Alaska Summer Reading Program

On Your Mark, Get Set... READ! 2016 slogan

Each summer, public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs designed to promote, encourage and support literacy; while also keeping students reading. These summer reading programs recognize that students need to practice reading if they are going to mitigate and reverse the summer slide. Additionally, these summer reading programs have a positive effect on family literacy, as students involved in summer reading model positive reading behavior. To support Summer Reading, the Alaska State Library is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

We invite all public librarians in Alaska to join the Summer Reading Program this year. Watch On Your Mark, Get Set... READ! a 40-second video to learn how to host a summer reading program in your community.

2016 Library Participation Form

If your library would like to participate or continue participating in the Alaska Summer Reading Program, please complete our Library Participation Form by .

2016 Alaska Teen Video Challenge

Attention Teens: You could win $150 and an award for your library by creating a video promoting Summer Reading! State Winners will be recognized across the country.


The Alaska State Library cooperates with the Alaska Library Association each year to sponsor a statewide summer reading program. The Alaska State Library provides a basic starter kit of materials and a summer reading program manual to each library participating in the statewide program.

2015 Summer Reading Program Report & Evaluation

At the conclusion of the summer reading program, librarians complete and submit their summer reading program report and evaluation. The information from these reports help us plan and support future summer reading programs and meet our federal grant requirements.

New! How did Alaska do in 2015?

View our infographic to find out! (JPG) | (PDF)

Get Ready for Summer Reading

How to Incorporate a Summer Food Service Program in Your Library

It is a well-known fact that hungry children have a harder time concentrating and learning in school. To combat this learning-loss, schools offer free or reduced lunches to low income children. During the summer these children lose access to these meals. In an effort to help these children, public libraries have started partnering with the Food Bank of Alaska and the Alaska Child Nutrition Program to offer a lunch as part of their summer reading program. Presented on 2/26/2016 by: Dynasti Otis, Child Nutrition Manager for Food Bank of Alaska, Alicia Stephens, SFSP & CACFP At-Risk Specialist for the Alaska Child Nutrition Programs, and Elizabeth Nicolai, Youth Services Coordinator for the Anchorage Public Library.

Summer Reading 101 Webinar

During this webinar we discussed how to use your summer reading manual, programming and partnership ideas and some terrific online summer reading resources. Recorded on November 3, 2015.

Archive available on YouTube (27 minutes).

Programming and Advocacy Resources

Slogans & Themes

: Wellness, Fitness, and Sports

  • Children: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
  • Teen: Get in the Game: Read
  • Adults: Exercise Your Mind – Read

: Build a Better World

2018: Libraries Rock (music theme)

Promoting Your Summer Reading Program

Public service radio announcements and video clips are available from the CSLP Proprietary Downloads webpage.

Artwork & Reproducible Forms

Each year, CSLP works with selected artists to develop thematic artwork that may be used for programming and promotional purposes e.g. fliers, posters, social media sites and reading records. Artwork is found on the DVD/CDs included in the manuals. Additional artwork is available from the CSLP website. Before using the artwork check the list of restricted or prohibited uses.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Libraries throughout Alaska have begun partnering with the Summer Food Service Program as a way to improve services for underserved children and low-income families. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally-funded program that provides free, nutritious meals to children age 18 or younger living in low-income areas, or pockets of poverty during the summer months when school is not in session. Below are some helpful resources to get you started:

Summer Reading National Partners

CSLP has formed partnerships designed to strengthen the work of public libraries providing summer reading programs with several national organizations. Below is a list of just a few of CSLP’s partner organizations.

Page last updated 05/04/2016

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