Texas Summer Reading Program

Overview | Getting Started | Creating Your CSLP Account | eNewsletter | Program Manuals on DVD| Rules of Use for CSLP MaterialsOrdering Your Free Materials | Ordering Other Incentives | Annual Themes and Slogans | Past Themes, Artwork, and Manuals 2015 TSRP Survey | Webinars | Teen Video Challenge | USDA Summer Food Service Program  | Bingo Enabling Act

Color clip art with theme, "Get in the Game - Read"


Welcome to the Texas Summer Reading Program! The program centers around a statewide membership for public libraries in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP).

The CSLP consists of a grassroots consortium of all 50 states working together to provide high-quality summer reading materials for all ages of readers, and includes early literacy, children’s, teen, and adult programs. The Texas State Library provides a basic starter kit of materials including a program manuals on DVD, clip art, and a themed CSLP catalog to each of Texas' qualified participating public libraries. Financial support is also available to these libraries in order to purchase a limited number of bookmarks, posters, certificates, and reading logs. Libraries also have the opportunity to purchase additional incentives at their own expense through the CSLP web site.

If you have questions about the information below, contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

The Texas Summer Reading Program is funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2016)

Getting Started

Getting ready for the 2016 Texas Summer Reading Program is easy:

Step 1 Take delivery of your free program manuals on DVD from the State Library in early October, 2015
Step 2

Create a login on the CSLP web site, if your library does not already have one

Step 3 Subscribe to the Summer Reading eNewsletter if you haven't already done so
Step 4

Order your free materials from the State Library before November 15, 2015 (Ordering is now closed)

Step 5 Order additional incentives, at your own expense, from CSLP/Upstart before December 1, 2015 to guarantee delivery by March 1, 2016

Create a Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Account

To access the full range of summer reading program resources for your library, create a CSLP account. Once your registration is approved by CSLP staff you'll be given a login to access www.cslpreads.org. Log into this link to shop for additional incentives (at your own cost), familiarize yourself with CSLP Rules of Use, and access a variety of proprietary downloads and handy information.

Rules of Use for CSLP Materials

Familiarize yourself with the rules of use for all Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) clip art, web graphics, manuals, and more at the cslpreads.org Rules of Use pages. There is also a handy FAQ available to answer your copyright and other acceptable use questions.

Get the Latest TSRP News and Updates

Subscribe to our Texas Summer Reading Program email newsletter to receive the latest news and updates on the Texas Summer Reading Program.

Program Manuals on DVD

Program Manuals and Clip Art

The State Library supports participating public libraries by providing CSLP programming manuals for the various program age groups. A packet is shipped in early October to all accredited/non-accredited public library headquarters in the state. The packet includes a set of 3 DVDs containing the adult, early literacy, teen and children's CSLP program manuals, as well as the clip art for the program. The extra copies of the DVDs can be distributed to branch libraries, or placed on an internal network drive for sharing among libraries within a system. Also included is a paper copy of the CSLP incentives/materials catalog.

If you do not receive your DVD packet by mid-October, please contact us at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Libraries wishing to have printed program manuals may purchase them online for $12 plus shipping directly from the CSLP at shopcslp.com (keyword "manual").

Order Your Free Materials

Ordering Your Free Bookmarks, Posters, Certificates and Reading Logs from the Texas State Library

The State Library supports participating public libraries financially by paying for select CSLP bookmarks, posters, certificates, and reading logs for the various program age groups. The State Library submits only ONE bulk order on behalf of Texas libraries. The deadline to order free materials for the 2016 program was Nov. 15, 2015. Ordering is now closed. The CSLP vendor, Upstart, guarantees the orders for 2016 CSLP materials for delivery before March 1, 2016.

Libraries may review their orders for materials for the 2016 program in the spreadsheet linked below.

A Note for School Libraries: School libraries interested in participating in the Texas Summer Reading Program must partner with their local public library. The deadline for Public Libraries to order materials for their school library partners was Nov. 15, 2015. If there is no public library in your area, contact the State Library to discuss sponsorship options at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Ordering Additional CSLP Materials and Incentives

Libraries may purchase additional CSLP promotional materials at their own expense after logging in to cslpreads.org and selecting the Shop Now option to access the catalog, or at shopcslp.com. The materials are from Upstart, and libraries may order posters, banners, decals, T-shirts, and more. We suggest that you order by December 1 in order to guarantee delivery by March 1 of the following year.

