Texas Summer Reading Program

Overview | Getting Started | Creating Your CSLP Account | eNewsletter | Program Manuals | Rules of Use for CSLP Materials | Ordering Your Free Materials | Ordering Other Incentives | Training | Teen Video Challenge | Annual Themes and Slogans


fizz boom read posterWelcome 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 State Library provides a basic starter kit of materials including a DVD format program manual, 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).

Getting Started

Getting ready for the 2014 Texas Summer Reading Program is easy:

step 1 graphic Take delivery of your free program manuals on DVD from the State Library in early October, 2013
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Create a login on the CSLP web site, if your library does not already have one

step 3 graphic Subscribe to the Summer Reading eNewsletter
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Order your free materials from the State Library before November 15, 2013 (ORDERING IS NOW CLOSED)

step 5 graphic Order additional incentives, at your own expense, from CSLP/Upstart before December 1, 2013 to guarantee delivery by March 1, 2014

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.

Get The Latest TSRP News and Updates

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

Program Manuals, and Free Materials From the State Library

Program Manuals and Clip Art

fizz boom read girl doing science experimentA 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.

For libraries who wish it, paper program manuals may be purchased online from CSLP at shopcslp.com (keyword "manual") for $12 plus shipping.

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

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.

Ordering Your Free Materials From the State Library

The order for free materials for 2014 is now closed.  The deadline was November 15, 2013.

The State Library submits only ONE bulk order on behalf of libraries, in order to guarantee delivery of materials from the CSLP vendor, Upstart, before March 1, 2014.

The State Library supports participating public libraries financially by paying for selected CSLP bookmarks, posters, certificates, and reading logs for the various program age groups. Use the following links to place your order, or to review what you ordered:

Ordering Additional Materials and Incentives

Additional promotional materials are available for purchase, at library's own expense, directly from within your login at cslpreads.org with the Shop Now option, or at shopcslp.com.  Once logged in, use the "Shop Now" option to access the catalog. The materials are from Upstart, and purchase options include 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.

A Note for School Libraries: School libraries interested in the Texas Summer Reading program must partner with their local public library.  There is a special catalog of selected summer reading incentives available for schools.   If your school has no public library in your area, contact the State Library to discuss sponsorship options at at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Webinars and Highlights for the Texas Summer Reading Program

The Texas State Library presented “highlights” webinars for the 2014 program in January 2014.  Visit  our online training site to view the archived webinars.

To spark your imagination, we also have short clips highlighting program activities, songs, and crafts from the Children’s and Early Literacy manuals. The clips are available now at http://www.youtube.com/tslacld.

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 2014 winning video clips here for examples of previous winning videos from around the country.  Here is the winning clip from Texas:



Themes and Slogans

fiizz boom read boy and robot reading image2014 - Science

Fizz, Boom, Read! (Children’s and Early Literacy Programs)

Artist Dan Santat is the author of Sidekicks and is the creator of the Disney animated hit, The Replacements.

Spark a Reaction! (Teen Program)

Illustrator Tim O’Brien is the creator of the covers of the Hunger Games series.  He is best known for his portraits of the famous: celebrities, politicians, and more.

Literary Elements (Adult Program)

Artist Larry Jones is known for his work with a wide array of clients, including such names as Target, Random House, National Geographic World, and Scholastic.

2015 – Heroes

• Every Hero Has a Story (Children’s and Early Literacy Programs)
• Unmask! (Teen Program)
• Escape the Ordinary (Adult Program)

2016 – Wellness/Fitness

Past Themes

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

Page last modified: April 10, 2014