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 | Past Themes, Artwork, and Manuals


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 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).

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.

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, and Free Materials From the State Library

Program Manuals and Clip Art

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.

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 DVD packet by mid-October, 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 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, of the reading year. The deadline to enter 2016 orders was November 15, 2015.

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. Orders for 2016 summer reading were due before November 15, 2015:

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.  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 will offer a webinar highlighting the contents of the 2016 Early Literacy and Children's Programming Manuals on November 24, 2015. A webinar on the Teen Programming Manual will be offered in January. 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:

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)

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.

Page last modified: August 31, 2015