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Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading program at public libraries encourages children, youth and families to read and helps children maintain reading skills. To support Summer Reading, the Library of Michigan is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

What's New

Our Winter Webinar Series is done already! You can watch the recording though. These are four free one-hour webinars throughout the winter on hot Summer Reading topics. You can find the 2014 webinar recording further down the page as well.

  • Summer Reading 101: Learning about the Manuals, Programs and Online Resources. Date: November 20th; Time: 2:00 pm; Presenter: Karren Reish, Library of Michigan. WEBINAR RECORDING
  • Learning Challenges as a Way to Increase the Impact of Summer Reading.. Date: January 8th; Time: 2:00 pm; Presenter: Andrea Vaughn Johnson, Brooklyn Public Library. Description: Learn how Brooklyn Public Library (NY) uses games to keep children and teens engaged through the entire summer. The Gameboard for children and the Challenge for teens and adults motivates patrons to visit to the library and the library's website, interact with staff, explore the collection, attend programs, check out more books, try fun learning activities, and of course, read more books!
  • Online Summer Reading Options: What Services Are Out There and What Can You Do With Them. Date: February 10th; Time: 2:00 pm; Presenter: Karren Reish, Library of Michigan. Description: There are fee and free online summer reading sites and software out there and there are libraries doing badges, clubs and games. What is out there, where do you find it, and what does it cost? Once you pick something, how do you promote it and what should you look out for?
  • School Visits and Summer Reading. Date: March 4th; Time: 2:00 pm; Presenter: Cynthia Zervos, Farmington Public Schools and Dottie Donahue-Pheney, Farmington Community Library. Description: Bright Summers, Bright Futures at Your Elementary School! Learn how to form a collaborative partnership between school libraries and public libraries and use the partnership to meet the unique needs of your students year-round! Also, learn about other forms of collaboration that could take place between schools and public libraries. For the past four years, Cynthia Zervos, Media Specialist with Farmington Public Schools, and Dottie Donahue-Pheney, Children's Librarian with the Farmington Community Library have found fun, unique ways to collaborate all year long. Their collaborative efforts have been a win-win situation for the schools and public library, but most of all it has been a win for the children in the community. WEBINAR RECORDING

The State Library of Iowa has an excellent 2015 Program site for those new to Summer Reading programming or just looking for a new idea. Iowa Summer Reading Workshop.

Themes & Slogans

Each year, Collaborative Summer Library Program selects themes and slogans for future programs. Here are the current themes and slogans:

2015 Theme: Heroes
2015 Children's slogan: Every Hero Has a Story (Illustrator - Jarrett Krosoczka)
2015 Teen slogan: Unmask! (Illustrator - Hope Larson)
2015 Adult slogan: Escape the Ordinary

2016 Theme: Health/Wellness/Fitness/Sports
2016 Children's slogan: Move, Play, READ
2016 Teen slogan: Get in the Game: READ
2016 Adult slogan: Exercise Your Mind: READ

2017 Theme: Build a Better World


Each year, CSLP's exclusive vendor contracts with artists to create art for the children, teen, and adult summer library programs. Artwork includes posters, bookmarks, and spot art in black and white and color. Samples of the children's and teen art for 2014 are included below. You can find more artwork, including art for the adult program, on the Summer Reading DVDs and online at the CSLP web site. Please see this CSLP Login Handout on how to login to the CSLP site in the CSLP membership section.

Crab Reading a Book
Teen Superheros reading a book
Male superhero reading a book


Summer Food Program

Are you looking for a way improve services to underserved children, to encourage low income families to attend summer programs or Summer Reading activities, or be able to provide food to low income children over the summer? The Michigan Department of Education Summer Food Service Program may be a resource to meet these goals. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low income children. You can find more information on the program and how to collaborate with participating institutions at the Information for Public Libraries fact sheet. You can find participating site locations at For more information, visit or contact Bryan Van Dorn at 517-373-3347.

Summer Food Service logo

2015 Summer Reading National Partners

CSLP is continuing to partner with national organizations in 2015.  For those looking to expand into math topics, Bedtime Math is is partnering for the 2nd year. For 2015, Bedtime Math's Summer of Numbers program is focused on "Be A Math Hero." Kids can log onto or download its app for iPhone or Android to get zany daily math riddles - all for free. Kids can track their progress using Bedtime Math's constellation map and shiny star stickers, which are available through the CSLP website. For more information, please see this Bedtime Math Flyer. For local promotion, you can use this poster.

Other 2015 partners include:

  • Ellison
  • The Great Reading Adventure
  • Bearport Publishing
  • Lunar & Planetary Institute
  • Movie License USA
  • National Geographic
  • National Park Service
  • National Summer Learning Association
  • Sibling Project @ Santa Barbara Public Library
  • StarWalk Kids
  • TEI Landmark Audio
  • Wordsworth Publishing
  • Xist Publishing

You can find more information on these partners and programs in the 2015 Partnerships Flyer. Additional details, including any new partners and discount codes can be found at the CSLP website.


