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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 Celebration

The Summer Reading Celebration is Friday, June 1st from 10am to 3pm at the ND Heritage Center on the Capitol Grounds in Bismarck. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information please see:

Informational Flyer & Event Map (pdf)

Adult Summer Reading Bingo

If you would like to offer adults a summer reading program but don't think you have the time, check out our customizable bingo card template! It is an editable PDF you can fill in with activities for patrons to complete. There is also a list of ideas, so you don't even have to brainstorm! If you usually just do a summer reading program for kids, this is a great way to get the whole family involved in summer reading. Parents make great reading role models, and adults without kids can participate in the fun as well!

Bingo Card Template (pdf)

Bingo Card Ideas (pdf)

Bingo Card (pdf)

2018 Summer Reading Resources

Summer Reading Programming Ideas (pptx)

Libraries Rock Pinterest

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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