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Summer Reading & Learning: Home

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

You are receiving this email because CSLP recently learned that on one  occasion, the experience in the 2022 Manual entitled "Hold My Water: Water Pods and Water Bottles" [on page 202 - 204] led to a number of children becoming sick after they ingested the water pods.  REMOVE THE HOLD MY WATER: WATER PODS AND WATER BOTTLES EXPERIMENT FROM YOUR MANUAL. CSLP would also like to share with you their safety disclaimer and waiver of liability: CSLP's Safety Disclaimer and Waiver of Liability: We find our reading activities and science experiments fun. At the same time, we suggest that children always have adult supervision and take proper safety precautions when performing reading activities and science experiments. All science experiments and science activities have the potential for safety issues. Adults should handle or assist with any potentially harmful chemicals. All experiments and activities presented on this website should be used or tried with caution and good common sense judgement.  


CSLP shall not be held responsible for any damages or injury resulting from any activities contained within this website. Furthermore it is advised to consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity. Each child and situation is different, and CSLP shall not be held liable in the event of an accident or injury. Keep hands away from eyes when performing any experiments. Wear safety goggles! Always wash hands thoroughly after trying any experiment. Wash all surfaces and disinfect work areas when the science experiment is finished.  

Editable Summer Reading Logs

From our friend Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator at the Library of Michigan: 

Editable summer reading logs now available. Each one has editable fields for the libraries to enter their programming and contact information, and/or edit as they see fit: The only item I ask them to be sure to keep when editing is the IMLS logo/acknowledgement.

This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To edit a PDF you can use Acrobat DC, or you can search online for tips on how to edit without Acrobat if you don’t have that.

Early Literacy Reading Log

From our CSLP friends in Alabama:

March Tuesday Talk: Summer Library Programs 2022 - New Hampshire

Tuesday Talk March 8 @ 2 PM  For all ages programming. We will recap resources available, some New Hampshire specific options and time to share with your counterparts what is happening this summer in Your community. Any programming ideas may be sent ahead of time to Deborah at 



Online Manual

New content is added to the Online Manual throughout the program year! Check out the new worksheets from our partners at NOAA Feb 28!

CSLP Website

Social Media Kit

Need some summer social media inspiration? Check out the CSLP Social Media Toolkit:

You will find #OceansofPossibilities, including plug and play posts, graphics, font suggestions, virtual meeting background, social media cover photos and more in one convenient spot.

And remember, the Toolkit is a living document, with more posts added all year round!

National Summer Library Programming Symposium

A huge apology for all the technical difficulties on December 2. However--here are all the recordings and other resources!

Please check out all the great content!

Symposium Schedule

Topics: programming ideas, outreach/partnerships, and promotion/marketing. 

Keynote - Liz McChesney 

Elizabeth (Liz) McChesney is the 2021 recipient of the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Distinguished Service Award. This prestigious award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to library service to children and to ALSC.  McChesney is the Outreach and Partnership Consultant for Laundry Literacy Coalition and the previous Director of Children’s Services and Family Engagement at Chicago Public Libraries. She serves as Senior Advisor to the Urban Libraries Council and as the Library Advisor to the National Summer Learning Association.

“You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Flyer” - Library Summer Program Marketing Crash Course

Cari Hillman, Community Engagement Director of the MidPointe Library System shares marketing tips and tricks to help make your summer a success. Scalable to libraries of all sizes, this session will outline the power of a comprehensive marketing plan and ways to use CSLP resources for your marketing.

What’s Great About Your Community: Extending your connections to youth and families

Join us in an informal conversation about how you can connect with the assets in your community - people, organizations, and places - to build summer services that benefit youth and families. We’ll share examples and provide an opportunity for you to explore your own community’s assets and to get feedback from others.

Catch the Programming Wave (with Oceans of Possibilities)! 

Dive into new programming and display ideas with CSLP!  We will provide oversight to the new 2022 Oceans of Possibilities manual, highlight ideas for all age groups, and delve into display concepts.


SciStarter & CSLP

Looking for more resources for libraries and community-based organizations? SciStarter's Library & Community Guide to Citizen ScienceLibrary Resources page, Library Kits page, Education page, Lists feature & Affiliate Projects page are a great place to start.

