Alaska Summer Reading Program
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).
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.
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.
Get Ready for Summer Reading
Summer Reading 101
Programming and Advocacy Resources
- New! Readers Take the Lead! An Infographic of the 2016 SRP in Alaska.
- Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun: An online toolkit to expand summer reading to summer learning
- An Inclusive Summer Reading 2015 List for Kids and Young Adults (American Indians in Children’s Literature)
- Why Summer Reading? (PDF)
- Preventing Summer Reading Loss (PDF)
- CSLP’s Summer Reading Benefits
: Build a Better World
: Libraries Rock (music theme)
Promoting Your Summer Reading Program
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 Programs Presentation (2/26/2016)
- 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