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Summer Library Program: CSLP

This guide covers everything you need to plan, promote, and execute your summer library program for all ages!


About CSLP

The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a grassroots consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

By combining resources and working with an exclusive contracted vendor to produce materials designed  for CSLP members, public libraries in participating states or systems can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings.

The participating systems and states develop a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas.

CSLP began in 1987 when ten Minnesota regional library systems developed a summer library program for children, choosing a theme, creating artwork and selecting incentives that public libraries in the regions could purchase and use. State libraries and systems continue to join and CSLP continues to evolve, but its guiding principle remains the same, librarians sharing ideas, expertise and costs to produce a high-quality summer reading program for children.

CSLP Upcoming Themes

2021: Tails and Tales

Few children’s illustrators are as uniquely suited to an animals themed program as Salina Yoon. Picture her work with ducks, penguins, and porcupines! Are you excited yet? It is quite possible that new levels of adorableness will be discovered in 2021.

CSLP Resources

Here are some resources from CSLP you may find useful:

How to Use CSLP Media

CSLP’s exclusive vendor contracts with artists to create art for the youth, teen, and adult summer library programs each year to create a poster, bookmark, and spot art in black and white and color. The exclusive vendor negotiates with each artist a worldwide exclusive use of their art for CSLP for a limited time. The copyright for the art rests with the artist.

The value to CSLP and its exclusive vendor is the exclusivity of the art and its use. The exclusive vendor must know there will be an exclusive market to justify their large investment in inventory before a single product is sold. CSLP derives the majority of its income from a license fee (for the use of the CSLP Name and logo) paid to CSLP by the exclusive vendor, based upon the gross sales of all products produced by CSLP’s exclusive vendor.Due to copyright and contractual arrangements between the exclusive vendor and the artists and the exclusive vendor and CSLP, CSLP members are expected to be aware of the following rules of use.

The best practice is to check with the CSLP Rules of Use to see the latest changes and updates.

Attributing CSLP Materials

Please remember to put this credit line on all your Summer Programming signs, press releases, posters, websites and promotions!

"Tails and Tales" is sponsored by your local library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

We encourage you to replace "your local library" with the name of your library.