This manual is created for the 2003 Texas Reading Club, a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The theme, “Mission Possible: Spy a Book!” invites children to explore history, cultures, adventures, spies, secret codes, mysteries, and partnerships through the portal of books and their local libraries.

In the 2003 manual, Texas children’s librarians have written individual chapters in their areas of interest and expertise. These most talented and enthusiastic librarians contributed a vast array of suggestions for wonderful age-appropriate programs. Please read about the authors in the section of this manual entitled, “About the Authors.”

Recordings of the theme songs by Joe McDermott and Sally Meyers will be included in addition to the information in the print manual.

There are many exciting elements in the 2003 Texas Reading Club manual including:

  • A chapter featuring puppet plays, stories, and reader’s theater scripts.
  • A Bilingual Programs chapter with programs for children of various ages.
  • A Celebrations chapter with suggestions for kick-off and end- of-summer celebrations.
  • A suggestion in the for a separate Young Adult reading club based on the theme, “Operation Top Secret!”

If you explore this manual thoroughly, you will find many exciting ideas for planning and hosting an enjoyable and successful 2003 Texas Reading Club.

I would like to express my gratitude to all of the authors who contributed their ideas to this manual, Belinda Boon for proof-reading this manual, to Shawn Clements for the beautiful formatting, to Myra Arredondo and Paolo Ferate-Soto for proofreading the bilingual chapter written by Rose Treviño, to all of the authors for contributing outstanding and original ideas, to Steven P. Treviño for the craft patterns and illustrations, to G. Brian Karas for his delightful clip art, and especially to the many children’s librarians who host this program year after year.

Christine E. McNew

Youth Services Consultant

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

September, 2002


Texas Reading Club 2003 Programming Manual / Mission Possible Spy Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

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