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).  

2020 Imagine Your Story Banner

What's New

2020 Imagine Your Story Reading Logs are available for public libraries to insert their own information and/or reading recommendations, then print & share with patrons:

CSLP’s "Summer 2020 Reimagined" is available for download (click on the red box on their homepage for the PDF) to print and share activities directly with patrons:

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*! 

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

2021's CSLP Annual Meeting will be held in September 2021, 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.

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

*For updated 2020 CSLP Posters to download in-house or run at a local printer, please contact Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator at the Library of Michigan, at  Art by award-winning illustrator, LeUyen Pham.

CSLP 2020 Early Literacy Poster      CSLP 2020 Children's Poster      CSLP 2020 Teen      CSLP 2020 Adult Poster    


Webinars for 2020 Summer Library Programming

  • Imagine Your Story: Ideas & Tips from the Library of Michigan’s Youth Services Advisory Council
    [Recorded 1/7/2020]
    Programming ideas and tips for the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s 2020 summer reading program, “Imagine Your Story,” are shared from your peers in the field.  Presenters: Kaelyn Christian of Georgetown Township Public Library; Anne Clark of the Bay County Library System; Liz Clauder of Bloomfield Township Library; Lindsay Fricke of the Novi Public Library;  Dena Moscheck, Bay County Library System; Monica Porter of the University of Michigan Library; Gillian Streeter of the Muskegon Area District Library; Stephanie Wambaugh of the Braille and Talking Book Library, and Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan.  

  • Additional webinars can be found at


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 in the fall for spring billing and delivery.  Paper catalogs were shipped to public libraries in Michigan, Fall 2019. 

2020 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

Upcoming Themes & Slogans

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


  • Slogan: Tails and Tales
  • Theme: Animals (Farm, Jungle, etc)
  • ‚ÄčArtist: Salina Yoon


  • Slogan: TBD
  • Theme: Oceanography 
  • Artist: Sophie Blackall 


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

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 06/24/2020