Texas Summer Reading Program

Welcome to the new Texas Summer Reading Program for 2013 and beyond!

The New Program and the CSLP

In order to continue to provide cost-effective summer reading programs, the State Library has joined with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) on behalf of libraries throughout Texas.  The CSLP consists of a grassroots consortium of all 50 states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults.  The State Library has had requests for an adult summer reading program in the past, so working with CSLP will be bonus for those libraries wanting to expand to reach the entire family as the program includes not only children's and teen elements, but also an early literacy component and an adult program.

The 2013 program consist of an "underground" theme including:

  • Dig Into Reading (Children's and Early Literacy)
  • Beneath the Surface (Teen)
  • Groundbreaking Reads (Adult)

The State Library provides a basic starter kit of materials including a DVD format program manual, clip art, and a themed CSLP catalog to each of Texas' participating public libraries.  Financial support is also available to libraries in order to purchase a limited number of bookmarks, posters, certificates, and reading logs.


Keeping in Touch

Want to receive updates on the Texas Summer Reading Program and the new statewide membership in CSLP?  Join the State Library's summer reading email newsletter here.

Webinars and Training

Missed a Webinar about the Summer Reading Program?  No worries, they are available for you to view for free from our archived webinars page:

2013 - Digging Into the New Texas Summer Reading Program (originally held November 7, 2012)

2013 - Dig Into Reading:  The 2013 Texas Summer Reading Children's and Early Literacy Programs (originally held January 22, 2013)

2013 - Beneath the Surface:  The 2013 Texas Summer Reading Teen and Adult Programs (originally held January 29, 2013)

YouTube Video Highlights

To spark your imagination, presenter Kim Lehman shows off some highlight activities, songs, and crafts from the 2013 Children's and Early Literacy manuals.  Click here to select and view the brief  video clips.

Past Themes - The Texas Reading Club


Slideshow that shows poster images from 1968 to 2008. Examples of titles inlcude Be a Readasaures, Jungle Journey, Come to Chimera, Sports Splash, Space Capers, and Magical Mysteries

The Texas Reading Club was designed to encourage youth to read for pleasure, retain learning gained during the school year and to promote the role of public and school libraries in early literacy, K-12 and beyond.  Each year, a theme was chosen and a programming manual was created by Texas librarians to aid in planning and educational programming.  TSLAC also provided posters, reading logs, bookmarks, and certificates to support the program.  Historical Texas Reading Club information is archived here:

TRC 2012 - Get a Clue...at Your Library
TRC 2011 - Dig up a Good book!
TRC 2010 - Catch the Reading Express!
TRC 2009 - Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!
TRC 2008 - Texas Reading Club Jubilee: 1958 – 2008!
TRC 2007 - Sail Away With Books
TRC 2006 - Reading: The Sport of Champions!
TRC 2005 - Go Wild...Read!
TRC 2004 - Color Your World...Read!
TRC 2003 - Mission Possible: Spy a Book!
TRC 2002 - Read Across Texas!
TRC 2001 - To the Library and Beyond!
TRC 2000 - Invent the Future! Read!

Related Resources

Texas Reading Club Themes and Artists 1958-2012

Texas Teens Read!

Digame un Cuento/Tell Me a Story: Bilingual Library Programs for Children and Families - a compilation of the Bilingual Programs Chapters from the 2001 and 2002 Texas Reading Clubs.


For more information, please contact ld@tsl.texas.gov.

Page last modified: September 18, 2013