Summer Reading

Summer Reading Workshop

The NCLS Summer reading workshop will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019. During this half day workshop, we’ll explore how to incorporate this year’s CSLP theme into your summer programming, talk about how to work with community partners, and get a hands-on look at the new NCLS mobile maker kits. Bring an appetite for lunch and a bag for all the swag you’ll take home with you. Sign up for the NCLS Service Center or attend through videoconferencing at Potsdam or Oswego.

Workshop Resources

Intro to Summer Reading Slides

Summer Reading Bingo

Community Partnerships

Online Resources to Know

READsquared Information Sheet

READsquared FAQs for Public Library Staff

Talking is Teaching Intro

STEAM Programming with Hope Decker: Toilet Paper Solar System, Cube Crafts, Sensory Play Recipes


The Importance of Summer Reading: Summary of research produced by the New York State Library, with an annotated bibliography.

NAEP Reading Snapshot: 2015 data on reading proficiency for 4th grade students in New York State from the National Assessment on Educational Progess.

Why Summer Reading is Important: Articles compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children.

Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment: White paper from the Urban Libraries Council on summer learning and assessing its impact on your community. (Don't have that kind of time? Read the executive summary.)

Summer Reading @ New York Libraries

The official New York State Library website.

NCLS Performers Database

A collection of regional library performers/presenters, compiled by library staff. Add your own reviews!

Instructions for Accessing the CSLP Manual Online (PDF)

The online manual is now accessible on the CSLP website, and libraries should have received their USB drives in the NCLS delivery. If you haven't received your USB drive, contact NCLS. There will also be two print copies of the manual barcoded and available for checkout.

CSLP Rules of Use

Information about the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)


CSLP Manual Video Tutorials

Using the new Searchable Online Manual

Creating a login for the Online Manual

CSLP Rules for Using Artwork

Program Ideas

CSLP on Pinterest

Past Summer Reading Workshops

2018: Libraries Rock!

Building a Teen Program | PDF (Katie Male-Riordan)

Sneaking STEAM into Small Spaces - Seeing Sound; Sound Sandwich; Starburst Rocks; Stereo Hanger; STEM Challenge Cards; Program Links - (Hope Decker, Pioneer Library System)

2017: Build a Better World

2016: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read

Youth Services: