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).  

2021 Tails and Tales

What's New


CSLP Manuals are now available online!  Public libraries: go to to login and access your copy now, for a manual code please message Cathy Lancaster from an official work email at

CSLP Reading Logs from LM
Michigan public libraries are encouraged to download and edit the following PDF's to include their library's programming, logo and contact information. A library might also choose to edit out the reading log lines and input additional programming or add a reading recommendation list. Don't know how to edit a PDF? A quick search online will give you free resources and instructions to meet your needs.

Read Up! CSLP has created a guide for Summer Food Service Program sites with enrichment activities that support summer reading, with support from the Library of Michigan and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Updated posters are available for printing in-house or at a local printer. Please contact Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator at the Library of Michigan, at for the link to download. 

Michigan's Summer Reading Report Card for 2019 is in*! 

*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!  You can also find 2018's report online.


Workshops & Tutorials for 2021 Summer Library Programming

Artwork - 2021's "Tails & Tales" art by Salina Yoon is available for download to all public libraries in Michigan at


CSLP 2021 Farm Poster     CSLP Jungle Poster     CSLP Under the Sea Poster     CSLP Marine Animal Poster



The Library of Michigan purchases Summer Reading manuals from CSLP for each public library building in the state each year. The 2020 manuals will be the online version only. Information how to access these manuals is available at

CSLP Product Catalog 

Public libraries in participating states can purchase posters, bookmarks, and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings at You may order online for quick shipping.

2021 Ideas from Social Media Sites  #ImagineYourStory #LibrariesImagine 

Collaborative Summer Library program on Pinterest

Collaborative Summer Library program on Facebook

Collaborative Summer Library Program on Twitter

Collaborative Summer Library Program on Instagram

Upcoming Themes & Slogans

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


  • Slogan: Oceans of Possibility 
  • Artist: Sophie Blackall 


  • Slogan: All Together Now!
  • Artist: Frank Morrison 

Summer Food Program

CSLP 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.

Read Up! CSLP has created a guide for Summer Food Service Program sites with enrichment activities that support summer reading, with support from the Library of Michigan and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

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

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. 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

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 06/28/2021