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).
November 2017 - CSLP Manuals are now available online! Public libraries: go to www.cslpreads.org to login and access your copy now.
Entries for Libraries Rock 2018 Teen Video Challenge are open! Every youth participating must complete the Entry Form and Model Release and follow the instructions on the back of the Entry Form. Submissions are due to Cathy Lancaster, LancasterC5@michigan.gov, by January 31, 2018.
Are Michigan libraries tracking reading by books, minutes or hours? How many readers in Michigan met their library's minimum reading goal? Take a look at our data on Summer Reading Programs in Michigan, from 2014-2017, to find out!
CSLP's Organizational Coordinator, Luke Kralik, offers public library staff engaging CSLP Tutorials on topics from fun ways to use the themed art work to creating long-lasting partnerships with your area schools.
2018 CSLP Annual Meeting will be held April 8-12, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.
Webinars for 2018 Summer Reading
- Library of Michigan's Youth Services Advisory Council will be presenting a youth/teen webinar on #LibrariesRock programming ideas in late January/early February. Stay tuned for details.
Themes & Slogans
Each year, Collaborative Summer Library Program selects themes and slogans for future programs. Here are the current themes and slogans:
2018 Theme: MUSIC
- All Ages Slogan - Libraries Rock!
- Artist for youth materials is illustrator Brian Pinkney, with graphic designer Lary Jones doing Teen & Adult art.
2019 Theme: Space
- All Ages Slogan - A Universe of Stories
- Artist for youth materials is illustrator Leeza Hernandez
2020 Theme: fairy tales/mythology/fantasy
- Solgan TBD
- Artist for youth materials is LeUyen Pham.
Artwork - 2018 Libraries Rock!
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 art for 2018 are included below. Members (MI public libraries) can find more artwork online at the CSLP web site in the propprietary downloads section.
Above: Early Literacy & Children's Slogan and Art Work by Brian Pinkney
Above: Teen & Adult Slogans and Art Work by Larry Jones
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 http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/schoolnutrition/. For more information, and access to downloadable bookmarks, flyers and more, visit www.michigan.gov/sfsp. For great Summer Food program planning information and ideas for public libraries, go to the California Summer Meal Coalition site at www.summermealcoalition.org.
2017 Summer Reading National Partners
CSLP's national partners are ready for 2016. For those looking to expand into math topics, Bedtime Math is a great option. Kids can log onto www.bedtimemath.org 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. See the Allies and Resources section of the CSLP web site, under Members & Sponsors, for more materials, discounts and other information on all the partner organizations.
Among the 2017 partners are:
- BedTime Math
- Read Aloud
- National Geographic
- National Park Service
- National Summer Learning Association
2018 Ideas from Social Media Sites
The Library of Michigan purchases Summer Reading manuals from CSLP for each public library building in the state each year. The 2018 manuals will be the online version only. Information how to access these manuals will be available at www.cslpreads.org in late Fall of 2017.
Upstart 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.
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.
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.
Other Summer Reading Materials and Resources
- YALSA's Summer Learning site is a good place to find ideas for teen programming.
- CSLP has completed a white paper on the impact of Summer Reading programming that can help support the need for the program in your community. CSLP Summer Reading White Paper.
- The Idaho Commission for Libraries has a great Summer Reading Outreach Guidebook.
- 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.
- 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 Wonderopolis 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.
- 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.
Resources about the Impact of Summer Reading/Learning
- Importance of Summer Reading - New York State Library
- Research in Brief - National Summer Learning Association
- Value of Summer Reading - California Library Association
- Gain Tips and Tools to Expand Summer Learning - United Libraries Council
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a grassroots consortium of states and member affiliates working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for public libraries. http://www.cslpreads.org.
If you have any questions about the Summer Reading program or Michigan's membership in CSLP, please contact Cathy Lancaster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-335-8129.
This project is supported in part by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.