Coming soon…2022 Summer Reading and Oceans of Possibilities!

Collaborative Summer Library Program Summer Symposium

Who is this conference for? All library staff that are interested in summer programming.
Where is the conference? Virtually anywhere with an internet connection.
When is the conference? Thursday December 2, 2021 ~ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm (EST)
When does registration open? Now! Register here
How much is the registration fee for this virtual symposium? FREE!!!!
Where can I learn more?


CSLP Executive Director, Luke Kralik

Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count
Keynote – Liz McChesney

Elizabeth (Liz) McChesney is the 2021 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC. McChesney is the Outreach and Partnership Consultant for Laundry Literacy Coalition and the previous Director of Children’s Services and Family Engagement at Chicago Public Libraries. She serves as Senior Advisor to the Urban Libraries Council and as the Library Advisor to the National Summer Learning Association.

1:00-1:45 – Session 1
You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Flyer: Library Summer Program Marketing Crash Course

Cari Hillman, Community Engagement Director of the MidPointe Library System shares marketing tips and tricks to help make your summer a success. Scalable to libraries of all sizes, this session will outline the power of a comprehensive marketing plan and ways to use CSLP resources for your marketing.

2:00-3:00 – Session 2
What’s Great About Your Community: Extending your connections to youth and families

Join us in an informal conversation about how you can connect with the assets in your community – people, organizations, and places – to build summer services that benefit youth and families. We’ll share examples and provide an opportunity for you to explore your own community’s assets and to get feedback from others.

3:15-4:25 – Session 3
Catch the Programming Wave (with Oceans of Possibilities)!

Dive into new programming and display ideas with CSLP! We will provide oversight to the new 2022 Oceans of Possibilities manual, highlight ideas for all age groups, and delve into display concepts.

4:25-4:30 – Closing
Sessions will be recorded and made available to registered attendees.

We hope to see you then!

Public libraries have wrapped up their Summer Reading programs for 2021, and as usual, they have done an excellent job of keeping students and families engaged and learning during the summer months. We hope you were able to participate through your local public library this past summer. For 2022, the official theme is all things water and ocean related, so library staff are already hard at work planning exciting programs and events for Oceans of Possibilities! Public libraries will be reaching out to their school counterparts to collaborate on working together to provide learning activities and enriching events for students of all ages during the coming summer. Summertime means a chance to explore new books, e-books and other resources, learn new skills, and check out virtual and in person programs and activities. It’s the perfect time to discover what your local library has to offer!

To sign up for Summer Reading ​and Summer Learning and find out what YOUR local library ​has planned, be sure to check out your local library’s website in the coming months. Students, parents and educators can also find updated information, resources, and activities for summer reading in the tabs above. And don’t forget that your school library has a wealth of fantastic online resources too! Questions about Summer Reading? Contact Sharon B. Phillips, Youth Services Program Manager for the New York State Library, Division of Library Development at



Read the November newsletter here.

Read the Winter YSS newsletter here.

Summer Reading and the Summer Slide

Summer Slide is the loss of skills during the time students are not in school.” Reading during the summer helps prevent the summer slide. Learn more in the Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report.

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