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Ohio Summer Reading Program

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Learn about the benefits of summer reading programs and share them with your community.


SRP News, updated 4/28/15:

The CSLP's Every Hero Has a Story PSA is available for free download in English and Spanish, in various video and audio formats, from the members area of the CSLP website.  The link goes to a freely available version on YouTube that antone can share or embed on your website and social media.  The winning videos in CSLP's Teen Video Challenge are also available for libraries to use and share to promote their 2015 SRP.  Check out the Ohio winner, "Groovy Groo and the Book Muncher", and enjoy all the state winners.

The Ohio State Parks and Ohio State Fair incentives are now available.  Any Ohio public library may distribute coupons good for $4 off entrance to the State Fair to readers 5-14 years old.  Any Ohio public library may distribute certificates for 50% off camping at Ohio State Parks.  The State Parks certificate is for all ages.  Contact the State Library to obtain master copies of these incentives.

Learn how libraries can support the well-being of children and end child hunger in Ohio by participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

The 2015 Ohio SRP Community Connections list (PDF) is now available for download.  This is a list of Ohio attractions and establishments that align with the Heroes/Superheroes theme.

Check out these resources to help you plan and present your SRP.

The 2014 Ohio Summer Reading Program Evaluation report is available for download. In 2014, nearly 450,000 people enrolled in Ohio library summer reading programs. Attendance at special summer library events was over 839,000 statewide. For the first time, a video summary has been produced for libraries to share with their library patrons and community stakeholders. All are welcome to link to or embed the video, Ohio Public Libraries and Summer Reading 2014, on your library websites, social media, newsletters, etc.


The artist for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 2015 Children’s program, Every Hero Has a Story, is Jarrett J. Krosoczka. A separate Early Literacy program also features Jarrett Krosoczka artwork and the Every Hero Has a Story theme. Jarrett is the author and illustrator of picture books and of the Lunch Lady and Platypus Police Squad series. His art for CSLP draws from Platypus Police Squad and from his picture book, Peanut Butter and Jellyfish.

The Teen program theme is Unmask!, featuring artwork by graphic novelist Hope Larson.  The Adult program theme is Escape the Ordinary, featuring artwork by Larry Jones.

Early Literacy
Every Hero Has a Story
Cada Héroe Tiene una Historia

Every Hero Has a Story
Cada Héroe Tiene una Historia

¡Sin Máscara

Escape the Ordinary
Escapa de lo Común

Images are copyrighted. Contact the CSLP at 1-866-657-8556 or for more information.

You may download these posters in English and Spanish from your CSLP 2015 manual DVD, or purchase them from Upstart's CSLP catalog.


Upcoming CSLP programs include:

2016: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read (children's); Get in the Game - Read (teens); Exercise Your Mind - Read (adult)
2017: Build a Better World (all age groups)
2018: Music (general theme; slogan or slogans will be selected in April 2016)




Explore these SRP resources and enjoy planning!

The CSLP partners with organizations to help strengthen the work of member libraries. Partners include Bearport Publishing, Bedtime Math, CWIST, Lunar & Planetary Institute, Movie Licensing USA, National Geographic, National Park Service, National Summer Learning Association, Starwalk Kids, Wordsworth Publishing, and Xist Publishing. Learn more about CSLP's various partners by downloading this flyer and by checking out the CSLP Partnership page

The State Library of Louisiana recorded a webcast featuring CSLP partner Bedtime Math in January 2015.  In this free 30-minute webcast, Bedtime Math’s Diana Pecina discusses the importance of math, and shares some easy ways libraries can incorporate math into their existing storytimes.  Diana also shares Bedtime Math’s Summer of Numbers and Crazy 8s programs.



Library summer reading programs encourage children and teens to practice reading and literacy skills during out-of-school time, which can help maintain proficiency and counter the “summer slide” (the documented decrease in reading proficiency of students who do not read during the summer).  SRP also offers enriching activities for the entire family and community.  When you promote SRP in your community, lead with the message that SRP supports student learning and family engagement. These links to research and best practices will help you make the case.

