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Summer Reading & Learning

As a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the New Hampshire State Library (NHSL) in partnership with the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH) provides libraries with resources for offering high quality summer reading program

Support for Summer Learning


Public Libraries in Summer – the Community Bridge to Families

Aaron P. Dworkin and Liz McChesney  //  Feb 4, 2022


NSLA - National Summer Learning Association

NSLA 2022 Summer Learning Toolkit

Learning Beyond: 21st Century Summer and Out of School Time Programs for Youth from ALSC

Online Tracking of Reading Programs & Events

The NH State Library sponsored READsquared will be ending May 2022. This was something that worked well for many libraries but the cost of continuing on their own is not an option. For a free choice, some libraries are using with success:

Engaged Patrons

Teaching Books has All Together Now Lists

If you subscribe to Teaching Books--they now have CSLP All Together Now book lists.


CSLP Social and Emotional Health Resources

The CSLP's Child & Community Well-Being Committee has been collecting examples of library programming that promotes social and emotional health. A compilation of programs submitted by public libraries around the US is now available. It includes an array of library programs for various age groups, from early childhood through seniors, plus multigenerational programs. If you’re looking for program ideas to enhance your “All Together Now” summer programming, or for any time of year, take a look! Find the downloadable Social & Emotional Health Programs at Public Libraries document here:

  1. In the Additional Content section of the online All Together Now manual, or
  2. On the Resource List page of the CSLP’s Libraries and Summer Food how-to guide (scroll down to Programming for the link), or
  3. At this direct link!

Thank you to all the librarians and library workers who contributed their programs. If you’d like to add your program to this listing, use this form to share programs with the CCWB and they will be included in the next edition of Social & Emotional Health Programs at Public Libraries.

Summer Symposium Registration Now Open

CSLP’s Virtual Summer Symposium

Adventure Begins at Your Library

Thursday, December 7, 2023
11am – 4:30pm EST

Registration now Open

The CSLP Summer Symposium is a half-day virtual offering for public library staff to connect, learn, and collaborate as we plan for summer library programming around the 2024 theme of Adventure Begins at your Library.

Sessions will include:     

  • Simplifying Summer: Adventurous Observations from a Seasoned Storyteller
    • Get inspired and organized while streamlining the planning process.
  • 2024 Manual Highlights: Adventure Begins at Your Library!
    • Gather ideas to jumpstart planning for summer 2024!
  • Once Upon an Adventure: Practical Tips for Gathering Stories to Promote Your Library
    • Learn how a good story becomes good marketing, as well as practical tips to find stories that you can use for advocacy and promotion.
  • Taking Adventure Outdoors: Programming and Partnerships facilitated
    • Panel discussion on ideas, resources, and partners that can support outdoor library programming.

Learn more and register at:

Not able to attend?  Sign up to receive a notice when recordings are posted


Store is Open

Slogan & Theme Announcement

  • The 2026 slogan for the Dinosaur themed year will be “Unearth a Story” Note: 2026 is the United States Semiquincentennial and we are planning for that as well.
  • The 2027 theme will be Mystery/Detective/Suspense

Summer Food

Libraries and Summer Food    

Food Access-NH Map from UNH Extension

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the New Hampshire State Library.