2021 Summer reading order deadline extended – now closing December 31

CSLP teen program logo shows a seahorse listening to an audiobook with the text "Colas y Cuentos"
CSLP teen program logo, Colas y Cuentos

Texas public libraries have until December 31 to order the free CSLP posters, bookmarks, reading logs, and certificates provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission! 

The 2021 CSLP theme is Animals and Stories. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Tales and Tails” or “Colas y Cuentos.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Salina Yoon.

We’ve updated the ordering process to make it faster and more convenient, and to give your library greater control over the process. Each library will place their order directly through the CSLP website.

Instructions for ordering summer reading materials

  1. Preview and order materials at https://www.cslpreads.org/product-category/lsta-allowable/texas/
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for LSTA allowable summer reading program materials is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2020)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities.
    • You will NOT need to log in to the CSLP website to place an order.
  2. Add desired items to your cart and go to check-out.
  3. When checking out, use a special voucher code at the top of the check-out form and click apply voucher.
    • Contact us at LD@tsl.texas.gov if you did not receive the voucher code in your email or via the Summer Reading newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields.
    • Please put your library’s information in for the shipping address and email address.
    • Do not provide TSLAC’s information, the voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice. Don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Check to make sure the order total is $0.00 before submitting the order.
    • You will not need to enter any payment details once the voucher code has been entered.
  5. Submit order. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided on the form.

If your library is purchasing additional items beyond what is available here: https://www.cslpreads.org/product-category/lsta-allowable/texas/, those items must be purchased in a separate order

Ordering will now close on December 31, 2020.

Visit the Summer Reading order FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.

Questions about this or other Texas Summer Reading Program topics? Visit the TSLAC summer reading page or contact Katherine Adelberg at LD@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Thank you for everything you do to support children and families in your community!

CSLP teen program logo shows a seahorse listening to an audiobook with the text "Tails and Tales"
CSLP teen program logo, Tails and Tales

2021 Summer reading materials order opens November 16

CSLP teen program logo shows a seahorse listening to an audiobook with the text "Colas y Cuentos"
CSLP teen program logo, Colas y Cuentos

Starting on November 16, Texas public libraries will be able to order the free CSLP posters, bookmarks, reading logs, and certificates provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission! 

The 2021 CSLP theme is Animals and Stories. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Tales and Tails” or “Colas y Cuentos.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Salina Yoon.

We’ve updated the ordering process to make it faster and more convenient, and to give your library greater control over the process. Each library will place their order directly through the CSLP website.

Instructions for ordering summer reading materials

  1. Preview and order materials at https://www.cslpreads.org/product-category/lsta-allowable/texas/
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for LSTA allowable summer reading program materials is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2020)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities.
    • You will NOT need to log in to the CSLP website to place an order.
  2. Add desired items to your cart and go to check-out.
  3. When checking out, use a special voucher code at the top of the check-out form and click apply voucher.
    • Contact us at LD@tsl.texas.gov if you did not receive the voucher code in your email or via the Summer Reading newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields.
    • Please put your library’s information in for the shipping address and email address.
    • Do not provide TSLAC’s information, the voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice. Don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Check to make sure the order total is $0.00 before submitting the order.
    • You will not need to enter any payment details once the voucher code has been entered.
  5. Submit order. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided on the form.

If your library is purchasing additional items beyond what is available here: https://www.cslpreads.org/product-category/lsta-allowable/texas/, those items must be purchased in a separate order

Ordering will open on November 16 and close on December 17, 2020.

Feel free to browse, but please do not place your order before November 16. Visit the Summer Reading order FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.

Questions about this or other Texas Summer Reading Program topics? Visit the TSLAC summer reading page or contact Katherine Adelberg at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Thank you for everything you do to support children and families in your community!

CSLP teen program logo shows a seahorse listening to an audiobook with the text "Tails and Tales"
CSLP teen program logo, Tails and Tales

2021 Summer Reading Program manuals now available!

Image shows a lizard resting on top of a book with the text "Colas y Cuentos."
CSLP logo Colas y Cuentos

Welcome to the 2021 Texas Summer Reading Program!

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) supports Texas summer reading programs in partnership with the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). The CSLP is a consortium of all 50 states working together to make high quality summer reading materials available at the lowest cost possible for libraries.

The 2021 CSLP theme is Animals and Stories. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Tales and Tails” or “Colas y Cuentos.”

TSLAC has purchased access to the online 2021 CSLP “Tails and Tales” Programming Manual for every library location in Texas. 

This manual contains all the programming resources, graphics, and book lists for the upcoming summer. Accessing the manual online at any time will provide more consistent, reliable access than the USB manuals, which were prone to errors and easy to misplace.

To access the online manual:

Log in to the CSLP website, https://www.cslpreads.org/. The CSLP website account can be used by an individual, or it can be shared among the library staff in your building.

  • To create an account, click on the Login button in the upper right-hand corner. Then, click on Register found beneath the login box and follow the onscreen instructions. 
  • This video tutorial provides more details on how to log in.

Once logged in, click on Manual Downloads located on the toolbar. From the drop down menu, select 2021 Online Manual, and enter your access code.

The code was distributed by email this morning through the Summer Reading newsletter and through direct emails. Contact us at LD@tsl.texas.gov if you did not receive an email with the access code.

