Washington Summer Reading - Background
The Washington State Library belongs to a national consortium dedicated to providing children, teens and adults with quality summer reading program materials through their public libraries. The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a grassroots consortium working together to bring reading programs to communities at the lowest cost possible for public libraries. Membership currently stands at 50 states and the District of Columbia.
By combining resources and working with a commercial vendor to produce materials designed exclusively for CSLP members, public libraries in participating states can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates, and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings. The programs incentive materials are available to be purchased individually by each library through Highsmith/Upstart.
Public, tribal, and military libraries currently receive manuals for the summer program. Since Washington State joined the Collaborative in 2003 the program has grown to include separate programs for teens, adults and early learning. The work of the Collaborative is done by committee, with an annual person to person meeting per year and the remaining done by phone or email.
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