Theme Songs

Celebrate!

(The recording of this song features Joe McDermott with the help of Sara Hickman, Lucas Miller, Sue Young, Laura Freeman and Beth Blackerby on violin. Click here to listen “Celebrate.”)

¡Estamos celebrandos cinquinta veranos de divertiendos en la biblioteca!


We’re celebrating 50 years of summer fun at the library!

Come on out and celebrate at a party right down the street.


Get a book with your library card and you’ll be in for a treat.

Fifty years of summer fun. Reading books is how it’s done.


Celebrate. Celebrate. Time to celebrate the summer and 50 years.


Celebrate. Celebrate. Time to celebrate the summer and 50 years of reading.

Oh. Ok. So it’s a party? And at the library?


What could be better?


Reading and a party mushed together.


It’s like every kid’s dream come true.


I’m so happy!

Raise your arms and clap your hands.


Move up and down with the beat. Move up and down!


Show the world how fun it can be.


See how many books you can read.

Fifty years of summer fun. Reading books is how it’s done.


Celebrate. Celebrate. Time to celebrate the summer and 50 years.


Celebrate. Celebrate. Time to celebrate the summer and 50 years of reading.

Hey what are you reading?


It’s a book about turtles.


Wow. That looks like a great book!


Can I check it out when you’re done? Yeah!


I love summer! I love summer!

¡Que viva la biblioteca!


Yehah! The library!

Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.


Celebrate. Celebrate the summer and 50 years.


Celebrate. Celebrate. Time to celebrate the summer and 50 years.


Celebrate. Celebrate. Time to celebrate the summer and 50 years of reading.


Celebrate. Celebrate. Time to celebrate the summer and 50 years.


Celebrate. Celebrate. Time to celebrate the summer and 50 years of reading.

The library! Woo hoo! At my library.


We’re going to the library, going to the library!

Appropriate Use of the Theme Song


"Celebrate!" by Joe McDermott

The theme song "Celebrate!," by Joe McDermott, may be used by Texas librarians to promote the 2008 Texas Reading Club, Texas libraries, and reading. Librarians may play or perform the song on public library premises in the State of Texas, and in Texas schools and child care centers for the purpose of promoting the Texas Reading Club, and at any free outreach program. Texas librarians who play the audiorecording or perform the song must provide credit to Joe McDermott to all audiences.

The song may be used only for non-profit purposes. Libraries may not reproduce the sound file for distribution or sale. To use the song for broadcast purposes with PSA's, commercials, etc., permission must be obtained from the Performing Vendor. Please contact Joe McDermott at joe@joemcdermottmusic.com or 1-512-339-9528 to request permission.

The song may be uploaded onto individual library websites, provided that the following statement is included.

"Words and Music by Joe McDermott, © 2007. For more information on Joe McDermott and his library/school programs, contact Louise McDermott at 1-512-339-9528."

For more information, please contact Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, at christine.mcnew@tsl.texas.gov.

Instructions for downloading the song

  1. Left click on the link to "Listen to the Song".
  2. Highlight "Save Target As" (in Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As" (in Firefox).
  3. Select a folder to save the song in. It will save as an MP3 file.
  4. Click on the file and it will open and play.

Texas Jubilee!

(Sing this piggyback theme song to the tune “Camptown Races” by Stephen Collins Foster, 1850. If you need the tune, it is on-line at the NIEHS Kids Pages at www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/lyrics/camptown.htm.)

Texas readers, sing this song, Texas! Texas!


Read together, ride along! Texas Jubilee!

Chorus (sing after each verse)


Goin’ to read all night! Goin’ to read all day!


Check out books at the library, best place in the USA!

Read and ride across the state! Texas! Texas!


Texas critters celebrate! Texas Jubilee!

Coyotes howling, read a book. Texas! Texas!


Rattlers pause to take a look. Texas Jubilee!

Houston, Dallas, San Angelo, Texas! Texas!


San Antone; the Alamo. Texas Jubilee!

Bluebonnet’s cheer as we ride by, Texas! Texas!


Longhorns greet us eye to eye. Texas Jubilee!

Saddle up, read across the state! Texas! Texas!


Reading as we Celebrate! Texas Jubilee!

Texas kids join in the fun! Texas! Texas!


Texas Readers are Number 1! Texas Jubilee!



Texas Reading Club 2008 Programming Manual / Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958-2008! / Texas Celebrates 50 Years of Reading


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

Page last modified: June 14, 2011