This video tutorial walks through how to access the online manual. 

If you are unable to access the manual online, contact Katherine Adelberg at LD@tsl.texas.gov. We have a limited number of manuals on USB that can be mailed directly to your library.

Image shows a tiger, zebra, elephant, lemur, and toucan reading, grouped around a banner that reads, "Tails and Tales."
CSLP Tails and Tales logo

Virtual Storytime and Copyright: Resources

We have received many questions recently about virtual and online storytimes. As we cannot provide legal advice, we wanted to curate a few resources that may be helpful during this time. If you need legal advice, we would highly recommend that you reach out to your library, city or county’s legal counsel if available.

Virtual Storytime Information

Copyright and Creative Commons Information

  • U.S. Copyright Office https://copyright.gov/ The website of the U.S. Copyright Office provides a a plethora of resources on copyright law.
  • Creative Commons: Helping Patrons and Students Find and License Online Content https://onlinetraining.tsl.texas.gov/course/view.php?id=354 In this archived webinar, the Texas State Library’s Kyla Hunt and Liz Philippi explore ways to locate Creative Commons licensed materials and to promote the usage of Creative Commons in your library.

We hope you find this information useful; for further reading, you may also want to view our previous blog post, Copyright and Fair Use Resources.   

Have a safe and healthy summer!

Share Summer Reading Challenges with your Library and Community

Summer challenge board

We know that with the current pandemic crisis, summer reading plans have been upended, altered, and in some cases canceled as a result of library closures. In response, we have created summer activity challenges that you can distribute to your communities and patrons. These challenges are meant to be completed by children and teens in their homes, with families and loved ones, to both combat summer slide and provide activity ideas for families.

The challenges are provided to you in both editable and PDF versions on a shared Google Drive. You can also access it on the Children and Youth Services page. We have assigned Creative Commons licenses to the challenges so that you can edit the resources to fit the needs of your library and community. To edit the editable version, open up the document you would like to edit, click on “File” and select “Make a Copy.” You can then edit your copy to better serve the needs of your community.

The activities included can be distributed digitally (on your website, via email or newsletters, or on social media). They can also be printed by your libraries and distributed in the mail, via community partners, or at your libraries (if you are physically open). If you do not have community partners with which you currently work, you may want to contact local grocery stores or even your local post office to see if they would be interested in assisting with distribution. Please note that these challenges were not designed to be used as Bingo games. Bingo is strictly regulated in Texas and requires obtaining a license from the Texas Lottery Commission. For information on the Bingo Enabling Act in Texas, please visit the Texas Lottery Commission‘s website at http://www.txbingo.org.

To learn more about these resources, please join us on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. for our webinar Looking to Summer: Resources for K-12 and Public Libraries. Please direct any questions about the challenges to Katherine Adelberg at kadelerg@tsl.texas.gov or Laura Tadena at ltadena@tsl.texas.gov.

Have a wonderful summer!

Upcoming Webinar – Looking to the Summer: Resources for K-12 and Public Libraries

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created a multitude of challenges for libraries preparing for the summer. To address some of these challenges, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, May 6 at 2 p.m. titled “Looking to the Summer: Resources for K-12 and Public Libraries.”

You can register for this event here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6044545789066996240

During this online event, we will be providing an overview of TSLAC created resources for providing analog programming ideas to families, an update on Summer Reading materials from the Collaborative Summer Reading Program (CSLP) and hearing from our School Program Coordinator Liz Philippi on e-resources that could be valuable no matter what your library type. We will conclude with time for questions and discussion.

Join us!

Summer Slide

Educational research tells us time and time again that the students experience a “summer slide” in learning during the summer school break. Our School Program Coordinator, Liz Philippi, shares some tips on how to address summer slide this summer!

What is “summer slide”?

It is the tendency for children to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year. It is estimated that teachers spend between 4 to 6 weeks reteaching materials that students forget during the summer. While we constantly battle to make sure that all students can read on grade level this “reteaching” is a terrible waste!

What can we do to correct this?

Well, the first suggestion is that we should make sure that children are reading during the summer whether they are at their local library, in a school library that is open during school summer breakfast and lunch times, or even accessing books online they need to be exposed to books.

The other things we need to do is to keep those young brains engaged with a variety of activities that will challenge them and ignite their innate curiosity. There are many simple things you can do, like reading product ingredients and measuring produce with your child when grocery shopping. Use cooking with your child as an opportunity to teach them about measuring and math skills. Take a nature walk in your local park or your neighborhood to teach plant and fauna information. Sometimes just looking around your house will help you come up with ideas to get and keep your children engaged, and an engaged mind is growing mind!

Below are some tips to get you started and a bunch of links that you can share with your patrons.

LINKS AND RESOURCES:

6 Ways to Use Reading to Prevent Summer Slide

The Importance of Summer Reading

10 Critical Facts About Summer Reading

Summer Reading: English Language Learners at the Library

Camp Wonderoplis

Summer Reading with Book It!

Reading is Fundamental

Start with a Book

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

Half Price Book Summer Reading Program

Summer Booklists from Reading Rockets

We Need Diverse Books

Summer Reading Booklists from ALSC

AASL Summer Reading Resources

YALSA Summer Reading and Learning