It is with great pleasure that the Texas State Library and Archives Commission presents the second annual Texas Teens Read! This program fulfills a need that has been long recognized: To support Texas libraries in encouraging teens to visit the library, read, and attend enjoyable programs during the summer months. The report, Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes About Libraries in the 21st Century, identified providing a safe and engaging space for teens as a vital community need that libraries can address while simultaneously positioning themselves as funding priorities for elected officials.1 Texas Teens Read! is designed to help Texas libraries meet that challenge.
A unique theme that appeals to teens is selected annually for Texas Teens Read! The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will provide a programming manual and artwork to support each theme, free of charge to participating Texas libraries. The artwork will include posters, certificates, bookmarks, and clip art created by award-winning illustrators of young adult literature. The programming manual will feature eight programs that will bring teens into the library for summer fun while providing experiences that help build positive developmental assets.
The Young Adult Round Table (YART) Texas Teens Read! Advisory Committee (TTRAC) advises TSLAC in the development of the Texas Teens Read! by proposing annual themes, nominating artists to create artwork, and co-sponsoring programs about the manual and artwork at annual Texas Library Association conferences. The Texas Teens Read! Advisory Committee selected the theme Time Twistin’ TTR.09 for the 2009 Texas Teens Read! Several members of the TTRAC wrote exciting programs for the manual which include a fantasy festival, role-playing games, altered books, art and writing contests, zine-making, manga, and more.
I am delighted that Emily Fiegenschuh, illustrator for many titles from Wizards of the Coast created the stunning artwork for Time Twistin’ TTR.09. You may read about Ms. Fiegenschuh and the authors in the About the Artist section of this manual.
I would like to express my gratitude to Peggy Rudd, Texas State Librarian, and to Deborah Littrell, Library Development Division Director, for supporting Texas Teens Read! as an ongoing program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. My thanks also go to YART Chairs Susi Grissom, Jeana Actkinson, and Joanna Nigrelli, and the Texas Teens Read! Advisory Committee who contributed so much to developing this program, especially Deban Becker, Monique Franklin, and Natasha Benway who wrote the programs for the manual. I am very grateful to Emily Fiegenschuh for preparing artwork that so perfectly captures the theme. I would also like to thank the staff at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, especially Michael Shea and Suzanne Holmann, for bringing their talent and skills to program. And finally, my enormous gratitude goes to the librarians in public and school libraries who are partners with the Texas State Library in providing Texas Teens Read! to teens throughout Texas.
Christine McNew, editor
Christine McNew is the Youth Services Consultant for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the Manager of Texas Teens Read!
1 Americans for Libraries Council. Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public and Leadership Attitudes About Libraries in the 21st Century prepared by Public Agenda. Conducted and funded support from the and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.