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Summer Reading Program: 2021 Themed Resources

Tails and Tales

Tri-State Summer Summit

The Tri-State Summer Summit, held on February  10 & 11, 2021, was a free, virtual event hosted by the Connecticut State Library, the Massachusetts Library System, and the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. The keynote speaker, Abdul-Razak Zachariah, author of The Night is Yours was followed by a panel conversation with Statewide Summer Library Program staff from RI, CT, & MA.  Sessions also covered topics such as school partnerships, burnout, podcasting, and flexibility & responsiveness.

Credit Line

Using IMLS funding, OLIS provides public libraries with iREAD guides and promotional materials.Libraries that have received a guide, posters, and bookmarks, and that use any iREAD 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.

CSLP Manuals

Each year CSLP produces manuals for planning, implementing, and evaluating a quality summer reading program aligned with a specific theme and slogan. Manuals include a multitude of resources for Early Literacy, Youth, Teen, and Adult programs. OLIS purchases and distributes the USB format of the manual to public libraries each November. Manuals include the slogans and artwork for print and digital promotion of the Summer Reading Program.

Access to the online manual is also available at Please contact Danielle Margarida at for the online manual code and see the instructions below for information on accessing the online manual.

Health Programming from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

For a third year, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has partnered with the Collaborative Summer Library Program to bring health programming to your library for Summer Reading. Look for the NNLM content in the 2021 CSLP manual or visit the links below.

SciStarter Citizen Science Tails and Summer Tales

SciStarter has partnered with CSLP to offer thematic citizen science projects and resources for all ages. To help support libraries this summer, and help make citizen science content easily available, SciStater has put together a Tails and Tales themed blog:

Diversity and Inclusion

Tails and Tales PSAs

The "base" files for adding your library's own logo or text can be found in the online manual on the "Additional Program Tools" tab, under the Manual Downloads drop down. Use the link below to access the base files (must be logged into the CSLP site to have access).  View the video tutorial to get started customizing the PSAs.

CSLP Social Media Toolkit

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has created sample posts and created graphics for your library to use on social media, which you will find in the 2021 Tails & Tales Social Media Toolkit. The document is a living one, so the CSLP social media team will keep it updated as Summer 2021 approaches. Looking forward to seeing & sharing #TailsandTales posts from your libraries! Remember you can follow CSLP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest: @CSLPreads. CSLP also offers two Facebook Groups for member library staff: Feeding the Whole Child and the Official Summer Library Programming group.