Ohio Summer Reading Program

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Fizz Boom Read (2014 children’s program)
Spark a Reaction (2014 teen program)
Literary Elements  (2014 adult program)

Updated 4/16/14: Check out the winner and runners-up in the 2014 Ohio Teen Video Challenge!

Learn about the benefits of summer reading programs and share them with your community.

The 2014 Ohio SRP Community Connections list of science/technology-related establishments in Ohio is now available. 

The 2014 Ohio State Fair discount voucher and Ohio State Parks certificate for 50% off camping are now available for download.  All Ohio public libraries are welcome to distribute these promotions as summer reading program incentives.  Instructions were sent to the Library Youth Services list and OPLINlist.  If you need the links to download the promotions, please email the State Library.

The artist for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) 2014 Children’s program, Fizz Boom Read, is Dan Santat. A separate Early Literacy program also features Dan Santat artwork and the Fizz Boom Read theme. Dan is the illustrator of many books including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger, Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett, and Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa. In 2011, Dan published his first graphic novel, Sidekicks.

The Teen program theme is Spark a Reaction, featuring artwork by illustrator and portrait artist Tim O'Brien.  The Adult program theme is Literary Elements, featuring artwork by Larry Jones

Upcoming programs include:

2015: Every Hero Has a Story (children's); Unmask! (teens); Escape the Ordinary (adult)
2016: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read (children's); Get in the Game - Read (teens); Exercise Your Mind - Read (adult)

Explore SRP resources on this site and enjoy planning your 2014 SRP!

Early Literacy
Fizz Boom Read
¡Pum, Paf, a Leer!

Fizz Boom Read
¡Pum, Paf, a Leer!

Spark a Reaction
Enciende una Reacción

Literary Elements
Elementos Literarios

Images are copyrighted. Contact the CSLP at 1-866-657-8556 or contact@cslpreads.org for more information.

You may download the posters in English and Spanish from your CSLP 2014 manual DVD, or purchase them from Upstart's CSLP catalog.


The Teen Video Challenge is an annual CSLP-sponsored competition for teens to create videos that promote reading, libraries, and the CSLP theme, which is 2014 is Spark a Reaction. One winning video created by a teen or group of teens is selected as the Ohio winner and shared with libraries across the state and nationwide. The winning teen or group of teens is awarded $275 plus a $125 award for the winner's local public library.

The 2014 winner is "Super Readers", created by Port Clinton High School Digital Media students and benefiting the Ida Rupp Public Library.

2014 Ohio runners-up include "Knowledge is Power", produced by teens at the Stark County District Library, Plain Branch, and "Libraries Spark Reactions", produced by teens at the Mercer County District Public Library.

The 2013 Ohio TVC winner, "Beneath the Surface", was created by teens at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library TAB. Teens around the country were challenged to create videos promoting the "Beneath the Surface" theme.  The 2012 Ohio winner, "It's In Your Heart", was created by patrons of the Evergreen Community Library and was featured among the state winners promoting the "Own the Night" theme.



Ohio’s four Regional Library Systems offer workshops in support of library SRPs. The State Library of Ohio is pleased to sponsor the workshops. These in-person workshops focus on planning and producing SRPs for children through age 12, and much of the content relates to the CSLP theme.  2014 workshops took place from November 2013 - March 2014.   

The Regional Library Systems and State Library produced teen and adult mini-workshops by webinar in February 2014. The presentations from these workshops are free for you to download and use:

2014 Teen SRP Workshop Materials

2014 Adult SRP Workshop Materials


Robot and bookstack

Explore these SRP resources and enjoy planning!

Bedtime Math, a nonprofit organization that aims to put the fun and discovery back into learning math, is partnering with CSLP to offer its Summer of Numbers program to libraries. Summer of Numbers encourages kids to explore math through Bedtime Math Problems, which incorporate math riddles into short bedtime stories. Learn more and download free promotional posters on the CSLP website or download the CSLP/Summer of Numbers publicity flyer (PDF).

National Geographic Kids is also partnering with CSLP. . A catalog of selected books from NGKids was shipped to Ohio public libraries with your manuals. Contact Janet Ingraham Dwyer for additional copies of this catalog.

Each Ohio county has a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), many of which offer educational programs, materials, and experiences for young people to learn about conserving and promoting stewardship of land and water resources. SWCD programs, materials, and outreach opportunities could be great tie-ins with your SRP! Contact your county SWCD to inquire about partnership opportunities. Contact information for all 88 Ohio SWCDs is on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website.

