It is a great pleasure to present this 2010 Texas Teens Read! manual, based on the theme, Within Arms Reach: The Future is Yours! The manual features eight programs written by Texas librarians that are designed to bring teens to the library for summer fun and provide experiences that build positive developmental assets.
The manual also features artwork , including posters, certificates, bookmarks, and clip art, created by illustrator, Angela Martini. You may read about Ms. Martini in the About the Artist section of this manual.
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. My greatest thanks go to YART Chairs past and present, and especially to the Texas Teens Read! Advisory Committee members who contributed so much to developing this program. Several members of the TTRAC wrote the eight outstanding programs for the manual about anime, arts and crafts, dance, poetry, music, and more, and I extend my highest gratitude to them. You may read about the authors in the About the Authors section of this manual.
I would like to express my gratitude to Dawn Vogler, Manager of Continuing Education at TSLAC, for her support of Texas Teens Read!, and to the staff at the TSLAC who produce the online manual and coordinate the reproduction and distribution of the artwork: Michael Shea, Jaime Reyes, Pat Carlson, and Suzanne Holman.
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!