Summer Reading

Arkansas participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). The CSLP is a national grassroots consortium of libraries working together to promote interest in reading and library use, including the development and implementation of high-quality summer reading programs.

By combining resources and working with a commercial vendor to produce materials designed exclusively 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.

As a member of CSLP, The Arkansas State Library provides the following services to public libraries in Arkansas to enhance Summer Reading programs:

  • Pays for the annual membership so that Arkansas public libraries have access to the content, materials and products created, produced and distributed by the membership body of CSLP.
  • Purchases Summer Reading manuals, promotional items and some program materials on behalf of participating public libraries.
  • Serves as a liaison between CSLP and Arkansas public libraries.
  • Provides program input at the annual CSLP meeting and casts the Arkansas vote on themes, materials and incentives.
  • Offers training, facilitates discussion, and hosts brainstorming sessions for public library staff on how to implement successful Summer Reading programs.

To participate in a Summer Reading program, contact your local public library. Check the library directory to find a branch near you!


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