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Rhode Island Statewide Summer Reading Program

OLIS sponsors the Summer Reading Program, a cooperative effort among libraries in Rhode Island to motivate children and teens to read for pleasure and to help them maintain reading skills during the summer months. The Summer Reading Program also encompasses adult programs that encourage adults to explore new genres, pursue new interests, and model lifelong learning and reading to children and teens. OLIS is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a national collaboration of state library agencies and associations that works to develop materials that support a high-quality summer reading program for children, teens, and adults. The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

CSLP Survey

The Statistics Committee of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is conducting a survey to better understand how public library staff use and value CSLP membership and materials. This short survey should only take a few minutes and all public library staff who develop and implement a children's, teen, and/or adult summer library program are encouraged to participate. The survey will be open until September 27, 2019.

2019: "A Universe of Stories"

Future Program Themes

2020: "Imagine Your Story"
Theme: Fairy Tales/Mythology/Fantasy
Artist: LeUyen Pham

2021: "Tails and Tales"
Theme: Animals
Artist: Salina Yoon

2022: "All Together Now"
Theme: Unity/Kindness
Artist: Sophie Blackall

2023: TBD
Theme: TBD
Artist: Frank Morrison

Reporting Statistics to OLIS

Statistics collection for the children's and young adult  Summer Reading Program will take place August 9th – September 30th. There will be one online survey for collecting children's and YA program numbers, and libraries will be asked to designate one staff member to submit one form for both programs. Completion of the statistics collection is required to receive 2020 SRP materials. There will be a separate survey for collecting statistics for the adult program.

Join a CSLP Committee

Committees are the lifeblood of the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The hard work and creativity of our volunteers shape both the program and the organization. Strong committee participation leads to a strong CSLP.

While the duties vary, committee obligations generally run for one calendar year, and are renewable up to five times. Sign-ups for 2020 are from Aug 12 - Sept 27, 2019. All committee work is done virtually; either through email, or through phone or online meetings. Attending the CSLP Annual Meeting is not required.

If you are already a committee member, please fill out the committee form below to confirm your continued participation.

Credit Line

Using IMLS funding, OLIS provides public libraries with CSLP manuals and vouchers to purchase CSLP licensed materials for planning and promoting the Summer Reading Program. Libraries that have received a manual and voucher, and that use any CSLP materials (including the slogan and artwork) must use the following credit line on ALL SRP signs, press releases, posters, websites and promotions. Libraries may personalize this credit line by adding the library’s name and the names of local sponsors at the end:

The statewide Rhode Island Summer Reading Program is supported by the RI Office of Library and Information Services, with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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