Texas Summer Reading Program

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


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

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 enter 2016 orders is November 15, 2015. The CSLP vendor, Upstart, guarantees the orders for 2016 CSLP materials for delivery before March 1, 2016.

Please estimate the amount of your order for 2016 CSLP materials based on your participation in your 2015 program. To help estimate the amount of items to order for the 2016 TSRP, you may wish to review your 2015 order in this spreadsheet.

A Note for School Libraries: School libraries interested in participating in the Texas Summer Reading Program must partner with their local public library. Public Libraries may order materials for their school library partners by 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.

Survey of 2015 Texas Summer Reading Program

Public and school library staff who participated in the 2015 Texas Summer Reading Program (TSRP), please complete this survey to evaluate your overall satisfaction with the program and its accompanying Collaborative Summer Library Program materials.

Time to Take: Less than 10 minutes.
Dates of Survey: September 1 - October 2, 2015

Questions? Please contact Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant, at cmcnew@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-4856, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Webinars on the Collaborative Summer Library Program Manuals

The Texas State Library will offer a webinar highlighting the content of the Teen Programming Manual on January 20, 2016. The Collaborative Summer Library Program will host webinars on the Early Literacy, Children, Teen, and Adult manuals. Dates will be announced when available. These webinars will be archived for future viewing.

Teen Video Challenge

Have your local teens create a video promoting summer reading for libraries, using their interpretation of current CSLP teen slogan, and your teen could win money for themselves and for your library.  Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter in the state where they reside. Videos can be created individually or as a team.  For all the details, visit our Teen Video Challenge page or the Teen Video Challege section of cslpreads.org. You will need to be logged in on cslpreads.org to access full details. View the 2015 winning video clips here for examples of winning videos from around the country. Here is the winning clip from Texas.

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: November 17, 2015