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Summer Reading Club Resources

Public libraries in Texas are autonomous and under no obligation either to offer Summer Reading Programs or to use any particular theme. As part of the 50-state Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is able to help interested Texas public libraries provide cost-effective summer reading programs. Working with CSLP via TSLAC helps public libraries reach the entire family since the program includes not only children's and teen elements, but also an early literacy component and an adult program.

While not all public libraries in the nation will choose to use the CSLP themes each year, those which do will use an "underground" theme in 2013, including:

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


     2014 - "science" theme

  • Fizz, Boom, Read! (Children's and Early Literacy)
  • Spark a Reaction (Teen)
  • Literary Elements (Adult)
     2015 - "Heroes, Superheroes & Villains" theme

Library Presentations Network Special Interest Group, TLA & NTRLS Other Organizations Discussion Lists
  • Webjunction Programming Discussion
    Discussions concerning programming for the general patron community
  • Webjunction Populations Served Discussion
    Discussions concerning programming for a particular patron type such as children, teens, business, Spanish speakers, etc.; broken down by individual type
  • PubLib
    Issues relating to public librarianship (began Dec. 1992); search for “programming”
  • Public Libraries, Young Adults and Children (PUBYAC)
    For children and young adult services in public libraries focusing on programming ideas, outreach and literacy programs for children and caregivers, censorship and policy issues, collection development, administrative considerations, puppetry, job openings, professional development and other pertinent services and issues.
Electronic Resources
  • Webjunction Programming Resources
    Programming for the general patron community: articles, links, handouts, worksheets and audio or video files
  • Webjunction Populations Served
    Programming specific to a particular patron type such as children, teens, business or Spanish speakers: articles, links, handouts, worksheets and audio or video files
  • PPO Post
    Blog for the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office
  • Youtube videos
    Search: presentations; presentation skills; power point; toastmasters; storytelling; storyteller; hand shadows; shadow puppetry; puppetry; rod puppets; marionette; children songs;
  • Smithsonian Education
Presentations and Program Development
  • BiFolkal Productions, Inc.
    “Your source for program materials for remembering” Theme kits for older-adult or intergenerational programming; feature DVDs, CDs, narration recordings, sing-along sets; song booklets; song recordings, props and other materials
  • American Library Association’s Public Programs Office
    " Linking libraries, communities and culture"
  •’s Family Crafts
    Browsable by age, holiday/event, topic or theme, material used or type. Includes coloring pages, recipes, product reviews, glossary of craft terms, more
  • KidsClick.Org
    Web search for kids by librarians
  • Adopt a Bunny
    Online version of the read-aloud program initiated by Rosemary Wells
  • Digame un Cuento/Tell Me a Story
    Bilingual Library Programs for Children and Families Compilation of the Bilingual Programs Chapters from To the Library and Beyond! 2001 Texas Reading Club Manual and Read Across Texas! 2002 Texas Reading Club Manual
  • El día de los niños / El día de los libros
    Celebration of childhood and bilingual literacy: activities, bookmarks, lists of resources and original audio files of popular childrens' songs in Spanish
  • No Limits: READ! Young Adult Reading Club and Programming Manual
    Provides strategies for developing young adult collections, outlines a reading club designed specifically for young adults, suggests promotional ideas for the young adult reading club and young adult programming in general, and provides age-appropriate ideas for both formal and passive programming
  • Science Extravaganzas! Librarian-Tested, Librarian Approved
    TSLAC manual providing ideas for science programming; written by Janice VanCleave
  • Texas Forums
    Network of individuals and organizations that use dialogue and deliberation - often referred to as “deliberative forums” - to help people address challenging issues and find new ways to work on those issues together; offers training on organizing and moderating deliberative forums, discussion guides, and free workshops in communities and over the Internet
  • National Issues Forums
    Nonpartisan nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. It is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk — to deliberate about common problems; that democracy requires an ongoing deliberative public dialogue. Forums focus on an issue such as health care, immigration, Social Security, or ethnic and racial tensions and provide a way for people of diverse views and experiences to seek a shared understanding of the problem and to search for common ground for action. Forums are led by trained, neutral moderators and use an issue discussion guide that frames the issue by presenting the overall problem and then three or four broad approaches to the problem. Forum participants work through the issue by considering each approach; examining what appeals to them or concerns them, and also what the costs, consequences, and trade offs may be that would be incurred in following that approach.
  • Great Decisions
    Centerpiece of the longest-running civic education program in the U.S. devoted to foreign affairs; empowers readers to discuss global issues shaping U.S. foreign policy and the world. A briefing book, published annually by the Foreign Policy Association, provides impartial, thought-provoking analyses on eight issues of concern to U.S. policymakers today and includes historical background, current U.S. policy and alternative policy options, informative maps and detailed graphs, suggested readings and resources, as well as opinion ballots for each topic. Opinion ballots are tabulated and the results presented in the National Opinion Ballot Report, a representative survey of readers' views on the topics. The Report is made available to members of Congress, the White House, the media and concerned citizens.
Children's Programming Teen Programming Adult Programming Presenters for Hire
  • NTRLS Directory of Library Program Presenters
  • CTLS Performer and Speaker List
  • NETLS Performers and Programs List
  • AALS Children's Entertainers List
  • STLS Presenters for Outreach 2008-2009 List
  • The Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration Fort Worth
    ICFW offers a year-long program, which coordinates and partially funds the educational outreach programs for arts and cultural institutions in our area. The programs are offered at no cost to students or teachers. All Tarrant County schools – public and private – are invited to participate.
  • Big Thought
    Partners with community agencies including school districts, library systems, child care centers, recreation centers and juvenile detention facilities to deliver programs that inspire and empower children, from preschoolers to teens, and help them become successful and productive adults; also supports the adults who guide the children, including teachers, parents, caregivers, librarians and mentors.
  • Young Audiences of North Texas (a program of Big Thought)
    Life-development programming for children; includes curriculum-integrated workshops, performances, artist residencies and master classes delivered to classrooms, libraries & other venues
  • DFW International Community Alliance
    Portal to international North Texas, a region in which 40% of the residents are New Americans of first or second generation; network of over 1,600 internationally-focused organizations in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex; site includes list of global artists and classes and of global organizations participating in the DFW International Community Alliance
  • Texas Commission on the Arts
    Roster of touring artists, which includes artists’ contact information; grants; much more
  • Humanities Texas speakers directory
    Scholars and experts prepared to provide public presentations on a wide range of humanities subjects. Several speakers offer "how-to" presentations for communities interested in conducting oral histories or developing local exhibits; mini-grants available
  • Humanities Texas traveling exhibits Over 50 exhibits on a variety of topics ranging from the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and Martin Luther King Jr. to the Great Bronze Age of China and the Dust Bowl; includes publicity materials, programming ideas and other useful materials
  • Humanities Interactive
    Offers virtual versions of our traveling exhibits and includes essays, interactive games, and other learning activities for general browsers, students and teachers
Articles and Podcasts Publications
  • Chase’s Calendar of Events 2009 (book + CD Rom)
    Annually updated and published; comprehensive and authoritative reference on special events, worldwide holidays and festivals, civic observances, historic anniversaries, famous birthdays, etc. (ISBN 0071599541 / 9780071599542)
  • The Teacher’s Calendar School Year 2008-2009
    By the editors of Chase’s Calendar (ISBN 0071547738 / 9780071547734) Paperback, 304 pages, 10th edition;

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