The CSLP and How to Participate in the Texas Summer Reading Program

Background | 2013 Themes and Beyond | Creating Your CSLP Account | Program Manuals | Ordering Your Free Materials | Ordering Other Incentives | Logos & Other Promo Materials | Rules of Use of CSLP Materials | Teen Video Challenge | Timeline


The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) consortium works together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials at the lowest-possible cost.  The program encompasses family literacy in that it serves infants through adults. 

By combining resources and working with an exclusive contracted vendor to produce materials designed  for CSLP members, public libraries in participating states or systems can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings.

The participating systems and states work together to develop a unified promotional and programming product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas.



Children and Early Literacy: Dig Into Reading

Scott Nash has been recognized widely for his work, and is currently the head of the Illustration department at the Maine College of Art.  You can find out more about Scott at his website:

Teens: Beneath the Surface

The teen program artist is Duncan Long, who has worked as a writer and illustrator for several decades.  Visit his website at

Adults: Groundbreaking Reads

Shane Rebenschied is best knows for his photo illustrations, and his science fiction and fantasy book covers.  To see more of his work, visit


Children and Early Literacy: Fizz, Boom, Read! | Teens: Spark a Reaction! | Adult: Literary Elements


State Library will request slogan ideas from librarians around Texas during January of 2013, and will tally a vote for the top five theme ideas.  The State Library then submits the Texas winners to the CSLP Manual committees for final selection.

Creating Your CSLP Account

In order to access the Collaborative Summer Library Programs summer reading club resources, each public library in Texas must create an account here. Your account will be approved by CSLP staff and you'll be given a passcode to access In order to shop for additional incentives (at your own cost), read forums and access proprietary information, you will need to be logged into your account:

Should you forget either your username or password, then next to the login area, you'll see links to deal with those scenarios automatically. 

Program Manuals

In early October, 2012, the State Library shipped a free 2013 "welcome" packet to all accredited libraries in the state.  The packet includes adult, early literacy, teen and children's CSLP program manuals on DVD, as well as clip art and a CSLP incentives/materials catalog .

If your library has not received your packet, please contact us at or 512-463-5465. 

Ordering Your Free Materials From the State Library

The November 15 deadline for ordering your free materials from the State Library has now passed, and ordering for the 2013 program year is closed

The State Library supports participating Texas Summer Reading Program public libraries financially by paying for selected CSLP bookmarks, posters, certificates, and reading logs for the various program age groups.  Unlike with the previous Texas Reading Clubs, the State Library can submit only ONE bulk order on behalf of libraries in November, in order to guarantee delivery of materials from the CSLP vendor, Upstart, before March 1, 2013.

To check on the amounts of state-funded free materials you ordered, visit our order confirmation page.

Ordering Additional Materials and Incentives

Additional promotional materials are available for purchase, at library's own expense, directly from Purchase options include posters, banners, decals, T-shirts, and more.  We suggest that you order by December 1, 2012 in order to guarantee delivery before March 1, 2013.

Once you're logged into the site, navigate to the Shop Now button on the top menu bar.  Now, you're in the Upstart store where you'll see each program along the top menu bar.  Click Children's Program (for example) and several categories of products will appear in the main viewer window.  One of those categories is promotions and decorations where posters can be found.  If you would like certificates or reading logs, then navigate to the reading records, stickers and certificates category.  There's also a category specifically for ordering bookmarks called bookmarks and book bags.

The CSLP contracts with Highsmith/Upstart, to annually produce a fun set of incentives or giveaway items such as key chains, bracelets, cups, t-shirts, buttons and much more for each slogan under the theme.  This includes early literacy through adult incentives. Simply log into your account at, navigate to the Shop Now button on the top menu bar, choose the program level you're interested in (Children's Program for example), then link to the incentives category.

Logos & Promo Materials

Theme logos for each age group can be found by logging in at, then navigating to a link called Proprietary Downloads.  There, you'll find approved logos, web banners, PSA's and many more useful items to promote the various programs.  Please be aware that by accessing the Proprietary Downloads, you are agreeing to abide by the Rules of Use.  These rules are a bit different from use of materials from the Texas Reading Club, so please read carefully before using. 

Rules of Use of CSLP Materials

You may need to be logged into your account at in order to view the links below.  All of this information is available under the Proprietary Downloads link once logged on.

Teen Video Challenge

As part of the 2013 Texas Summer Reading Program, teens aged 13-18 can submit a 30-90 second video promoting the Teen Program theme "Beneath the Surface" and summer reading in general.  The winning video from each state has the opportunity to win $275 for the teen, and $125 for their local public library.  Videos must be received at the State Library by February 10, 2013.  Tell your local teens!

Check out the promotional flyer that the New York State Library for libraries to print off and distribute for the Challenge.  It is general enough to be used by any library, so consider printing a stack for distribution to local teens before the holidays.

Detailed information for your favorite teen videographers, including an entry form, model release form, and rules, are available on the Teen Video Challenge page, or at (log into your account for full information).  View the 2012 video clips here for examples of previous winning videos from around the country.


State Library ships 2013 manuals and clip art to libraries October 5, 2012
Orders for free materials submitted online to TSLAC November 15, 2012
Additional materials ordered by libraries (at their expense) from Order by December 1, 2012 for delivery by March 1, 2013
Webinar overview of the Texas Summer Reading Program available from the State Library January 2013
Call for 2015 slogan ideas January/February, 2013
CSLP promotional public service announcement (PSA) order forms available to libraries February, 2013

Have questions for us?, or call 512-463-5465 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas)

Page last modified: September 16, 2013