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Summer Reading Programs

North Dakota participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). CSLP is a consortium of all 50 states working to provide high-quality summer reading materials at the lowest cost possible for public libraries. The North Dakota CSLP representative represents all North Dakota public libraries through ongoing communication, committee work, and by attending the annual CSLP national conference as a voting member. Every year, CSLP publishes a themed summer reading manual, which contains valuable information for planning, promoting, and hosting a successful summer reading program.

Request your 2022 manual here.

2022 Summer Reading

Whether you've done a summer reading program for decades or whether you're planning to host your very first program, this workshop will provide opportunities to learn, discuss, and share ideas for the 2022 summer reading program. As one attendee put it: "I'm so glad to have attended the workshop. It got me excited and motivated to start planning my summer reading program!" The 2022 summer reading workshop will be announced soon!

Useful Websites

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
National Summer Learning Association

Story Time Resources

The NDSU Extension Service offers a series of publications called Bright Beginnings which focus on the growth and development of young children. We have adapted content of two of the publications that address children and reading to be used as a parent handout at story time.

Ages and Stages of Young Readers
Play Time as Learning Time
Reading with Your Child


If you have any questions about summer reading programs in North Dakota, please email

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