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.
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 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.
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.
- Training Information
- Food That's In, When School is Out! (PDF slides by Alicia Maryott)
- What is SFSP? (PDF slides by Dynasti Otis)
- Food for Mind and Body (PDF slides by Elizabeth Nicolai)
- Fuel Up with Summer Food (PDF)
- 2016 Summer Kids Food Service Application (PDF)
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
: 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)
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. Below are some helpful resources to get you started:
- Summer Food Service Program
- Summer Meals Toolkit
- Find Summer Meals in Your Community
- USDA Teaming up with Libraries
- USDA Teaming up with Libraries – Read and Feed: Feeding Young Minds and Bodies During the Summer (a webinar presented on Friday, May 2, 2014)
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