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Summer Reading Program

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

Statewide Summer Reading Program

2017 Summer Reading Program Statistics:

Total books read   – all ages2,107,511
Total registration –  all ages 139,869
Total participants – all ages 170,944
Total programs  – all ages  31,178
Total program attendance – all ages 702,613

(All ages = children, teens, adults)

2018 Theme and Slogan for all ages is “Libraries Rock!

The illustrators for the 2018 program are:

Early Literacy & Children’s program: Brian Pinkney
Teen and Adult program: Larry Jones


Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Announces the Winners of the

2017 Teen Video Challenge!

NJ again participated in the 2017 Teen Video Challenge (2017 TVC), a CSLP sponsored national video competition for teens to create videos that promote reading, libraries, and the 2017 CSLP teen summer reading slogan and theme, “Build a Better World.” The winning video was created by four teens from the Bordentown Branch of the Burlington County Library System.

They titled it Books are the Building Blocks and infused it with their unique interpretation of the 2017 teen slogan Build a Better World  in combination with reading and libraries.

Their winning video has be named one of the CSLP 2017 Teen Videos to promote summer reading nationwide. Each individual teen and the Bordentown Branch Library of the Burlington County Library System received a certificate of recognition and their library received a gift certificate to purchase prizes worth up to $50 from Upstart, the CSLP summer reading vendor. The winners from each participating state were announced by CSLP on April 12, 2017.

To view all the winners, visit  the Teen Video Challenge  on CSLP’s website.

CSLP is a consortium of public libraries and state library agencies throughout the United States, its territories, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, who are working together, sharing ideas, expertise, and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults.

2019 Theme is Space and the Slogan is “A Universe of Stories


2020 Theme is Fairy Tales/Mythology/Fantasy



New Jersey is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).  All fifty states, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, the Federated Islands of Micronesia, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are members of CSLP.  The CSLP website allows staff from all New Jersey public libraries to access the special features,  online order form and other materials on the site, but to access them, you must register first. Any public library staff member is eligible to use the registration system to access the resources found on this members-only website.

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 everyone of all ages to read for fun during the summer.  The NJ Summer Reading Program 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; and a survey link for statistics from your program. The website is restricted to NJ public librarians or staff and you must first register to access the website. However, there are resources under the Educators Tab that can be accessed without having to register to access the website.

The NJ Summer Reading Program is also on  Facebook.


Manual, Incentives, Clip Art, Reproducible Forms

All public libraries are given one password for their library building to share to access the online manuals for early literacy, children, teens and adults. All public libraries will only get online access to all of the manuals in 2018. They also receive an incentives catalog with an order form for summer reading materials from the Upstart/Demco, the contracted vendor for CSLP. Public libraries participating in the Summer Reading Program will receive a children’s banner, a children’s, teen, and adult poster and children’s, teen, and adult bookmarks for free courtesy of the NJ Summer Reading Program. These will be shipped to them directly from Upstart in the spring of 2018.

Clip art is available in color and black and white and included in the online 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 online manual.

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 online manuals. There are rules for use of the artwork, so please respect these and general copyright laws.

Other Downloadable Materials

You can also find downloadable children’s signing videos, slogans in Spanish and PSAs for the summer reading programs on the Downloads page of the CSLP website.


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 by August 15th of  each 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 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: CSLP’s Summer Reading Research Page.

Promoting Your Program

To hear and download radio public service announcements for the current year’s 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 Chair Natalie Cheetham at njlasummerreading@gmail.com or the Project Coordinator/State Representative, Sharon Rawlins, srawlins@njstatelib.org.

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