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Colorado Statewide Summer Reading Program


  • The theme and slogan for all ages for the 2017 summer program is Build a Better World!
  • The 2017 Colorado Teen Video Challenge deadline has passed; stay tuned for announcement of the winning Colorado video! This is a fun opportunity for teens to create a short video that promotes reading and public libraries to other teens. Please go to the Challenge webpage for all the info. 
  • Catch the archive of the Fall Youth Services Workshop, Webinar Edition:
    It's available to view anytime at your convenience.
  • A resource handout from the workshop is also available that includes websites and books about summer library programs in general and the Build a Better World theme: 2016 Fall Youth Services Resource Handout
  • View so many excellent ideas for the Build a Better World theme compiled from all 4 recent youth services workshops, and please add to this living document:
  • Check out these recommendations for performers for summer and year round from your Colorado library colleagues.
  • Interested in an online reading program system? The State Library is sponsoring a limited number of Colorado public libraries to use of ReadingRecord for free or a discounted rate. Find out more here.
  • Read about the benefits to kids of reading over the summer, best practices for summer reading programs, and research needs in CSLP's (Collaborative Summer Library Program) Summer Reading White Paper.
  • CSLP has great allies! Visit the the CSLP Allies webpage to learn more about the allies and how your library can benefit!
  • Thinking ahead?
    • The theme for 2018 is Music, All-ages slogan: Libraries Rock!
    • The theme for 2019 is Space, slogan TBA
  • Be sure to join the Colorado youth services email list (CYS-Lib) to keep informed about when manuals and basic kits are being sent out, how to apply for mini-grants and register for Fall Youth Services workshops, and other helpful information.

About Summer Learning in Colorado Libraries

Colorado is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), a grassroots 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 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.The participating systems and states develop a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas.

Especially for Educators

Especially for Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers

Summer Reading Parent Tips (PDF): Simple activities for your family this summer to help keep your kids and teens reading--and having fun while doing so!


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