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State of Rhode Island

Office of Library & Information Services

Summer Reading Program: Home

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.

2020: "Imagine Your Story"

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: TBD
Theme: Oceans
Artist: Sophie Blackall

2023: TBD
Theme: TBD
Artist: Frank Morrison

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.

Performers/Presenters

To better connect libraries and presenters to support educational, cultural, recreational, and civic programming in libraries, OLIS has launched the Library Presenter Directory (LPD). The LPD is an online clearinghouse for information about program presenters, as submitted by presenters, for the use of Rhode Island libraries. For more information about the LPD including how to register, list programs, and search the directory, please visit:

Help spread the word! Rhode Island has an abundance of talented presenters who can offer a wide array of programs to libraries. OLIS encourages libraries to promote this new service to successful presenters you have engaged for your library so that we can create a rich and diverse directory of presenters. Please send the link listed above or the email listed below to presenters who may wish to be included in the LPD.