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

The 2017 Michigan Teen Video Contest is here!  See details further down this page.   

The 2017 United Dairy Industry of Michigan's Mini-Grant for Summer Food is here.  Learn more about the "Meet Up and Eat Up" program at your library further down this page under the Summer Food Program heading.   

Upcoming CSLP Slogans are as follows:           

  • 2017 Slogan for all-ages is "Build a Better World"           
  • 2018 Slogan for all-ages is "Libraries Rock!"
  • 2019 Theme: Space - please submit slogan ideas to Cathy Lancaster at

2017 Slogans & Art Work are here!  Scroll down for a sneak peek...

Fall 2016 CSLP Newsletter from CSLP Board President Sharon Rawlings can be downloaded by clicking here

Webinar for 2017 Summer Reading

  • “Build a Better World” Youth Programming Ideas for 2017 Summer Reading  - Access the RECORDING on our Webinar Archives page, posted as soon as it is made closed captioned. 
    Monday, January 9, 2017 

    Time: 3:00 PM EST
    The Library of Michigan's Youth Services Advisory Council would like to invite you to join us for a webinar on the 2017 CSLP themed "Build a Better World."  Programming ideas, the CSLP manual and various summer reading club topics will be discussed.

2017 Michigan Teen Video Contest

Entries were due on January 31, 2017. 


The “2017 Teen Video Challenge” for Michigan is open only to legal U.S. residents who are residents of Michigan aged 13 -18. Participants are ineligible if directly related to the panel of judges for the contest. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Contest Rules.

Each participant or group may submit one video per entry.  Each entry must include signed model release form(s).  All submissions must be received by January 31, 2017. Late entries will not be accepted. A DVD of the video will be requested from the winner.

Terms and Conditions

All music and artwork that the teen/s use must be freely available for legal use, sharing, repurposing and remixing and must be specified as such on the entry form.  CSLP (and all CSLP member affiliates) have permission to use the “2017 Teen Video Challenge” submissions, including all work created and all intellectual property embodied therein, as per the Contest Release form.

Video Criteria for Acceptance

All videos must:

  • Be 30 to 90 seconds.
  • Promote the idea of using public libraries and reading.
  • Include your interpretation of the 2017 CSLP teen slogan “Build a Better World”.
  • Be designed for use at any library.
  • Be appropriate for viewing by audiences of all ages.

Video will be judged on the following criteria

  • Creativity
  • Message clarity and relevance
  • Motivation and inspiration
  • Overall impact

Winners and Prizes

CSLP will review all state winners during March 2017. In the spring of 2017, CSLP will award each CSLP approved State Teen Video Challenge Winner’s Public Library a prize worth $50.00 from Upstart.

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.  This project is supported by the Library of Michigan with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Themes & Slogans

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

2017 Theme: Build a Better World

  • 2017 Early Literacy and Children's slogan: Build a Better World - Illustrator David Macaulay
  • 2017 Teen slogan: Build a Better World - Illustrator Scott Sosebee
  • 2017 Adult slogan: Build a Better World - Illustrator Larry Jones

2018 Theme: MUSIC

  • 2018 Early Literacy and Children's slogan: Libraries Rock!
  • 2018 Teen slogan: Libraries Rock!
  • 2018 Adult slogan: Libraries Rock!

2019 Theme: Space

Artwork - 2017 slogans & art are here!

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 early literacy, children's and teen art for 2017 are included below. You can find more artwork on the Summer Reading USBs mailed to your library and online at the CSLP web site in the propprietary downloads section.

Build A Better World Logo Build A Better World LogoBuild A Better World Logo  Build A Better World Logo

Above:      Early Literacy Slogan and Art Work, plus Children's Slogan and Art Work by David Macaulay 

    Build A Better World LogoBuild A Better World art

Above:  Teen Slogan & Art Work by Scott Sosebee

  Build A Better World LogoBuild A Better World art

Above:  Adult Slogan 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 For more information, and access to downloadable bookmarks, flyers and more, visit For  great Summer Food program planning information and ideas for public libraries, go to the California Summer Meal Coalition site at

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 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.

Amongh the 2017 partners are:

  • BedTime Math
  • Read Aloud
  • National Geographic
  • National Park Service
  • National Summer Learning Association

2017 Ideas from Social Media Sites

Collaborative Summer Library program on Pinterest

Collaborative Summer Library program on Facebook

Iowa State Library Summer Reading trainers' site

Iowa State Library Summer Reading trainers' Pinterest page


The Library of Michigan purchases Summer Reading manuals from CSLP for each public library building in the state each year. The 2017 manuals were mailed in November. We mail USB versions of the manual only. If you are missing your manuals or cannot use a USB, please contact the Library of Michigan. You may also download the manual at

Upstart Incentives

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.

CSLP Membership

CSLP Conference 2016 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.

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.

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 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

If you have any questions about the Summer Reading program or Michigan's membership in CSLP, please contact Cathy Lancaster at 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.

Updated 04/13/2017