This manual is created for the 2007 Texas Reading Club, a program of the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The theme is “Sail Away with Books!” in English and “¡Navega lejos con libros!” in Spanish, and invites children to explore oceans, lakes, boats, voyages, water sports, pirates, and many related topics.
The 2007 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/2007/manual/index.html. Children’s book illustrator, Diane Stanley, created the artwork for the 2007 Texas Reading Club. Lucas Miller created an original theme song. Youth librarians from cities large and small throughout Texas wrote the chapters for the 2007 manual. The CD-ROM and the online manual include the exquisite artwork by Diane Stanley and a musical recording of the rousing theme song by Lucas Miller. Please read about Diane Stanley, Lucas Miller, 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 2007 Texas Reading Club manual, including:
- A Celebrations Programs Chapter with ideas to begin and end Texas Reading Club festivities.
- A section that features puppet plays, reader’s theater scripts, and creative drama.
- A Bilingual Programs Chapter with programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and families.
- Chapters with programming ideas for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school children.
- A chapter with ideas for programming for young adults.
The chapters contain many craft ideas and as you explore them, you will find many exciting ideas for planning and hosting an enjoyable and successful 2007 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 Charlotte Craig, Marilyn Johnson, Julie Hughes, Shawn Clements, Stacey Malek, Hai Nguyen, and Kelli Hansen for their dedication to bringing the Texas Reading Club to children throughout our great State, and a special thank you 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