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Colorado Statewide Summer Learning Program


  • July 12 is Colorado Summer Learning Day! View Governor Hickenlooper's proclamation.
  • The theme for the 2018 summer program is music, with the same slogan for all ages: Libraries Rock!
  • CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) has excellent resources for library staff and parents about music programming and collections for young children; learn more in this handout.
  • Partnering with your local Summer Food Service Program is an excellent opportunity to provide your summer program to more kids this summer; learn more about the program and find partnering suggestions in this handout.
  • Check out these recommendations for performers for summer and year round from your Colorado library colleagues.
  • Interested in an online reading program system? The State Library is sponsoring a limited number of Colorado public libraries to use of ReadingRecord for free or a discounted rate. Find out more here.
  • Read about the benefits to kids of reading over the summer, best practices for summer reading programs, and research needs in CSLP's (Collaborative Summer Library Program) Summer Reading White Paper.
  • CSLP has great allies! Visit the the CSLP Allies webpage to learn more about the allies and how your library can benefit!
  • Thinking ahead?
    • The theme for 2019 is Space, All-ages slogan: A Universe of Stories
    • The theme for 2020 is Fairy tales/Mythology/Fantasy, slogan TBD
  • Be sure to join the Colorado youth services email list (CYS-Lib) to keep informed about all things summer learning related!

About Summer Learning in Colorado Libraries

Colorado is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), 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 a commercial vendor to produce materials designed exclusively 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.

Especially for Educators

Especially for Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers

  • Summer Learning in Public Libraries: Outlines why and how to engage your family in reading, learning, and enjoying your local public library this summer
  • Summer Reading Parent Tips (PDF): Simple activities for your family this summer to help keep your kids and teens reading--and having fun while doing so!


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