Lifelong Learning

Summer Reading Program

Montana is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), which is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children 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, Montana public libraries can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings.

CSLP offers Montana and other participating states a unified and high-quality promotional and programming summer reading product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas. The Montana State Library purchases the manual and provides it to all Montana public libraries and branches at no charge. 

Each year, CSLP produces four different summer reading programs for different ages centered around a similar theme. The four programs offered include: early childhood, children’s, teen, and adult. 

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. Contact Amelea Kim with questions on this program.

New to Summer Reading and CSLP?

If you are new to Montana, or new to Summer Reading, here are some places for you to start with planning your Summer Reading program!

To Do:

  1. Create a CSLP account at the CSLP website! It's free, and gives you access to more materials and information. To create a FREE account, please follow these directions:
    • Go to CSLP's website:
    • Click on the "Log-in" button in the upper right, and click on "Register" to create your account.
    • Once you create your account, CSLP will verify your account to make sure your library is part of their membership. This may take a day or two.
    • Log-in with your account and start exploring the Summer Reading resources that CSLP has to offer! Here are some places I recommend checking out:
      • Research on Summer Reading:
        • Summer Reading Resources --> Summer Slide
        • Summer Reading Resources --> White Paper
      • Membership Benefits:
        • Membership and Information --> Rules of Use
        • Membership and Information --> Join a CSLP Committee
      • General Summer Reading Information:
        • Membership and Information --> Newsletters
  2. Be on the lookout for directions on accessing your CSLP manual in September/October! The State Library will email out directions on how to access and download the online manual from the CSLP website. You MUST have a CSLP account to access the manual. The manual is free for Montana public libraries to access.
  3. Participate in Summer Reading Brainstorm Webinars! The Montana State Library will host multiple Summer Reading Brainstorm opportunities in the months leading up to summer. These will be a mixture of webinars and in-person sessions, usually happening in January/February and at MLA in April. This is a great time to bring questions, and hear what your peers are doing.

Remember, you are welcome to reach out your CSLP representatives at any time! Currently, those are the following:

Cindy Christin, Bozeman Public Library

Amelea Kim, Montana State Library

2020 Program Theme:

Theme: Fairy Tales/Mythology/Folklore

Slogan: "Imagine Your Story"

Artist: LeUyen Pham

2020 CSLP Resources and News:

  • CSLP Artwork Announcement: CSLP sent the following email on 7/11/19 in regards to 2020 CSLP Artwork:
    • "CSLP has revised its Rules of Use and has granted more freedom to its member libraries! Starting in 2020 libraries can:

      • Use CSLP artwork and slogans on any paper good including; bookmarks, posters, reading certificates, newsletters, press releases, and activity sheets. If it is printed on paper, you can create it!
      • Use CSLP artwork as long as you like! Member libraries no longer have to worry about pulling images from their websites after the program year. All CSLP artwork created after 2017 can be used indefinitely!
      • Use CSLP artwork and slogans on any "one-of-a-kind" item. Paint the slogan on the library's windows? Yes! Create a quilt based on the artwork? Yes! Use your topiary skills and transform the library's hedge into one of the characters from a CSLP poster? Absolutely, and please send photos!
      • The revised Rules of Use can be found here:

Future CSLP Themes:

  • 2021: Animals, "Tails and Tales"
    • Artist: Salina Yoon
  • 2022: World, Social Justice, Unity, Kindness, Inclusion, Change, Diversity, Equity, Make a Difference, Embrace Different Cultures, "All Together Now"
    • Artist: Sophie Blackall

Past CSLP Themes

  • 2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories
  • 2018 Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock!
  • 2017 Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World