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
For 2013, schools and non-profits promoting Summer Reading may now order Summer Reading incentives from a catalog specifically for them.
CSLP School/Non-Profit Incentives Catalog
Incentives Shipping Changes:
In the past, the Collaborative was able to provide free shipping to all members.Beginning with the 2013 program, the Collaborative will be paying half of your shipping charges. Your portion of the charges will be 5.5% of your order total, with a $6 minimum and a $25 maximum. For larger orders requiring a truck shipment, there is an additional $50 charge for inside delivery.
The Summer Reading program flyers for teachers and parents is back for 2013! 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!
Summer Reading Flyer for Teachers
Summer Reading Flyer for Parents
The 2013 CSLP conference was in April. The collaborative volunteers worked on the 2014 manuals and materials and the 2015 themes and 2016 slogan. You can read all about it in the CSLP Conference 2013 Highlights Report.
Themes & Slogans
Each year, Collaborative Summer Library Program selects themes and slogans for future programs. Here are the current themes and slogans:
2013 Theme: Underground
2013 Children's slogan: Dig Into Reading
2013 Teen slogan: Beneath the Surface
2013 Adult slogan: Ground Breaking Reads
2014 Theme: Science
2014 Children's slogan: Fizz, Boom, Read!
2014 Teen slogan: Spark A Reaction
2014 Adult slogan: Literary Elements
2015 Theme: Heroes
2015 Children's slogan: Every Hero Has a Story
2015 Teen slogan: Unmask!
2015 Adult slogan: Escape the Ordinary
2016 Theme: Health/Wellness/Fitness/Sports (exact wording TBA)
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 adult art are included below. You can find more artwork, including art for the teen 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.
The Library of Michigan purchases Summer Reading manuals from CSLP for each public library building in the state each year. The manuals are mailed in the fall for the proceeding summer. We will 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 $10 each including shipping.
MESP/MET Destination College Savings Sweepstakes - 2013 Information
MESP/MET is not hosting a Summer Reading Sweepstakes program in 2013. We'll alert libraries if they return with the Sweepstakes program in 2014.
Highsmith, Inc. 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. For the second year, books from Scholastic are available for order from Highsmith. You may order in the fall for spring billing and delivery.
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 ordered online, by fax (800-448-5828), or by phone (855-255-2757).
To order online:
- Sign-in to the CSLP website
- Click on the Shop Now link on the top yellow tool bar
- Click the link to go to the Highsmith merchandise
- Click the PSA's Now Available box in the upper right corner of the page.
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 TeachingBooks.net. Summer Reading related materials are free, but other materials require a subscription.
CSLP Conference 2013 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, 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.
Other Summer Reading Materials and Resources
- Michigan Center for the Book 2013 Adult Summer Reading bookmarks
2013 Adult Summer Reading Bookmarks
- 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.
- 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 Guided Tutorials site.
- For those looking to improve or expand their Summer Reading programming, the Oregon State Library has Summer Reading Best Practices available.
- 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 Southeastern Libraries System in Minnesota has ideas and some incentives for an annual Winter Reading program at their Hot Reads for Cold Nights site.
- The National Center for Family Literacy has a free, online program with weekly interactive activities at the Camp What-A-Wonder site.
- The State Library of New York has an extensive Summer Reading information at the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site.
- 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
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 email@example.com or 517-241-0021.