I.T. – Texas Public Library Technology” group and request to join. You can also access by going here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/txpubliclibrarytech/. This group was created in response to requests from public library staff about a private channel to communicate about technology questions while also networking with their colleagues statewide.

In addition, we have several new newsletters that we would like to invite you to subscribe to:

  1. To continue our popular Texas Libraries in the News weekly email, we will have a separate email list via Mailchimp. Sign up here if you would like to receive this weekly email: http://eepurl.com/cYqm_P
  2. The TX-YAC email list will also be retired on August 31st, and it will be replaced with an email newsletter. The new Texas Youth and Children’s Services Newsletter will be a way to provide you all with updates and announcements about training, grants, national initiatives related to youth services, etc. Sign up here to receive the newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cZmcqv. The first issue will be published in September. We will continue to maintain a separate Summer Reading Program newsletter devoted to news about summer reading deadlines and updates.
  3. A new email ILL Navigator list will be created on Mailchimp, please signup to subscribe new listserv here: http://eepurl.com/cY7hBb
  4. An email newsletter maintained by Henry Stokes, TSLAC’s State E-rate Coordinator, for news, tips, deadline reminders, and training opportunities regarding the federal E-rate program that provides up to 90% discounts on Internet costs for libraries. Subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/cYz6Rz

August 31 will be the last day these listservs will be active. If you do not wish to join either the Facebook groups or the Texas Libraries in the News email list, you may always email or call us with questions directly. And of course, our Library Developments blog will continue on!

Questions? Comments? Feel free to email us at ld@tsl.texas.gov.

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