Summer Reading Program

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Click here to see the details of our Summer 2020 Virtual Reading Program!

What is the Summer Reading Program?

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 their 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.

The participating systems and states develop a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas.

CSLP began in 1987 when 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. State libraries and systems continue to join and CSLP continues to evolve, but its guiding principle remains the same, librarians sharing ideas, expertise and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children.


The Results from 2019’s Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

Last summer 276 children in our community had a lot of fun and read a total of 2,360 combined hours in 6 weeks. 70 kids continued to read 2,319 books the following four weeks in the new summer reading challenge! The Adult Summer Reading Program had 69 participants and the response to the prize baskets was wonderful.  Overall it was a huge success, but now we need to focus on next summer.


This Year’s Summer Reading Program Theme: Imagine Your Story

We are in the planning stages for 2020 and hope to impart a love of reading that will last a lifetime to an even greater number of our community.  As always, the programs will be free and open to all ages, infant through adult.  There will be stories, programs, entertainment and lots of prizes for everyone. If you are interested in donating to the Summer Reading Program at WPL, please visit the link: 2020 Summer Reading Program Donation Response Form



Traditionally, summer reading programs are designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:

  • Children are motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.


Adults and Young Adults

Adult and Young Adult programming will be available to the Wayne public as well, in the form of reading challenges with prizes available, crafts, activities, speakers, and more!

The benefits of our summer reading program for adults and young adults:

  • encouragement that reading become a lifelong habit
  • reluctant readers can be drawn in by the activities
  • the program can generate interest in the library and books
  • Having high levels of literacy are needed for higher education and future employment


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