Themes and Slogans

2016 Theme - Sports & Fitness


• On Your Mark, Get Set...Read! (Children’s and Early Literacy Programs)
• Get in the Game - Read (Teen Program)
• Exercise Your Mind. Read! (Adult Program)
• On Your Mark, Get Set...Read (All Ages Program)

2017 – Theme: Architecture and Building

Slogan: Build a Better World

A single theme for the Early Literacy, Children, Teen, and Adult programs!

Past Themes, Artwork, and Manuals

Learn about past themes, artwork, and manuals from both the Texas Summer Reading Program and the former Texas Reading Club/Texas Teens Read programs here.

Webinars on the Collaborative Summer Library Program Manuals

To plan an all-star summer for all ages, view the archived webinar on the 2016 CSLP Teen Programming Manual presented Michelle Beebower and Nichole Chagnon from the Austin Public Library, and the three webinars on the Children's, Early Literacy, and Teen Program manuals presented by Upstart.

Teen Video Challenge

The CSLP announced the winners of the 2016 Teen Video Challenge at their Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City in April. The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition to get teens involved with reading and their public library's summer reading program. Winning videos were selected from entries in each of the 25 participating states. The videos promote reading and public libraries and the CSLP 2016 slogan, “Get in the Game - Read.”

Congratulations to the teens from the Haggard Library of the Plano Public Library System who submitted "The Maze Race", the winning video for Texas, and to Nina Martin, Sr. Youth Services Librarian, their sponsor. Click here to view "The Maze Race" and of the all of the state winning videos

The winning videos exemplify the diversity and creativity of the teens who created them - and they are a joy to watch! It is clear that the teens had fun making their videos and that they value their public libraries. For their hard work and creativity, the creators of each winning video will receive a monetary award of $150.

All libraries are welcome to use any of these winning videos to promote their “Get in the Game-Read” summer programs, so please share on your library websites and social media!

Libraries and the USDA Summer Food Service Program

Photograph of children sitting at a table and eating lunchSummer is the hungriest time of the year. During the school year, 2.8 million Texas students receive free or reduced-price meals, yet only a fraction of these children receive free meals during the summer. Without consistent and quality nutrition, they are more likely to have difficulty focusing on reading and learning and may experience more summer learning loss. The good news is that free and healthy meals are available for children and teens through age 18 at USDA Summer Food Service Program sites in libraries, schools and other locations throughout Texas.

As trusted public spaces and community centers, libraries are at the heart of their communities and they welcome children during their summer vacations. Many libraries help alleviate food insecurity by participating in the SFSP and serving meals and snacks to hungry children in conjunction with their summer programs. Many other libraries bring resources and art, literacy, and STEM programs to SFSP sites at schools and other organizations in their communities. Through the SFSP, libraries nourish children's bodies, educate their minds, enrich their lives, and support success in school and beyond. To learn more about how your library can participate, visit the Texas State Library's Summer Food Service Program web page.

Bingo Enabling Act

Bingo games fit so many areas of our programs; it is an easy game to play, and can be tailored for almost any topic. While you may be tempted to play “Sports Bingo,” “Video Game Bingo,” or even “lotería leer,” as you plan your summer programs, please be aware that it is a third degree felony, subject to a $10,000 fine and three years of jail time, to sponsor any bingo without a license. The Bingo Enabling Act does not permit libraries, schools, or non-profit organizations to sponsor any type of Bingo game without a license from the Texas Lottery Commission. Licenses are required for all types of bingo, including Mexican Bingo or lotería. Licenses are only available to organizations that hold a 501c exemption from the IRS and have been in existence for at least 3 years. Applying for a license may take 30 to 60 days. Application forms are available online at www.txbingo.org/export/sites/bingo/index.html. According to the Lottery Commission, a license may cost from $100 to $2500 per year. Libraries with bingo licenses must charge participants who play bingo and must collect taxes. They must maintain records and file quarterly reports with the Texas Lottery Commission.

Additionally, "An individual younger than 18 years of age may not play bingo conducted under a license issued under this chapter unless the individual is accompanied by the individual's parent or guardian.” For more information on the Bingo Enabling Act, please visit the Texas Lottery Commission’s web site. Specifically, see Subchapter L. Enforcement, Sec. 2001.551. Unlawful Bingo; Offense.

According to the State of Texas Lottery Commission, bingo “means a specific game of chance, commonly known as Bingo or lotto, in which prizes are awarded on the basis of designated numbers or symbols conforming to numbers or symbols selected at random." It is tempting to think that because we don’t charge fees to play, or we are basing a game on books, library resources, or educational topics, or that we are not offering any prizes, that the game is not really bingo. If it looks anything like bingo and the winner is determined by chance, then don’t take the chance that you’ll get in trouble! Play Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, or another game instead.

Page last modified: May 23, 2016