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).  

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What's New

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

This year Michigan was 1 of 9 states that participated in the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) first End-of-Summer survey!  Participation in surveys is voluntary and a big thank you to the 215 respondents right here in Michigan. The CSLP Board and the Statistics Committee are pleased to share the results of the 2019 CSLP End-of-Summer survey via this link:

The Collaborative Summer Library Program's Libraries and Summer Food Guide has been released!  It includes a downloadable fact sheet, as well.  

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

CSLP's Organizational Coordinator, Luke Kralik, offers public library staff engaging CSLP Tutorials on various topics, such as downloading the artwork as a zip file!

2020's CSLP Annual Meeting will be held in September 2020, in Detroit, Michigan!  

*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.


Webinars for 2020 Summer Library Program COMING SOON!


Themes & Slogans

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

2020 Theme: fairy tales/mythology/fantasy

  • Slogan: Imagine Your Story
  • Artist for youth materials is LeUyen Pham.

2021 Theme: Animals

  • Slogan: Tails and Tales
  • ‚ÄčArtist: Salina Yoon

2022 Theme: World-Social Justice-Unity-Kindness-Inclusion-Change-Diversity-Equity-Make a difference-Embrace different cultures 

  • Slogan: All Together Now
  • Artist: Sophie Blackall 

2023 Theme: Oceanography

  • Slogan TBD
  • Artist: Frank Morrison 

Artwork - 2020's Imagine Your Story is available for download to all public libraries in Michigan at

    CSLP 2020 Teen Poster


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


2020 Ideas from Social Media Sites  #ImagineYourStory

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 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, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings at You may order in the fall for spring billing and delivery.  Paper catalogs are being shipped to public libraries in Michigan, Fall 2019. 

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 12/2/2019