Summer Reading


Final Evaluation Form 2017


CSLP Rules for Using Artwork (video)


Instructions for Accessing the CSLP Manual Online

Before you do anything else, you need to have a login and password for the CSLP website.

Once you've been verified, you'll follow the step by step instructions and receive your online access code.  It is a case-sensitive string of letters, numbers, and special characters that you should absolutely save in your e-mail or even in an easy to access Notepad file.

Once you've received your code, follow the prompts to download a copy of the 2017 manual. The access code can be shared with anyone in your library who is involved in planning summer reading. They will also need to have a CSLP login.

If you have any problems with your login, please contact the CSLP office directly and they will get your account activated.

If you've got your heart set on having the actual binder in front of you, there is one print copy of the 2017 manual that is barcoded and can be checked out. In Workflows, you can find it simply by searching for "CSLP."

And don't forget the CSLP Rules of Use!

Collaborative Summer Library Program

Archived Manual Webinars 2017

Information about the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)


2017 Summer Reading Workshop

The NCLS workshop for Summer Reading 2016 was held on Friday, March 10. The materials from the day can be found here:

Build a Better World

Ten Tips for School Collaboration

Spotlight on Outreach

Rip Off and Duplicate

This was a segment where library staff had a chance to share program ideas - including successes and lessons learned - with others. Here are some of the ideas presented:

Escape Room: Description and Flow Chart (Meghin Roberts, WAT)

littleBits: From the website: "Easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small." (Amy Pond, CLA)

90-Second Newbery: Where kids condense a Newbery book into a short film. Wall-to-wall fun! (Angela Newman, NCLS)

Beanstack for Summer

The team at Beanstack shares successes and lessons learned from libraries that used their product for online participation in summer reading in 2016 in this collection of case studies. Check it out! (Interested in using Beanstack to provide an online component to your library's summer session? Contact Angela, and she'll point you in the right direction.)


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

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

ALA Library Fact Sheet #17: Includes the history of summer reading, as well as best practices and supporting research.

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.)

2016 Summer Reading Workshop

The NCLS workshop for Summer Reading 2016 was held on Wednesday, March 9. The materials from the day can be found here:

Youth Services: