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Suggested steps for Read Across Texas: Know your Neighbor

Plan out your program: Talk with others in your library or organization about participation ideas (book, timeline for implementation, etc.). What book(s) do you want to select? What kind of program or discussion do you want to convene?

Find a community partner: Might there be a non-profit or organization in your community that would connect with the book you choose? Could their mission align with the conversation you hope to have? You do not have to have a partner but doing so creates the opportunity for future dialogue and community impact.

Collaborate with your partner to solidify program: Are you going to have a book discussion? Show a movie and then have a talk? It’s up to you.

After the program: Organizations are encouraged to collaborate with partners and offer related civic and community engagement opportunities after scheduled programming. We hope the experience provides you with a means to connect with local allies to help cultivate communities of compassion.

Apply for books: If you need books, we have funding to supply a limited number of books to libraries statewide (while supplies last).  You should receive your books two to three weeks after being accepted for the grant.

Register on our website: Let your community and the state know you will be participating in Read Across Texas. See who else is involved and find ideas for participating. 

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Page last modified: March 11, 2021