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

Please take a few minutes to complete the SRP annual survey for the Library of Michigan, no matter your theme or participation in CSLP; it provides us with valuable feedback: program, Teens & Children’s stats are all covered in this 1 survey, but you do not need to complete all 3 age groups, just the one(s) you coordinate.  Be sure to discuss with your co-workers who is completing what section and feel free to forward to other departments (children’s/teens/adults) for them to complete their portion. If you’re submitting a district-wide report (in lieu of branch-by-branch), please note that in the “Name of branch” box. Please submit your responses by Friday, September 7, 2018, to be eligible for a prize drawing.

Additional survey from CSLP (all public libraries in Michigan are members):  The audience for this survey is public library staff. This survey is being conducted by the Statistics Committee of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). Our goal is to better understand how public library staff use and value CSLP membership and materials. For the purposes of this survey, we use the phrase “summer library program” in equivalence to summer reading program or summer learning program. This survey does not concern materials and promotions provided by CSLP partner organizations, such as Demco/Upstart. The survey is open now through October 31, 2018.  Value of CSLP Membership and Materials survey:

The 2018 "Libraries Rock!" booklist, compiled by the Library of Michigan's Youth Services Advisory Council, is now available to download, print and share with your library community. 

CSLP Manuals are now available online!  Public libraries: go to to login and access your copy now.

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

  • Libraries Rock!  Programming Tips & Ideas for Summer Reading 2018
    Programming ideas, the CSLP manual and various summer reading club topics will be discussed. Youth Services Advisory Council presenters: Liz Clauder of Bloomfield Township Library; Lindsay Fricke of the Novi Public Library; Beth Lowe, Fowlerville District Library; Dena Moscheck, Lapeer District Library; Amy Nolan, St. Joseph/Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library; Eva Weihl, East Lansing Public Library; Stephanie Wambaugh of the Braille and Talking Book Library, and Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan (Recorded 1.30.18)
  • Additional webinars can be found at

Themes & Slogans

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

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 - 2019 A Universe of Stories!



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


2018 Ideas from Social Media Sites

Collaborative Summer Library program on Pinterest

Collaborative Summer Library program on Facebook

Collaborative Summer Library Program on Twitter



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 in late Fall of 2017. 

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

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

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

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.  


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 was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Updated 03/15/2018