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).
If your library would like to participate or continue participating in the Alaska Summer Reading Program, please complete our Library Participation Form by .
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.
At the conclusion of your summer reading program, you must complete and submit your 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.
Be sure you keep statistics of participants during the summer reading program so you will be prepared to report back. The Summer Reading Program Report & Evaluation Form must be submitted as soon as possible.
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.
WebEx Recording (27 minutes)
Programming and Advocacy Resources
Theme: Wellness, Fitness, and Sports
- Children: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
- Teen: Get in the Game: Read
- Adults: Exercise Your Mind – Read
Theme: Build a Better World
Public service radio announcements and video clips are available from the CSLP Proprietary Downloads webpage.
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.
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.
Summer Meals Toolkit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cnd/SMT-TipsforSponsors.pdf
For more information: https://education.alaska.gov/tls/cnp/sfsp.html
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.
- Bedtime Math – Be a Math Hero not a Zero by including math into your library’s summer reading program with Bedtime Math’s Summer of Numbers
- CWIST – Include fun challenges with a twist in your library program to keep young readers reading all summer long.
- Lunar & Planetary Institute – Family Space Days activities that are out of this world!
- National Park Service
Source: Alaska State Library — http://library.alaska.gov