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Summer Reading at New York Libraries


Collaborative Summer Library Programexternal link

  • Read Up!external link: A free 26-page resource for Summer Food Service Program sites and other feeding sites outside of libraries, featuring easy-to-implement enrichment activities that support reading, creativity, and fun.
  • Teen Video Challenge: 2021 was the last year for the long-running national Teen Video Challenge contest sponsored by CSLP and coordinated by State Library agencies. CSLP has discontinued the national competition for 2022. We hope that public and school library staff will consider coordinating a similar contest at the local level to engage teen students in their communities and encourage them to create public service type videos to promote reading and library use for Summer Reading and all year long. View the 2021 Teen Video Challenge Winnersexternal link
  • 5 Things you need to know about the 2022 CSLP Online Manualexternal link: This new tutorial video will help library staff understand how to access and best use the CSLP 2022 manual. Accessing the online manual is slightly different this year. The tutorial also includes information on how to find program ideas, how to access artwork, and how to look at past program material.
  • How to “Posterize” the CSLP Artwork, and What to do with itexternal link: This tutorial helps users get started with their artwork projects for Summer Reading. You will learn tips on how to download artwork, how to open files in Paint, and then prepare to “posterize” them. It covers the process of printing out larger images to use for a variety of completed projects.
  • How YOU can make CSLP better!external link: This video gives information on CSLP as an organization that is driven by member libraries. It also shows the various ways that library staff can contribute to CSLP. Get involved through volunteer opportunities, by submitting ideas and program content for the program manuals, or by joining one of the many active CSLP committees. Make a difference and make sure your voice is heard as CSLP plans for future Summer Programs!
  • CSLP Inclusion Resourcesexternal link: An ongoing webinar series from the CSLP Inclusion Committee. New webinar recordings will be added periodically, along with relevant resources and tips on how to make your library programs more inclusive!
  • Why CSLP?external link: This page provides helpful information and answers some commonly asked questions.
3 Apples Award

3 Apples Book Awardexternal link is a joint award from the two youth divisions of the New York Library Association: the Section of School Librarians (SSL) and the Youth Services Section (YSS).

Performers and Programs: A database Resource of Entertaining and Educational Programs

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View the Performers and Programs webinar. Presented on Friday, October 26, 2021, the webinar provides detailed information about how to navigate and effectively search the Performers and Programs database, as well as how to promote the resource to performers and presenters.

Day by Day NY Family Literacy Calendar

DayByDayexternal link is a virtual, early literacy calendar, with content that changes daily for parents and caregivers to use with their children.

Find Summer Meals

Contact Sharon Phillips at the Division of Library Development, New York State Library, Albany, NY 12230; 518-486-4863

Summer Reading at New York Libraries is funded through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.

Last Updated: June 16, 2022