Summer Reading

Summer Reading programs are designed to help children maintain or improve their reading readiness when they go back to school. Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL)Summer Reading coordinators strive to provide libraries with summer program resources based on sound research and best practices. To see a handout with summer reading research and Idaho statistics click on Summer Learning Loss and Library Summer Reading Programs.

For this purpose the commission offers the following resources to help support summer reading programs in Idaho libraries:

Summer Reading Support Resources

BRIGHT FUTURES OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

Bright Futures Begin with Summer Reading. These programs help Idaho libraries build and strengthen summer reading participation and reach children who are unable to attend regular library summer programs. Learn more or apply:

See a current list of libraries and their partner schools

Annual Membership in the CSLP

The CSLP is a Collaborative Summer Library Program which contains many feature rich resources for members. Idaho is a member state of the CSLP which means that all publicly-funded libraries in Idaho have been included in our membership charter. Learn More how your library can take advantage of this opportunity.

Additional Program Resources

Your Collaborative Summer Library Programs (CSLP) Summer Reading Manual is packed full of great summer programs material! View all Resources

 

Evaluating Your Summer Reading Program

If you are an Idaho library planning to offer a children's and/or teen summer reading program, please prepare to collect participation statistics this summer and submit them to the ICfL by August 31. (Link to report is at bottom of page.)

Summer reading program materials, such as CSLP program manuals and Bright Futures materials, are LSTA-funded. Every public library is required to submit a report, which includes participation numbers (if your library is not hosting a summer reading program, simply indicate this on the report). These statistics are used by ICfL to fulfill reporting requirements issued by IMLS (the Institute for Museum and Library Services), which administers LSTA at the federal level. In the event we receive future Fred Meyer Corporation funds to purchase books, we will use your SRP statistics to determine how many books you will receive.  Failure to report your data will jeopardize your library‚Äôs eligibility for future summer reading books and materials.

To see a preview of the data you will be asked to submit, please click here. This preview will allow you to design data collection instruments and procedures at the beginning of your summer reading program.

Thank you in advance for helping us collect this important data!

Your Summer Reading Team, Staci, Stephanie, and Erica

The report link below will be accessible July 1, 2014.

Summer Reading Program Report