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

Summer Meals at Libraries Update

If you weren’t able to attend the webinar Feeding Your Community: Summer Meals at Libraries webinar, co-produced by the Collaborative Summer Library Program and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the recording is available here: youtu.be/Q6Ig_zo1tj4

The USDA has extended temporary waivers that permit SFSP sites to provide grab-and-go meals/snacks and allow parents to pick meals up for their children. Other waivers are also in place to facilitate food distribution under social distancing guidelines. The need will be exceptionally great this year, and some previous SFSP sites may be unavailable for various reasons related to the public health emergency.

If your library is already an SFSP site, work with your current sponsor. If you want to become an SFSP site: contact your local school district, an SFSP sponsor in your area, or your state’s SFSP administering agency. For Texas specific resources, visit the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website; they have developed a COVID-19 FAQ page. You can also view resources on the Texas State Library’s Summer Lunch at the Library page.

In addition, the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) offers Libraries and Summer Food, a thorough, clear how-to guide for libraries: www.cslpreads.org/libraries-and-summer-food/ (please note this guide assumes ordinary circumstances and has not been revised for the current public health emergency).

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 Christina Taylor at ctaylor@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!