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Summer Reading Program

2019 Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) "A Universe of Stories" manuals have arrived!

Supported by LSTA funding & IMLS, KDLA will provide all libraries who completed the 2018 Kentucky Summer Reading Program survey one free manual, via USB drive. Distribution will be through the upcoming KDLA Youth Services Retreat, so please designate a library representative to claim your library’s manual. Alternate distribution plans for libraries unable to attend the retreat will be forthcoming.

FYI, all Kentucky libraries are members of CSLP because KDLA supports membership via LSTA funding, although you are not required to use the program.

Access to the online store to browse and shop for 2019 incentive items is now live, via the website (once you are logged in) or directly here:

P.S. Got a couple of extra minutes? If so, we would love your feedback: Survey: Value of CSLP Membership and Materials


The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries nationwide through its Science‐Technology Activities and Resources Library Network (STAR Net).

STAR Net‘s STEM Activity Clearinghouse provides library staff access to nearly 200 high quality, vetted STEM activities that are perfect for the library setting. Of particular note is the “Universe of Stories” Collection which includes 80+ activities that compliment this year's CSLP summer reading theme.

Visit STAR Net to learn more.

​Why is Summer Reading important?

Programming, materials, and activities for elementary-aged children should be a core part of every library’s offerings year-round. Traditionally, summer reading programs are designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.

​​​​​ ​ ​ ​ ​The benefits of summer reading progr​a​mming for children​

Children are motivated t​o read.​​

Children d​evelop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.


Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.

Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.

Children have access to experiences through ​which they can learn to work cooperatively.


Local public libraries have programs to keep children reading and learning all summer. Whether counting the amount of time your children spend reading or the number of books they have read this summer, children who join the summer reading program at their public library keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed.


This project is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services​.