Youth Share and Summer Reading Program Q&A

Let’s put our heads together and share programming ideas, summer logistics, concerns, and any questions you may have about the summer. Together we have years of experience and wisdom to draw from! 

Who: Join youth librarians, staff, and volunteers who provide services to youth in our Texas libraries.

When: Thursday, April 29 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday May 4, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Links to register:

April 29:

May 4:

What to Bring:

  • A question or challenge you have
  • Programming Ideas, including:
    • Favorite storytime book
    • Craft ideas for preschool, elementary or teens
    • Favorite program you have done
    • Passive programs
    • Storytime props, felt board activities, song or fingerplay
    • A puppet or prop you have never used. We can help you come up with ideas!
    • Teens – programs, youth volunteers, tips on getting teens involved…
  • Resources
    • Fundraising ideas
    • SRP logistics
    • A link, website, app, or other useful resource
    • Library Facebook Page, YouTube Channel…

We will be compiling your shared ideas and questions. Please take a moment to send your ideas, summer plans, links, and questions. If every library sends just one thing, we will all benefit!

These Youth Shares are offered in partnership with CTLS, Inc.

Summer Reading Webinars in March

We all need inspiration as we gear up for summer reading program planning. Here’s your chance to get renewed and refreshed!

Central Texas Library System (CTLS) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) are teaming up to offer four summer reading webinars in March.

All webinars will be free of charge, recorded, and archived. 

3/4 Summer Reading Program Boot Camp

Are you new to the Summer Reading Program? We will cover online registration, prizes, SRP manual overview, community engagement, marketing ideas, volunteers, and virtual programming techniques, technology, and tips.

Moderator: Kim Lehman

For more information and to register:

3/9 Preschool Aged Children: Programming Ideas

This webinar will focus on providing programming ideas for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the Round Rock Public Library.  Get ready for the summer with books, stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts, and activities that are perfect for your youngest patrons.

Presenters: Theresa Faris, Jane Dance, Andrea Warkentin, and Virginia Hadley from the Round Rock Public Library.

For more information and to register:

3/10 Elementary Aged Children: Programming Ideas

This webinar will focus on providing program ideas for elementary aged children that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the Victoria Public Library. It will also offer tips and tricks to help engage your community in virtual programming at your library.

Presenter: Katie Talhelm, Victoria Public Library.

For more information and to register:

3/11 Teens: Programming Ideas

This webinar will be focused on providing teen programming ideas that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the McAllen Public Library.

Presenters: Leslie Cortinas-Calderon, Melissa Kobayashi, and April Zuniga, McAllen Public Library.

For more information and to register:

Presenter bios

Kim Lehman is a storyteller, musician, author, and workshop presenter. Kim is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, idea packed workshops featuring inexpensive, easy to implement ideas for librarians, teachers and parents. Kim has presented over 170 workshops, including many SRP workshops throughout Texas, Kansas, and Arizona. Kim’s background as a youth consultant, a teacher, and a professional storyteller on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster makes her uniquely able to understand and know what librarians want and need.

Round Rock Public Library holds a long tradition of serving their youngest patrons and their families with quality collections, programs and services. Theresa Faris, the Youth Services Manager, leads a creative, dynamic staff who are passionate about early literacy. Youth Librarians Jane Dance and Andrea Warkentin provide storytimes for preschoolers and toddlers respectively. Jane is well known as the library’s teen librarian but is also devoted to her preschool fans. She loves to incorporate yoga and movement into her programs, which keeps everyone engaged. Andrea creates STEM and play experiences with toddlers and shares her expertise with parents as well as with the Round Rock School District, who has created an early childhood initiative to train local daycare providers. Another talented staff member, Virginia Hadley, Library Program Coordinator, provides programs for babies as well as facilitates bilingual programs for preschoolers. She uses her Spanish language skills to incorporate songs and activities into her own bilingual programs and develops partnerships with volunteers and area organizations to provide bilingual and cultural celebrations in Hindi, Chinese, and American Sign Language. During the COVID pandemic, these staff members have pivoted from in-person programs to creating quality online videos and other tools to engage families. 

Katie Talhelm is the Program Services Manager at the Victoria Public Library and oversees all programming for children and teens. She has been in her role for over two years and recently graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her Masters in Library Science, focusing on youth services and public libraries. Katie is eager to make her mark on the library field and find new and inventive ways to engage the youth of her community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and two cats, Ripley and Chelsea.

Leslie Cortinas-Calderon is a Teen Services Assistant at McAllen Public Library located in the Rio Grande Valley.  She’s had two phenomenal years working hand in hand with other teen staff in creating an inclusive safe space for teens in 6th-12th grade. Her main focus in the Teen Services Department is celebrating cultural diversity in programming, forming friendships with neighboring libraries and schools, promoting library resources in community outreaches, and designing quality programs to enhance teen social skills. Leslie enjoys Animal Crossing, rubbing her cat’s belly, and playing tug o’ war with her pug, Danny DeVito. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her wife, 2 cats, 3 dogs, AND crying over the saddest books she can get her hands on.

Melissa Kobayashi is the Teen Services Assistant at McAllen Public Library and oversees youth programming for teens 6th – 12th grade. She has been a Teen Services Assistant for 3 years with a background in graphic design. Her designs for the South Texas Book Festival have garnered the 2019 TLA Branding Iron Award for the Rebranding of STBF and the 2020 Texas Festival & Events Association’s (TFEA) Gold in the Best Company Image division for the Kaliff Marketing Awards. Her main focus in the teen department is to encourage and foster leadership skills, connecting and engaging teens with similar interests and hobbies, and promoting technology. Melissa enjoys reading manga and comics, playing video games, and playing frisbee with her dog, Harley P. Quinn.

April Zuniga is the Teen Services Supervisor at McAllen Public Library. Her work focuses on building community with teens in the Rio Grande Valley and providing a safe and friendly environment where they can be creative and share their talents and skills in a collaborative space. April has also been a guest webinar speaker for YALSA. Her webinar “Youth Engagement and Leadership” encourages librarians across the country to empower teens in their communities by providing leadership opportunities in the form of teen-led programming. April enjoys watching movies, evening walks, and spending time with her family, 5 chickens, and her cat, Rocco.

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
    • 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 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:, 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, 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, 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 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 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

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:

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: (please note this guide assumes ordinary circumstances and has not been revised for the current public health emergency).