Do you need a flyer to advertise your summer reading program to your local teachers or a handout to give to parents? Feel free to download and personalize these flyers for your community. The Summer Reading program flyers for teachers and parents include information and images from the 2015 program and have space for your library's contacts.

2015 Summer Reading Flyer for Teachers
2015 Summer Reading Flyer for Parents


The Library of Michigan purchases Summer Reading manuals from CSLP for each public library building in the state each year. The 2015 manuals were mailed on October 21st. We mail DVD versions of the manual only. If you are missing your manuals or cannot use a DVD, please contact the Library of Michigan. You may also purchase print copies of the manual from CSLP for $12.50 each, including shipping.


Upstart/Demco (formerly Highsmith) is the commercial vendor selected to produce materials designed exclusively for CSLP members. Public libraries in participating states can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings. You may order in the fall for spring billing and delivery.

Schools and non-profits promoting Summer Reading may now order Summer Reading incentives from a catalog specifically for them. This partner catalog is included in the manuals mailing.

Public Service Announcements (PSAs)

CSLP develops Public Service Announcements each year in audio and video. The PSAs are in English and Spanish and are closed-captioned. These may be downloaded from the CSLP site. You must be logged in as member to download the PSAs from the Proprietary Downloads section of the site. Please see the PSA Tip Sheet for more information.

Rules of Use/Copyright

The Summer Reading materials and artwork are designed for the exclusive use of CSLP and CSLP members. As such, there are copyright restrictions regarding the use of all CSLP art/graphics and the CSLP program manuals/DVDs. You can find a complete list of what member libraries MAY and MAY NOT do in the Collaborative Summer Library Program RULES OF USE.

Reading Lists/Author Webcasts

CSLP is collaborating with TeachingBooks to provide Summer Reading theme appropriate reading lists, webcasts of author interviews and readings, etc. You can find the materials at Summer Reading related materials are free, but other materials require a subscription.

CSLP Membership

CSLP Conference 2014 Highlights Report

State membership in CSLP allows public libraries in that state to use CSLP manuals and artwork within the Rules of Use. Membership also includes participation in an annual planning conference and committees. The Library of Michigan sends one person to the CSLP conference each year in the spring, but up to three people can attend from each state. If you are able to pay your travel costs and would like to be considered for conference attendance, please contact the Library of Michigan. Most committee work is done via email. If you are interested in participating on a CSLP committee, such as those for the manuals, diversity, marketing and pr, etc., again, please contact the Library of Michigan.

The CSLP web site also has extensive additional materials for members, including signing videos, adult literacy materials, logos, PSAs, web banners, non-English slogans, etc. You can register for a member account at the web site. Please refer to the instructions in the CSLP Login Handout.

2014 Summer Reading Webinars

MDL Early Literacy Reading Log sample
MDL Youth Reading Log sample
MDL Teen Reading Log sample

Other Summer Reading Materials and Resources

  • The Idaho Commission for Libraries has a great Summer Reading Outreach Guidebook.
  • For those interested in what other Michigan libraries are doing for Summer Reading programming, Natalize Bazan at the Hopkins District Library has a Sharing Library Ideas site with a Summer Programs page.
  • The Oregon State Library has shared a great list of summer reading, early literacy and family engagement ideas. Take a look for easy, moderate and hard program ideas that may be able refresh or stretch your programming. Summer Reading and Early Literacy Ideas
  • For those interested in using the Summer Reading Resources in Gale Cengage databases, Gale has videos on how to do online book clubs, using Gale resources for children and teen activities, etc. You can find these videos under Summer Reading in the Gale On-Demand Training site.
  • For those looking to improve or expand their Summer Reading programming, the Oregon State Library has Summer Reading Best Practices available.
  • The State Library of New York has an extensive Summer Reading information at the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site.
  • The American Library Association has a Library Summer Reading Programs fact sheet that provides details on the benefits and background of Summer Reading.

More Sites:

  • Colorin Colorado is a bilingual site is PBS program with a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners at the Colorin Colorado site.
  • The National Center for Family Literacy has a free, online program with weekly interactive activities at the Camp What-A-Wonder site.
  • The Library of Virginia has 365 days of activities, book suggestions, themes, materials, and more at the Day By Day VA: Family Literacy Calendar site. It is a daily early literacy program.
  • Reading Rockets is a PBS program that includes a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read at the Reading Rockets site. In the Reading Topics A-Z section, you can find information directly on Summer Reading.i
  • Ready to Read at New York Public Libraries has a significant amount of early literacy materials for libraries.
  • YALSA Handouts and Flyers has a wealth of materials (recorded presentations, bookmarks, flyers, etc.) on teen services and issues from the Young Adult Library Services Association.
  • Ready to Read at New York Public Libraries has a significant amount of early literacy materials for libraries.
  • Young Learners in the Library is a Talking Points paper from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that explains the value of early reading programs in public libraries.

Resources about the Impact of Summer Reading/Learning

This project is made possible by grant funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan.

If you have any questions about the Summer Reading program or Michigan's membership in CSLP, please contact Karren Reish at or 517-241-0021.

Updated 02/10/2015