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
Register for the Library of Michigan Summer Reading Webinar Series here. We are hosting four one hour webinars on a variety of Summer Reading topics in November, January, February and March. All sessions are free.
- November 7th (2-3 pm) - Summer Reading 101: Learn about the Manuals, Programs and Online Resources. Speaker: Karren Reish from the Library of Michigan. WEBINAR RECORDING.
- January 7th (2-3 pm) - Online Clubs and Social Media: Using Apps, Badges, Clubs and Games. Speaker: Mariah Cherem from Ann Arbor District Library
- February 11th (10-11 am) - Getting Past the Reading Log: New Program Ideas for Children and Teens
Speaker: Anna Curtis and Jen Wrzesinski, Marshall District Library
- March 4th (3-4 pm) - Adult Summer Reading: Bringing Adults on Board to Encourage Adult and Family Literacy.
Speaker: Donna Olson, Howell Carnegie District Library
For more Summer Reading workshops, see the joint Library of Michigan, Mideastern Michigan Library Cooperative and the Michigan Library Association's 2013-2014 brochure
The Oregon State Library has shared a great list of summer reading, early literacy and family engagement ideas. Take a look for easy, moderate and hard program ideas that may be able refresh or stretch your programming. Summer Reading and Early Literacy Ideas
CSLP is excited to announce a brand new partnership with Bedtime Math, the nonprofit spearheading a nationwide movement to help kids love math. Beginning with the 2014 summer reading program, CSLP will offer Bedtime Math's Summer of Numbers, a companion to the Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program. Kids can log onto www.bedtimemath.org or download its app for iPhone or Android to get zany daily math riddles - all for free. Kids can track their progress using Bedtime Math's constellation map and shiny star stickers, which will be available thru the CSLP website. Ordering information will be available beginning December 1, 2013 at www.cslpreads.org. It's your big chance to make math fun for kids, so don't miss out!
The Summer Reading program flyers for teachers and parents will be back back for 2014! Do you need a flyer to advertise your summer reading program to your local teachers or a handout to give to parents? Feel free to download and personalize these flyers for your community. Please see the 2013 below for a sample of what the 2014 flyers will look like.
Summer Reading Flyer for Teachers
Summer Reading Flyer for Parents
Themes & Slogans
Each year, Collaborative Summer Library Program selects themes and slogans for future programs. Here are the current themes and slogans:
2014 Theme: Science
2014 Children's slogan: Fizz, Boom, Read! (Illustrator - Dan Santat)
2014 Teen slogan: Spark A Reaction (Illustrator - Tim O'Brien)
2014 Adult slogan: Literary Elements
2015 Theme: Heroes
2015 Children's slogan: Every Hero Has a Story (Illustrator - Jarrett Krosoczka)
2015 Teen slogan: Unmask! (Illustrator - Hope Larson)
2015 Adult slogan: Escape the Ordinary
2016 Theme: Health/Wellness/Fitness/Sports (exact wording TBA)
Each year, CSLP's exclusive vendor contracts with artists to create art for the children, teen, and adult summer library programs. Artwork includes posters, bookmarks, and spot art in black and white and color. Samples of the children's and teen art for 2014 are included below. You can find more artwork, including art for the adult program, on the Summer Reading DVDs and online at the CSLP web site. Please see this CSLP Login Handout on how to login to the CSLP site in the CSLP membership section.
The Library of Michigan purchases Summer Reading manuals from CSLP for each public library building in the state each year. The manuals are mailed in the fall for the proceeding summer. We will mail DVD versions of the manual only. If you are missing your manuals or cannot use a DVD, please contact the Library of Michigan. You may also purchase print copies of the manual from CSLP for $10 each including shipping.
Upstart/Demco (formerly Highsmith) 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. For the second year, books from Scholastic are available for order from Upstart/Demco. You may order in the fall for spring billing and delivery.
For 2013, schools and non-profits promoting Summer Reading may now order Summer Reading incentives from a catalog specifically for them. This partner catalog will be included in the 2014 Summer Reading 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 ordered online, by fax (800-448-5828), or by phone (855-255-2757).
To order online:
- Sign-in to the CSLP website
- Click on the Shop Now link on the top yellow tool bar
- Click the link to go to the Highsmith merchandise
- Click the PSA's Now Available box in the upper right corner of the page.
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.
Reading Lists/Author Webcasts
CSLP is collaborating with TeachingBooks to provide Summer Reading theme appropriate reading lists, webcasts of author interviews and readings, etc. You can find the materials at TeachingBooks.net. Summer Reading related materials are free, but other materials require a subscription.
CSLP Conference 2013 Highlights Report
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. Please refer to the instructions in the CSLP Login Handout.
Other Summer Reading Materials and Resources
- Michigan Center for the Book 2013 Adult Summer Reading bookmarks
2013 Adult Summer Reading Bookmarks
- For those interested in what other Michigan libraries are doing for Summer Reading programming, Natalize Bazan at the Hopkins District Library has a Sharing Library Ideas site with a Summer Programs page.
- For those interested in using the Summer Reading Resources in Gale Cengage databases, Gale has videos on how to do online book clubs, using Gale resources for children and teen activities, etc. You can find these videos under Summer Reading in the Gale On-Demand Training site.
- For those looking to improve or expand their Summer Reading programming, the Oregon State Library has Summer Reading Best Practices available.
- 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 Southeastern Libraries System in Minnesota has ideas and some incentives for an annual Winter Reading program at their Hot Reads for Cold Nights site.
- The National Center for Family Literacy has a free, online program with weekly interactive activities at the Camp What-A-Wonder site.
- The State Library of New York has an extensive Summer Reading information at the Summer Reading at New York Libraries site.
- 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.i
- Young Learners in the Library is a Talking Points paper from the Institute of Museum and Library Services that explains the value of early reading programs in public libraries.
This project is made possible by grant funds from the
U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
administered by the State of Michigan through the
Library of Michigan.
If you have any questions about the Summer Reading program or Michigan's membership in CSLP, please contact Karren Reish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-241-0021.