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.
How did Alaska do in 2017?
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The Alaska State Library cooperates with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 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
Archived Webinar: Summer Reading 101, 01/25/2018
This webinar is an introduction to the Statewide Summer Reading Program. During this webinar we will discuss some important summer reading timelines, how summer reading programs help children maintain their reading skills and some possible programming and partnership ideas. There will be also be time for participants to share how they plan to incorporate the Libraries Rock! music theme into their summer reading program.
Programming and Advocacy Resources
- 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)
- Diverse Book Finders' mission is to diversify and balance bookshelves everywhere, that all our children can find themselves reflected and celebrated in libraries, schools and homes across the nation.
- 2016 American Indian Youth Literature Award
- Why Summer Reading? (PDF)
- Preventing Summer Reading Loss (PDF)
- CSLP’s Summer Reading Benefits
Slogans & Themes
- : A Universe of Stories (space theme, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon)
- : Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy
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.
- 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
- Lunar & Planetary Institute: Family Space Days activities that are out of this world!
- National Summer Learning Association: National non-profit organization focused on closing the achievement gap by investing in summer learning.
- Read Aloud 15 Minutes: Encourages parents to read aloud to their children for 15 minutes every day.
Source: Alaska State Library — http://library.alaska.gov