This manual is created to assist librarians in planning the Texas Reading Club 2011, a program sponsored by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in partnership with libraries throughout Texas. The program is designed for children from birth through elementary school and their families. The 2011 theme is "Dig Up a Good Book!" in English and "¡Excave un libro bueno!" in Spanish.
Award-winning children's book illustrator, Keith Graves, a Texan, created the exciting artwork for the Texas Reading Club 2011. Texas Singer/Songwriter Sue Young created the original theme song. Texas librarians from cities large and small wrote the chapters filled with wonderful programs for children of all ages and their families. Please read about the artist, songwriters, and the librarians who wrote manual chapters in the "About the Artist" and the "About the Authors and Songwriters" sections of this manual. It has been a pleasure working with all of them!
I would like to thank Dawn Vogler, Manager of Continuing Education at TSLAC, for her ongoing support of Texas Teens Read!, and the staff at the Texas State Library who produce the online manual and coordinate the reproduction and distribution of the artwork, especially Michael Shea, JoAnn Estrada, and Jaime Reyes.
I would also like to express my gratitude to the artist, authors, and songwriters who created the outstanding Texas Reading Club 2011. I extend my greatest thanks 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
Christine McNew is the Youth Services Consultant for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Manager of the Texas Reading Club.