Summer Library Program

APLS offers Summer Library Program manuals and promotional materials through our membership in the Collaborative Summer Library program (CSLP). 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. Each year CSLP selects a theme and slogan for the summer program.

Near the beginning of each year, APLS holds a Summer Reading Kickoff presenting programming tips and ideas from the Summer Reading Committee supporting that year’s theme and slogan. The Summer Reading Committee is comprised of librarians around the state who work with children, teens, and adult programming from large and small libraries to present a well-rounded approach.

The CSLP manual includes four individual manuals: early literacy, children’s, teen, and adult. The manuals include information about: why having a summer program is important, marketing, finding funding, and many programming ideas to support the theme. The manual also includes artwork to support the theme (color and black and white), booklists, puzzles, and games. The promotional materials APLS provides are:  posters, bookmarks, reading logs, stickers, and completion certificates.


2020 Summer Reading Kickoff Materials

Email for 2020 SLP Materials 2020 SLP Materials Order Form
2020 SLP Kickoff Handouts 2020 SLP LibGuide

Summer Reading Program Performers List



CSLP works with libraries to create an inclusive literacy based reproducible program with a unified theme that is enjoyable for all ages and offers professional support.

Check out CSLP's Pinterest page for all sorts of great summer program ideas that go with the theme.


2019 Summer Reading Documents

Constellation Viewer SLA-SSA Flyer

Moon Flip Book

Space Craft
LSA-NSN Flyer Summer of Space Launch
College Counts Contact Info String Art Hand-out
2019 SLP Statistics Email PDF SLP Statistics Form