  • The vision of the National Summer Learning Association is for every child to be safe, healthy, and engaged in learning during the summer. The NSLA connects summer learning program providers and stakeholders with tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.

  • The Importance of Summer Reading, a discussion of public library summer reading programs and learning from the New York State Library.

  • Components of High-Quality Summer Reading Programs, a list from the Youth Services Best Practices for Oregon Libraries blog.

  • The Value of Summer Reading, a research compilation from the California Library Association covering the importance of summer reading programs and the value of reading, resources relating to summer learning loss, and information on generating results that will demonstrate the impact of your summer reading program.

  • Library Summer Reading Programs, ALA Library Fact Sheet 17, offers some basic points on the benefits of SRP, and a selection of citations to research and best practices.

  • Summer Reading from Reading Rockets provides information about summer reading and summer learning loss, including tips for parents as well as resources for teachers and librarians.

  • Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide is one of a collection of helpful articles for teachers and parents from Reading Is Fundamental.

  • How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program by Karen Springen (School Library Journal, March 17, 2014) discusses planning, outreach, collaboration, and appropriate, literacy-related incentives. According to the article, “Many librarians are combining … inventive activities with statistic- and research-based initiatives that track summer reading outcomes. They’re aiming to redress a serious problem: the achievement gap that especially hurts lower-income kids, who typically lose two months of reading proficiency per summer, according to research.”

  • Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement by Lauren Barack (School Library Journal, February 12, 2014). This article reports on a pilot study in Missouri that suggests summer reading programs raise student reading levels in the fall, particularly among at-risk kids.

  • Summer Reading and the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap: An Educator Responds to Questions, a June, 2013 School Library Journal interview with Richard L. Allington, co-author of Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap. Allington argues that the main cause of the rich/poor reading achievement gap is unequal access to books. He urges librarians to get books into the hands of children from low-income families, especially during the summer.




Individual public library employees from member states are encouraged to register on the CSLP website. Registration is free and easy.  Registered members have access to the "extras" that will enhance your summer reading program, including the online incentive catalog, graphics, signing videos, PSAs and so much more. Go to and click on “Login”, then "Register".  Registration requires approval, so you will not be able to access the members-only resources until you receive an email from CSLP acknowledging your membership.  The turnaround is pretty quick!

Note: CSLP art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited. All public libraries in Ohio are CSLP members. Please review and be aware of the CSLP Rules of Use.

If you need an extra CSLP manual, have questions about CSLP materials or rules of use, or need any support or assistance with your summer reading program, please contact Janet Ingraham Dwyer, library consultant for youth services at the State Library of Ohio.




The Teen Video Challenge is an annual CSLP-sponsored competition for teens to create videos that promote reading, libraries, and the CSLP theme, which in 2015 is Unmask! One winning video created by a teen or group of teens is selected as the Ohio winner and shared with libraries across the state and nationwide. The winning teen or group of teens is awarded $150 plus an award valued at $50 for the winner's local public library.

The 2015 Ohio winner is "Groovy Groo and the Book Muncher" created by students at West Branch High School to benefit the Sebring Branch of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County.  Check out all the 2015 state winners on the CSLP website.

The 2015 Ohio runners-up include “Phantom of the Library”, by teens supporting the Wright Memorial Public Library, and “READ!”, by a teen supporting the Evergreen Community Library.

The 2014 Ohio winner, "Super Readers", was created by Port Clinton High School Digital Media students to benefit the Ida Rupp Public Library.  2014 Ohio runners-up include "Knowledge is Power", produced by teens at the Stark County District Library, Plain Branch, and "Libraries Spark Reactions", produced by teens at the Mercer County District Public Library.  These videos promoted the "Unmask!" theme.

The 2013 Ohio winner, "Beneath the Surface", was created by teens at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library TAB. Teens around the country were challenged to create videos promoting the "Beneath the Surface" theme.

The 2012 Ohio winner, "It's In Your Heart", was created by patrons of the Evergreen Community Library and was featured among the state winners promoting the "Own the Night" theme.