Alaska Summer Reading Program

Alaska Summer Reading Program 2015

Every Hero Has a Story slogan

Sponsorship

The Alaska State Library cooperates with the Alaska Library Association each year to sponsor a statewide summer reading program theme. The State Library provides a basic starter kit of materials and a program manual to each of Alaska's participating public libraries. The materials are developed in a cooperative with 49 other states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories as part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

The CSLP website allows any Alaska public library access to special features and an online order form. You will need to register in order to access the membership area of the website. Any Alaska public library is eligible to use the registration system to access this members-only area.

This Year's Themes

 

“This summer, we celebrate many types of heroes: the heroes of all ages who walk through the doors of the library each day; the heroes who have made their marks on history; the heroes who keep our communities safe, clean, and productive; and high-profile superheroes. No doubt your library’s shelves are full of outstanding fiction and nonfiction books about heroes of all kinds. From the youngest child to the strongest, mightiest crusader; each and every hero has his or her own story to tell. We recognize that all children have the potential to be heroes through words and actions; children are encouraged to discover the superheroes within themselves as they dress up, explore art projects and games, complete a variety of feats and deeds, and—of course—read!”

Amanda Struckmeyer, Editor
2015 Collaborative Summer Library Program Childrens’ Manual

 

Children's Program: Every Hero Has a Story

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the designer for the 2015 children summer reading program. He has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a child. Jarrett has authored and/or illustrated more than twenty-five published books-including the popular Patypus Police Squad novels which have been nominated for several state awards.

Learn more about Jarrett J. Krosoczka from his website http://www.studiojjk.com.

Teen Summer Reading: Unmask!

Hope Larson designed the 2015 teen summer reading program. She is the author of six graphic novels, including the novel adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).

Learn more about Hope Larson by visiting her blog http://www.hopelarson.com/blog/

New! Teens across the country are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 teen slogan Unmask in combination with reading and libraries. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience. $150 will be awarded to the creators of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes worth at least $50 from CSLP and Demco/Upstart. Winners will be announced by CSLP in April 2015.

  • Alaska Entry Form (PDF)
  • Member State Winning Video Submission Form (PDF)
  • Model Release Form (PDF)

Adult Program: Escape the Ordinary

More and more public libraries in Alaska are trying an adult summer reading program. What about giving it a try at your library this year? An adult program can be much more low-key than the children’s program is, and you may find someone in your community who would like to initiate your local adult summer reading program. The State Library does not supply materials for the adult summer reading program. But the summer reading manual that each public receives includes a section on ideas for running an adult summer reading program and materials are available at low cost from the Collaborative Summer Library Program site http://www.cslpreads.org/order.html (Remember you must register to be able to get into the order form.).

Materials

Manual and Participation Forms

Summer Reading Program Invitation Letter from Julie Niederhauser (PDF)

All public libraries receive one free manual from the Alaska State Library as well as a participation form (PDF) AND an order form for summer reading materials from the Upstart/Demco Company, the contracted vendor for CSLP. If your library did not receive a manual or participation form, please contact Cate Remme (1.800.776.6566 in Alaska or 269.6570 in Anchorage) at the Alaska State Library Anchorage office. Please note the deadlines on the Alaska State Library participation form and the Upstart/Demco in order to ensure timely delivery. The deadline for the 2015 materials from the State Library is November 24, 2014.  

Participation forms and manuals are sent to each public library in Alaska in October every year.

Clip Art and Reproducible Forms

Clip art is available in color and black and white on DVDs included in the 2014 manual. Clip art is also available in the manual in black and white for photocopying. There are also reproducible forms and handouts included on the DVD. If your library does not have a DVD player, you may request a CD version by writing to Cate Remme.

Other Materials

Each participating library fills out a participation form (PDF) emails the Anchorage Office at aslanc@alaska.gov with the information requested on the form will get a starter kit of materials for 25 or 50 participants. If you have a larger population or you want to order additional reading incentives and other materials that you don't receive from the State Library, you may order more or different materials from the CSLP site. You will have to register at the CSLP site to access the online order form.

You can also make your own supplementary materials if you prefer and adapt the program to your community’s needs by using the materials, clip art, and digital art that come with the manual and the accompanying DVD. There are rules for use of the artwork, so please respect these and general copyright laws. Check with the Alaska State Library Anchorage office if you have questions.

Adult Summer Reading Program

More and more public libraries in Alaska are trying an adult summer reading program. What about giving it a try at your library this year? An adult program can be much more low-key than the children’s program is, and you may find someone in your community who would like to initiate your local adult summer reading program. The State Library does not supply materials for the adult summer reading program. But the summer reading manual that each public receives includes a section on ideas for running an adult summer reading program and materials are available at low cost from the Collaborative Summer Library Program site http://www.cslpreads.org/order.html (Remember you must register to be able to get into the order form.).

Planning Your Summer Reading Program

If you would like to read more about planning a summer reading program, the Alaska State Library has the following titles, which you can borrow through interlibrary loan:

  • Across Cultures: A guide to multicultural literature for children by Kathy East (Libraries Unlimited, 2007)
  • Children’s Services: Partnerships for Success edited by Betsy Diamant-Cohen (American Library Association, 2010)
  • Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the reading gap by Michael Sullivan (American Library Association, 2009)
  • Fiore’s Summer Library Reading Program Handbook by Carole D. Fiore (Neal-Schumann, 2005)
  • Getting Connected: Tech Programs for Teens by RoseMary Honnold (Neal-Schumann, 2007)
  • Quick and Popular Reads for Teens edited by Pam Spencer Holley (Youth Adult Library Services Association, 2009)
  • Sizzling Summer Reading Programs for Young Adults 2d ed. by Katharine L. Kan (American Library Association, 2006)

Evaluation and Reports

If you receive summer reading materials for your library, the Alaska State Library requires that you provide feedback. The State Library will send you a report form and an evaluation of the materials. Be sure that you keep statistics of participants and volunteers during the summer reading program so that you will be prepared to report back. You will be asked to report the number of children, teens, and volunteers in your program and be given an opportunity to provide feedback about how the program worked for you. This report will be due in September of 2015

Advocating for the Summer Reading Program

In addition to consulting some of the print resources above, you may also want to check these resources if you want to explain why your summer reading program needs community financial support:

Promoting Your Program

To hear and download radio public service announcements for the 2015 summer reading programs for children and teens, visit the CSLP web page, where these are usually posted in the spring for easy downloading. (If your community doesn’t have a local radio station, perhaps your school would play them on the morning announcements).

Also available at this site are video spots and tips about how to use these announcements to promote your library’s programs. If you have a library website, you might want to run these on your webpage. The Anchorage Office of the Alaska State Library will have a limited number of these video spots on DVD for you to borrow.

Other tips for publicizing your summer reading program for maximum participation are available in this year’s manual.

For More Information

Contact Julie Niederhauser, Alaska State Library, via e-mail or at 907-465-2916.



Page last updated 11/04/2014

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