Highlights from the Collaborative Summer Library Program Annual Meeting

Collaborative Summer Library Program

Annual Meeting

April 15 – 17, 2015

Newport, Rhode Island



Each year a member state volunteers to host the Collaborative Summer Library Program annual meeting. Last year it was held in Mississippi, this year Rhode Island, and next year it will be in Utah.

As usual, a lot was covered during this year’s annual meeting. I noticed a difference in how smoothly things were going, how much work had been done in committee before hand, and how open everyone was to ways of incorporating new ideas into the program. Over the 8 years that I have attended these meetings, CSLP has grown from a teenager to a mature adult with a twinkle in her/his eye. This can only mean better things ahead for all member libraries.

I hope that more librarians in New York State will look over the committees listed on the CSLP website and contact me about joining one. We already have a presence on the PR and Marketing, Budget, and Vendor Committees. The planning of the 2017 manuals (Early Childhood, Children, Teen, and Adult) is starting now. I hope that New York State can gain a presence and voice on some of these manual committees as well.

Karen Balsen

Coordinator, Summer Reading at New York Libraries

New York State Library




Highlights from the 2015 CSLP Annual Meeting:

  • CSLP has a newly designed website. Please visit the website and sign up for a user name and password to get full access to the entire site. Even without logging in a great deal of resources are available for anyone to access. Log-in and full access is only available to individuals affiliated with a public library (or public library system). http://www.cslpreads.org/
  • CSLP has a new logo –


  • Kate DiCamillo is the official CSLP ambassador for summer reading. By logging into the CSLP website you will be able to view and download promotional clips featuring Kate. She will be available for presentation in 2016. I have contacted CSLP so that libraries in NYS could be first on her list – more info to follow.
  • The CSLP Summer Reading PSA for Children is available for viewing on the CSLP website (log in needed). Please watch for a NYS customized version that will be available through summerreadingnys.org.
  • The 2016 theme is sports and fitness. The slogan is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” For CSLP this is the children’s slogan with a different slogan and artwork for the teen and adult programs. NYS will be using this one slogan for 2016.
  • For 2016 the Manual will be adding a lot of Math Programming thanks to CSLP’s partner, Bedtime Math http://bedtimemath.org/.
  • The contract with Upstart to create all official CSLP products was renewed.
  • Big news for 2017:
    • There will be one slogan for all programs. The original artwork will continue to be different for each program.
    • The 2017 theme is architecture and building
    • The 2017 slogan is: Build a Better World
    • For 2017, CSLP will contract directly with the artist for the Children and Early Childhood artwork. Therefore, the Rules for Use (restrictions) for these materials will be changing. The artwork for Teen and Adult programs will be contracted through Upstart (as usual)
    • For 2017, the Early Childhood Manual will identify which of the 5 ECRR2 practices each activity supports.
  • CSLP is in the process of hiring an Executive Director. To date, CSLP has been a totally volunteer organization with the exception of employing Day Associates to take care of all office management work.
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New York State Library

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.