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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 2018 manual here.

Summer Reading Workshops

Registration is now open for the 2018 Summer Reading Workshops! They will be held in February at six locations around the state. You can register at Each event will run from 10:00am - 4:00pm (Mountain Time in Dickinson, Central Time in all other locations) with an hour and a half for lunch and networking, which will be on your own. There is no charge to attend the event.

Monday, February 5 Minot Minot Public Library
Wednesday, February 7 Grand Forks Grand Forks Public Library
Thursday, February 8 West Fargo West Fargo Public Library
Monday, February 12 Bismarck North Dakota State Library
Thursday, February 15 Dickinson Dickinson Area Public Library
Friday, February 16 Jamestown Alfred Dickey Public Library

2017 Summer Reading Workshop Resources

Summer Reading Workshop Introduction (pptx)

Kids Programming Ideas (pptx)

Teen Programming Ideas (pptx)

Adult Programming Ideas (pptx)

2018 Theme: Libraries Rock!

Libraries Rock kids poster
Children's Poster
Libraries Rock teen poster
Teen Poster
Libraries Rock adult poster
Adult Poster

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

Directory of Performers

Are you looking for entertainment for your Summer Reading party or other library event? Check out the Directory of Performers for ideas! If you would like see a performer added to the directory, please use this form to submit your suggestions.

Useful Websites

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
National Summer Learning Association


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

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