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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).  

2022 Oceans of Possibilities

What's New


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


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. 


Artwork - 2022's "Oceans of Possibilities" art by Sophie Blackall is available for download to all public libraries in Michigan at


Oceans of Possibilities Early Literacy Poster   Oceans of Possibilities Children's Poster 


Oceans of Possibilities Teen Poster   Oceans of Possibilities Adult Poster   



The Library of Michigan purchases Summer Reading manuals from CSLP for each public library building in the state each year. The 2022 manuals will be the online version only. Information how to access these manuals is available at Contact Cathy Lancaster at if you need your library's access code. 

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.

2022 Ideas from Social Media Sites  #OceansOfPossibilities 

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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 upcoming slogans and artists:


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


  • Slogan: Adventure Begins at Your Library
  • Artist: Juana Martinez-Neal


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


The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) empowers libraries to foster community and collaborates with libraries to creat an inclusive literacy based program.  


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 10/25/2021