Summer reading program

Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning,, 609-278-2640 ext. 116.

Statewide Summer Reading Program

2013 Summer Reading Program Statistics:

Total books read   – all ages                                       1,806,648

Total registration –  all ages                                          134,031

Total participants – all ages                                           141,178

Total programs  – all ages                                               34,095

Total program attendance – all ages                             702,498

2014 Theme is “Science”

  • Early Literacy & Children’s Slogan – “Fizz, Boom, Read!” – Artwork by Dan Santat, author/illustrator of Sidekicks, and winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World), written by Mac Barnett.
  • Teen Slogan – “Spark a Reaction” – Artwork by Tim O’Brien, illustrator of  the covers for the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic), as well as cover illustrations for many magazines including Time and Newsweek.
  • Adult Slogan – “Literary Elements” – Artwork by Larry Jones whose designs have been used for clients such as Target, Edupress, Random House, Harcourt Brace, Scholastic, and National Geographic World, among others.

NJ to Participate in the 2014 Teen Video Challenge to promote the CSLP Summer Reading Program

NJ is participating in the 2014 Teen Video Challenge (2014 TVC), a CSLP sponsored competition for teens in public libraries to create videos that promote reading, libraries, and the 2014 CSLP slogan, Spark a Reaction. Each state and CSLP member entity that chooses to participate in the 2014 TVC will organize and implement their own state competition to arrive at one winner per state to submit to CSLP as an official CSLP 2014 Teen Video to promote libraries and summer reading nationwide (note: there will be multiple CSLP winning videos). March 1, 2014 is the deadline for a library to submit your video entry form by mail to Sharon Rawlins, Youth Services Specialist, NJ State Library, 185 West State St., Trenton, NJ 08625-0520. The winner will be selected by March  10thMarch 15th is the deadline for states to submit their winning video to CSLP.

$275 will be awarded to the creators of the winning state video and their associated public library will receive prizes worth $125 from CSLP and Demco/Upstart. Winners will be announced by CSLP in spring 2014. For full details about the CSLP 2014 Teen Video Challenge and to find out how to enter the competition, please visit Each library that participates must submit an entry form and a model release form. Both forms are attached on the bottom of this page.

2014 Partnership – Bedtime Math

CSLP is excited to announce a brand new partnership with Bedtime Math, the nonprofit spearheading a nationwide movement to help kids love math. Beginning with the 2014 summer reading program, CSLP is working with Bedtime Math’s Summer of Numbers, a companion to the Fizz, Boom, Read summer reading program. Kids can log onto or download its app for iPhone or Android to get zany daily math riddles – all for free. Kids can track their progress using Bedtime Math’s constellation map and shiny star stickers, which are available through the CSLP website. For more information, please see this Bedtime Math Flyer. For local promotion, you can use this poster.

2015 Theme is “Heroes”

  • Children’s Slogan – “Every Hero Has a Story” – Artwork by Jarrett Krosoczka, author/illustrator of the popular children’s graphic novel series Lunch Lady.
  • Teen Slogan – “Unmask!” – Artwork by Hope Larson, illustrator of the graphic novels Mercury, and A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, among others.
  • Adult Slogan – “Escape the Ordinary”

2016 Theme is “Wellness/Sports/Fitness”


New Jersey is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).  All fifty states, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa and the Mariana Islands are members of CSLP.  The CSLP website allows any New Jersey public library access to special features and an online order form, but you now must follow the easy registration process to access the membership area of the website. Any public library staff member is eligible to use the registration system to access this members-only area.

The New Jersey Summer Reading Program, coordinated by the New Jersey Statewide Summer Reading Committee through the NJ Library Association, with funding from the New Jersey State Library, encourages children and families to read for fun during the summer.  The NJ Summer Reading Programs website maintains a directory of performers; programming ideas for children, teens and adults; information about discounts for summer reading prizes; registration information for summer reading workshops; a survey link for statistics from your program and a message board for librarians to share their ideas and suggestions pertaining to the summer reading program. It is also on  Facebook.


Manual, Incentives, Clip Art, Reproducible Forms

All public libraries receive one free children’s, teen and adult manual with  accompanying DVDs and an order form for summer reading materials from the Upstart Company, the contracted vendor for CSLP. Public libraries participating in the 2014 Summer Reading Program will receive a children’s banner, a children’s, teen, and adult poster and children’s and teen bookmarks for free courtesy of the NJ Summer Reading Program.

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.

You can also create 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.

Adult Summer Reading Program

The CSLP is once again offering an adult summer reading program. The NJ Summer Reading Program does include a printed adult summer reading manual which was sent to all public libraries. You can order materials for this program directly from Upstart.

Early Literacy Summer Reading Manual and Other Downloadable Materials

The CSLP is once again offering an early literacy summer reading manual. The manual is included in the packet of manuals that was sent to all public libraries. You can also find downloadable children’s signing videos, slogans in Spanish and PSAs for the summer reading programs on the Downloads page.


If you participate in the summer reading program, the New Jersey Statewide Summer Reading Committee would like to have some feedback. A link to a survey will be posted on the NJ Summer Reading website at the end of summer. Be sure that you keep statistics of the number of participants, programs offered and the attendance, and number of books read during the summer reading program, preferably using the Evanced Summer Reader software, so that you will be prepared to report back. This report will be due in October of each year.

Advocating for the Summer Reading Program

You may also want to check these resources if you want to explain why your summer reading program needs community financial support: CSLPs Summer Reading Research Page.

Promoting Your Program

To hear and download radio public service announcements for the 2014 summer reading programs for children and teens, visit the CSLP web page, where these are 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 web page. Other tips for publicizing your summer reading program for maximum participation are available in this years manual.

For More Information

Questions should be addressed to the NJ Summer Reading Program Co-Chairs Chrissie McGovern and Mary Eckland marye@cmclibrary or the Project Manager/State Representative, Sharon Rawlins,

Attached Files

File Size
Model Release Form CSLP_2014 161 kB
SparkTVCEntryFormNewJersey 1 MB