This manual is created for the 2006 Texas Reading Club, a program of the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The theme is “Reading: The Sport of Champions!” in English and “¡La lectura: el deporte de campeones!” in Spanish, and invites children to explore sports and games, athletics, athletes, and sports legends.
The 2006 Texas Reading Club manual is available on CD-Rom and online at the Texas State Library web site, www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/projects/trc/2006/. Children’s book illustrator, Frank Remkiewicz, created the artwork for the 2006 Texas Reading Club. Sara Hickman created an original theme song. Youth librarians from cities large and small throughout Texas wrote the chapters for the 2006 manual. The CD-Rom and the online manual include the artwork by Frank Remkiewicz and a musical recording of the original theme song by Sara Hickman. Please read about Frank Remkiewicz, Sara Hickman, and the librarians who wrote manual chapters in the “Something about the Artist” and the “Something About the Authors and Songwriters” sections of this manual.
There are many exciting elements in the 2006 Texas Reading Club manual, including:
- A chapter featuring puppet plays, reader’s theater scripts, and creative drama.
- A Bilingual Programs Chapter with programs for toddlers and preschoolers.
- A Celebrations Programs Chapter with ideas to begin and end Texas Reading Club festivities.
- Chapers with programming ideas for toddlers and preschoolers.
- A chapter with ideas for programming for young adults.
If you explore this manual thoroughly, you will find many exciting ideas for planning and hosting an enjoyable and successful 2006 Texas Reading Club.
Please also note the information concerning public performance of music and film in library programs and the summary of the research on the importance of summer reading that are included in the introduction.
I would like to express my gratitude to the artist, the authors, and to the wonderful staff at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, especially Sandi Jowers, Marilyn Johnson, Julie Hughes, Shawn Clements, and Hai Nguyen for their dedication to bringing the Texas Reading Club to children throughout our great State. Thank you also to the librarians who bring this program alive by offering it to children throughout Texas each year.
Youth Services Consultant
Texas State Library and Archives Commission