CLiF & Funding for Summer Reading

How will you incorporate the summer reading theme Ocean of Possibilities? CLiF has open grants to support year-end, summer, and 2022-2023 school year activities, including grants to offer books, author visits, family engagement activities, and general literacy fun.

2022 New England Collaborative Summer Summit

New England Summer Summit 2022

March 4 9:00am - 2:30pm

Virtual Tote Bag   Find session presentation slides here

Make sure to fill out our Evaluation!


9:00-10:00- Keynote- Adam Gidwitz

Adam Gidwitz was a teacher for eight years. Now, he writes full time, which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. He is the bestselling author of the children's books, A Tale Dark and Grimm and its companions; The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi; and The Unicorn Rescue Society adventure series. He is the recipient of a Newbery Honor for his middle grade novel, The Inquisitor's Tale, and also the creator of GRIMM, GRIMMER, GRIMMEST, a podcast from Pinna and #1 show for kids on Apple Podcasts.

Book Sale:



10:15-10:45- Session 1 Play-Based Learning in Libraries (NH)

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire shares play-based learning tips and ideas librarians can share with their families. 



11:00-11:30- Session 2: Little Library, Big Summer Reading Program! (VT) 

Are you a small library?  You probably already have an oversized impact on your community.  Learn some tips and tricks for Summer Reading that have a big impact with less effort and energy.  Great for libraries of all sizes, but especially geared toward small and rural libraries. Bree Drapa is the Director of the Westford Public Library in Westford, VT.  Being a solo librarian for the past nine years, Bree finds herself “doing all the things” and Summer Reading is one of her favorite things.  Bree is also a member of the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Outstanding in Their Field Leadership Institute.  



11:45-12:15- Session 3 Kristine Oulman Geocaching at the Library  (CT)

Kristine Oulman is the Children and Teen Librarian at the Easton Public Library. Learn how a small rural library used a Geocaching program to connect with their community, spread knowledge, and continue local partnership initiatives during times of health concern and instability. 



12:15-1:15- Lunch Break


1:15-1:45- Session 4: Nature Journaling (RI)

Nature journaling is the art of recording your surroundings, feelings, observations, or interests as inspired by the natural world. Nature journals can be scientific, poetic, or artistic - whatever reflects your thoughts and feelings while you sketch and write. Join Ellen Cummings and Diane Hogan from the East Greenwich Free Library to learn how nature journaling provided adults and teens with opportunities to practice mindfulness while experimenting with mixed media. 



2:00-2:30- Session 5: How to incorporate STEM into summer programming (ME)

Do you ever feel like your summer programming could use a little extra STEM? Join 

Maine State Library STEM Librarian Christina Dorman as we discuss new trends, topics 

and programming for this year's CSLP theme Ocean of Possibilities. Bring your curiosity 

and your questions!




Make sure to fill out our Evaluation!


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

Summer Food

Libraries and Summer Food    

Food Access-NH Map from UNH Extension

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

Slogans & Themes

Thank you for all the wonderful slogan ideas! Now we need to narrow down the 2025 slogan options and we would love your input.

May listening session – Slogans

We encourage everyone to join and speak as they feel comfortable. During and after the sessions we will have resources available for you to share your input on a provided google document. This is a chance for you to contribute and have your voice heard in creating the final list of slogans that will be voted on in August at the Annual CSLP Meeting!

August listening session – Slogans and Themes

We are planning another listening session in August for members to discuss their favorites from the final list of vetted and translated 2025 Slogans and 2026 Themes to inform state reps in the before the official vote at the Annual CSLP meeting.


There is no need to register for the sessions - just find the one that works best with your schedule.


May 9th Slogan Listening Session - May 9, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 1 hour
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 839 7941 6865
Passcode: 902503

Find your local number:

May 11th Slogan Listening Session - May 11, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 1 hour

Join Zoom Meeting -

Meeting ID: 829 8438 5259
Passcode: 367013

Find your local number:


Contact Theme/Slogan Committee Chairs Laura Kelly with any questions.

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