Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program
Each summer, public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs designed to promote, encourage and support reading. These programs help to mitigate the phenomenon known as the "summer slide" or summer learning loss.
The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing 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, participating libraries complete and submit a summer reading program report and evaluation. The information from evaluations help the Alaska State Library plan meet federal grant requirements.
Get Ready for Summer Reading
Webinar: Summer Reading 101
Programming and Advocacy Resources
- STEM Activity Clearinghouse
- Programming Ideas for Librarians
- NASA STEM Workshop
- Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun [PDF]: An online toolkit to expand summer reading to summer learning
- 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.
- 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award
- CSLP’s Summer Reading Benefits
- Summer Reading Infographics:
Slogans & Themes
- : Imagine Your Story (Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy theme)
- : Tails and Tales (Animals theme)
- : All Together Now (World Unity, Kindness, Inclusion theme)
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.
- 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.
- STAR Net: Science-technology & resources for libraries.
Page last updated 05/01/2019