Jay Burton at SERLS has compiled a list of Hands-On Science Activities with Everyday Objects, from a Bubbling Foam Bottle to a Balloon Rocket.



Library summer reading programs encourage children and teens to practice reading and literacy skills during out-of-school time, which can help maintain proficiency and counter the “summer slide” (the documented decrease in reading proficiency of students who do not read during the summer). When you promote SRP in your community, lead with the message that SRP supports student learning. These links to research and best practices will help you make the case.

  • The vision of the National Summer Learning Association is for every child to be safe, healthy, and engaged in learning during the summer. The NSLA connects summer learning program providers and stakeholders with tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation.

  • The Importance of Summer Reading, a discussion of public library summer reading programs and learning from the New York State Library.

  • Components of High-Quality Summer Reading Programs, a list from the Youth Services Best Practices for Oregon Libraries blog.

  • The Value of Summer Reading, a research compilation from the California Library Association covering the importance of summer reading programs and the value of reading, resources relating to summer learning loss, and information on generating results that will demonstrate the impact of your summer reading program.

  • Library Summer Reading Programs, ALA Library Fact Sheet 17, offers some basic points on the benefits of SRP, and a selection of citations to research and best practices.

  • Summer Reading from Reading Rockets provides information about summer reading and summer learning loss, including tips for parents as well as resources for teachers and librarians.

  • Keeping Kids Off the Summer Slide is one of a collection of helpful articles for teachers and parents from Reading Is Fundamental.

  • How to Create a Knockout Summer Literacy Program by Karen Springen (School Library Journal, March 17, 2014) discusses planning, outreach, collaboration, and appropriate, literacy-related incentives. According to the article, “Many librarians are combining … inventive activities with statistic- and research-based initiatives that track summer reading outcomes. They’re aiming to redress a serious problem: the achievement gap that especially hurts lower-income kids, who typically lose two months of reading proficiency per summer, according to research.”

  • Mid-Continent Public Library Proves Summer Reading Programs Boost Student Achievement by Lauren Barack (School Library Journal, February 12, 2014). This article reports on a pilot study in Missouri that suggests summer reading programs raise student reading levels in the fall, particularly among at-risk kids.

  • Summer Reading and the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap: An Educator Responds to Questions, a June, 2013 School Library Journal interview with Richard L. Allington, co-author of Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Achievement Gap. Allington argues that the main cause of the rich/poor reading achievement gap is unequal access to books. He urges librarians to get books into the hands of children from low-income families, especially during the summer.



Individual public library employees from member states are encouraged to register on the CSLP website. Registration is free and easy.  Registered members have access to the "extras" that will enhance your summer reading program, including the online incentive catalog, graphics, signing videos, PSAs and so much more. Go to http://www.cslpreads.org/ and click on “Create Account”.  Registration requires approval, so you will not be able to access the members-only resources until you receive an email from CSLP acknowledging your membership.  The turnaround is pretty quick!

Note: CSLP art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by CSLP members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited. All public libraries in Ohio are CSLP members. Please review and be aware of the CSLP Rules of Use.

If you need an extra CSLP manual, have questions about CSLP materials or rules of use, or need any support or assistance with your summer reading program, please contact Janet Ingraham Dwyer, library consultant for youth services at the State Library of Ohio.


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SRP Community Connections

 Document / Last Modified: 27 March 2014

These are lists of Ohio attractions, cultural heritage institutions, museums, festivals, and other institutions that align well with each year's Collaborative Summer Library Program theme.

2014 Teen SRP Workshop Materials

 Document / Last Modified: 13 March 2014

Presentations and handouts from the Feb. 2014 Teen SRP Workshop webinars hosted by NEO-RLS, sponsored by the Regional Library Systems and State Library. Download individual files by clicking links below.

2014 Adult SRP Workshop Materials

 Document / Last Modified: 13 March 2014

Presentations and handouts from the Feb. 2014 Adult SRP Workshop webinar hosted by NEO-RLS, sponsored by the Regional Library Systems and State Library. Download individual files by clicking links below.

2013 Teen SRP Workshop Materials

 Document / Last Modified: 26 March 2013

Presentations from the February 2013 Teen SRP Workshop webinars hosted by NEO-RLS and sponsored by the Regional Library Systems and State Library. Download individual presentations by clicking links below.