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Welcome to the TBP Youth Services page for patrons 0-18 and their adults! Here you will be able to sign up for our youth services newsletter, have easy access to BARD, see monthly reading lists, find archived newsletters, and see upcoming events.

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Book Club

2023 Youth Book Club Schedule

Book cover for Hello Universe by Erin Entrada KellyJune 20, 20203 (Tuesday) = Summer Reading Program Book Club (all youth participants)

5:00 - 5:45 p.m. on Zoom

HELLO, UNIVERSE by Erin Entrada Kelly
DB 88222, BR 22214

Length: 4 hours 56 minutes listening time. Newbery Medal. For grades 3-6.

Virgil feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia is deaf, smart, and loves everything about nature. Kaori is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so that he can concentrate on basketball. They aren't friends. But when Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well, Kaori, Gen, and Valencia begin a quest to find the missing Virgil.

Why we picked it:
Summer reading theme is friendship! Newbery Medal winner in 2018.

Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvc-GhqTwuG9ctNY3qR1ihWMiLlQEhWvZE


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Summer Reading Program

Our ALL AGES summer reading program is returning for its second year on June 5, 2023! This year’s theme is All Together Now and focuses on friendship, kindness, and unity.

Sign up will begin on April 1, 2023. The first 100 people who sign up with receive a summer reading goody bag!

The sign-up form and more information will come as we get closer, but you can always check our summer reading webpage for updates at tsl.texas.gov/tbp/summerreadingprogram.

From June 5 to August 11 you’ll get themed book lists and matching activities by age group, and can win a prize at the end of summer by reviewing books.

This year the National Library Service is also providing several virtual events including a kickoff party and live author talks!

We can’t wait for you to join us this summer!

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Monthly Youth Book Lists

May 2023
April 2023
March 2023
Febrauary 2023
January 2023
December 2022
November 2022
October 2022
September 2022

Other Youth Book Lists

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BARD Information

Need to get to the BARD website to download books? Go here: https://nlsbard.loc.gov/

Need to know how to navigate BARD? Learn how to use BARD.

Looking for the BARD mobile app?

    Apple App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bard-mobile/id705229586
    Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.loc.nls.dtb
    Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Library-of-Congress-BARD-Mobile/dp/B016760320

BARD Search Tips

BARD Magazine Search Tips

Need more BARD help? Contact us at  tbpBARD@tsl.texas.gov or call 1-800-252-9605.

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Other Places to Get Audio Books

To get recorded textbooks for school you can get a Learning Ally account for $12 per month-https://learningally.org/. Check with your school district to see if they have an account you can use for free!

Bookshare offers downloadable audiobooks for a fee, but is FREE for students with print disabilities. Check out more information here https://www.bookshare.org/cms/.

Houston Public Library “My Link” card: All Texas residents are eligible for a free My Link library card which gives you access to all of their digital content including audiobooks and ebooks.
Apply at https://houstonlibrary.org/manage-card and get instant access.

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Page last modified: May 24, 2023