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).  

A Universe of Stories

What's New

The Collaborative Summer Library Program's Libraries and Summer Food Guide has been released!  It includes a downloadable fact sheet, as well.  
CSLP Summer Meals and Libraries

"A Universe of Stories" Summer Reading 2019: Cosmic Books for All Ages booklist now available!  Just download, print, and share with your patrons!

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

CSLP's Organizational Coordinator, Luke Kralik, offers public library staff engaging CSLP Tutorials on various topics, such as downloading the artwork as a zip file!

2019 CSLP Annual Meeting will be held the Fall of 2019, in Indianapolis, Indiana.  

The 2018 Summer Reading Report Card is in!

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!


Webinars for 2019 Summer Reading


  • A Universe of Stories: 2019 Summer Reading Program Ideas for Youth & Teens [CC video will be archived & posted soon]
    2019’s Collaborative Summer Library Program theme is "A Universe of Stories." From space science fun with teens to early literacy tips, the Library of Michigan's Youth Services Advisory Council will present ideas for you to implement at your library to encourage summer reading. Get a jumpstart on summer reading programming! 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, Lapeer District Library; Monica Porter of the University of Michigan Library; Gillian Streeter of the Muskegon Area District Library; Eva Weihl, East Lansing Public Library; Stephanie Wambaugh of the Braille and Talking Book Library, and Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan. (Recorded 12.19.18)
  • Additional webinars can be found at

Themes & Slogans

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

2019 Theme: Space

  • All Ages Slogan - A Universe of Stories
  • Artist for youth materials is illustrator Leeza Hernandez

2020 Theme: fairy tales/mythology/fantasy

  • Slogan: Imagine Your Story
  • Artist for youth materials is LeUyen Pham.

2021 Theme: Animals

  • Slogan: Tails and Tales
  • ‚ÄčArtist: Salina Yoon

2022 Theme: World-Social Justice-Unity-Kindness-Inclusion-Change-Diversity-Equity-Make a difference-Embrace different cultures 

  • Slogan: All Together Now
  • Artist: Sophie Blackall 

Artwork - 2019's A Universe of Stories is available for download to all public libraries in Michigan at

    Facebook Banner 2019 A Universe of Stories


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.

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


2019 Ideas from Social Media Sites  #LibrariesLiftoff 

Collaborative Summer Library program on Pinterest

Collaborative Summer Library program on Facebook

Collaborative Summer Library Program on Twitter



The Library of Michigan purchases Summer Reading manuals from CSLP for each public library building in the state each year. The 2019 manuals will be the online version only. Information how to access these manuals will be available at in late Fall of 2018. 

Upstart Incentives

Upstart 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. You may order in the fall for spring billing and delivery.

Schools and non-profits promoting Summer Reading may now order Summer Reading incentives from a catalog specifically for them. This partner catalog is included in the manuals 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 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/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.

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 05/08/2019