PROGRAM: Collaborative Summer Reading

Presented by:
Maine Humanities Council
Local Partner: Libraries Subject: Literacy, Varies Audience: All, Children and Families

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for public libraries.

By combining resources and working with an exclusive contracted vendor to produce materials designed for CSLP members, public libraries in participating states or systems can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates, and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings.

This program began in 1987 with ten Minnesota regional library systems developed a summer library program for children, choosing a theme, creating artwork, and selecting incentives that public libraries in the regions could purchase and use. This program is conducted in partnership with the Maine State Library.