Summer: More Time to Read!

Amazing Summer Reading Resources Below

Let's Ask Kids Why They Should Read in the Summer!

Why Should Kids Read in the Summer? Caraway Summer Reading 2015

Keep reading to Avoid SUMMER SLIDE!

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Infographic courtesy of the Big Universe

Summer Storytime in the Park!

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This summer I am planning a once-a-month storytime in the Oak View Park with picture books appropriate for babies/toddlers and up.

We'll meet near the city park playground area, find a shady spot, and read together!

Thursdays 6/18 and 7/16

Please know that I lead an open storytime. This means that I do not expect children to sit quietly for thirty minutes. Come and go, stand or sit, walk around or lie down - I'll just keep on trucking!

I originally had this idea a few years ago because while my children LOVE books, they are terrible, awful, no-good quiet-storytime listeners. I often felt like it wasn't worth it to attend a library or bookstore storytime when my children would call out or walk away and I would leave with my hair standing on end. THIS IS NOT THAT KIND OF STORYTIME!

It will be a casual, fun setting - feel free to stay and play and make new friends (adults and kids!).

School-age siblings and kiddos are of course welcome, I'm just basing my book choices on younger groups. Feel free to invite neighbors or friends, there is no requirement that kids are current or future Caraway students!

UPDATE 6/16: We are a go rain or shine UNLESS we are under a severe thunderstorm or tornado WARNING. I know my kids need a break from the indoors. If it's raining we'll meet in the gazebo.

Caraway Library is hosting a summer Instagram page where will will be spotlighting the Caraway community reading! You may see a teacher reading, you may see a fellow student, or you may see a mystery reader hidden behind a book!

We are hoping that this will be a fun way to share Caraway's reading love with the world as well as a way to get ideas for great new books to read.

We would love to post your reading picture!


Please text or email your picture to

Please include your student's name and 14-15 teacher for verification purposes (I want to make sure we only post the Caraway family) but remember no names will EVER be posted on Instagram.

I would also love to know the title of the book you are reading if the cover is not visible!

I hope you will join us!

Online Resources Available to You All Summer

Round Rock ISD, Caraway PTA, and the Caraway Library have made many great resources available to you and your families over the summer.

From digital audiobooks and ebooks to online encyclopedias to amazing streaming video, you can access all of the following from home this summer!

Passwords to these paid services can not be published online but check your email for a fresh copy of the password information. This information can also be found in the student directory.

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The program Caraway Library will be using for ebooks and digital audiobooks is called MackinVIA. All students will have access to the books the library has purchased from any computer or device (with browser or app abilities) with an internet connection. They may choose from both ebooks AND audiobooks across the levels.

The Basics:



Free app: MackinVIA

(Android App | iTunes App | Kindle Fire App | Nook Tablet App | Windows Desktop App | Mac Desktop App)

Password information can not be posted online - check your email or your student's end-of-the-year materials for fresh password information.

Beyond the Basics:

At this link you can find student guides and training videos to peruse at your convenience. Alternatively, you can set your student loose and they’ll be ready to teach YOU in no time! : )

One important note: If you are using a device for MackinVIA I suggest immediately clicking the “download” button after any material checkout. This will allow your student to read and listen to electronic materials even without an internet connection. There is also a new capability to access media without an internet connection on devices with data plans. Materials can be found within the book or audiobook section of your device once they have been downloaded. They will go away after the checkout period expires. Easy-peasy!

I hope you will enjoy accessing these materials with your students any time from this point forward as we continue to expand our selection in the future.

Special thanks goes out to those of you making purchases at the Book Fair and to The Market 360 Group for their generous donation from food sales at the fall carnival. These two places were the sole sources of funding for all of our awesome electronic resources.


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Creative Reading Spot Contest

This summer, think about unusual, creative, and interesting places where you can read and snap a picture. It could be a place you are visiting this summer, someplace around town, or just a weird place in your home - it's up to you!

In the fall judges will chose 10 winners to have their photographs blown up to POSTER SIZE and displayed in the library!

We are SO excited to see what you come up with. It is great to see our library filled up with pictures of kids reading!



o Students should be visibly reading in the photograph

o Any reading material is great reading material for this contest (books, newspapers, magazines, comics...)

o Photos will need to be a minimum of 3500 x 2500 pixels (or min 150 dpi at 18x24 dimension) to be included in the contest (check your camera settings first)

o No square pictures please - landscape or portrait are fine

o Unfortunately phone pictures will not have high enough resolution for this contest due to enlargement

o Submissions should be sent FULL SIZE to Along with the student's full name and grade for 2015-2016

o Entries can be submitted any time between 6/05/15 and 10/1/15

o Maximum of one (1) entry per student

Check out this year's winners directly below or see all the entries for inspiration in the second video!

Bluebonnet Program (grades 3-5)

Texas Bluebonnet Award is a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure and is aimed at students in grades 3-6.

Each year, 20 books are chosen as the “Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List” by the TBA selection committee.

Students read a minimum of five books from the current master list (or have the books read aloud to them), and they have the opportunity to vote for their favorite title during the month of January each year.

At Caraway students who read more than the minimum and complete an assignment (to be announced in the fall) will be invited to an end-of-the-year Bluebonnet party! Third graders need to read at least 10, fourth graders at least 12, and fifth graders at least 15 to be eligible for the party.

Students that read at least 15 books by mid-January will be eligible to compete to be a member of the Caraway team in the district-wide Battle of the Bluebonnets! WHICH WE WON THIS YEAR! (See Below Poster) : )

The author of the book receiving the most votes statewide is declared the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

Click here if you need a copy of the 2015-2016 Bluebonnet Tracking Sheet

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Caraway Wins the Battle of the Bluebonnets!

We even got a mention (and a picture!) on the KVUE News!

2015 RRISD Battle of the Bluebonnets

Summer Reading Programs Around Austin

Man, are you lucky to be an Austinite! Not only are there a million great things to do around town, there are also TONS of ways to get reading this summer!

Below are links and descriptions for some of the programs available online and around town.