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Summer Reading Programs

North Dakota participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). CSLP is a consortium of all 50 states working to provide high-quality summer reading materials at the lowest cost possible for public libraries. The North Dakota CSLP representative represents all North Dakota public libraries through ongoing communication, committee work, and by attending the annual CSLP national conference as a voting member. Every year, CSLP publishes a themed summer reading manual, which contains valuable information for planning, promoting, and hosting a successful summer reading program.

Request your 2019 manual here.

Summer Reading Celebration

The Summer Reading Celebration is Friday, May 31, from 10am to 3pm at the ND Heritage Center on the Capitol Grounds in Bismarck. This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please see:

Informational Flyer (pdf)

Adult Summer Reading Bingo

If you would like to offer adults a summer reading program but don't think you have the time, check out our customizable bingo card template! It is an editable PDF you can fill in with activities for patrons to complete. There is also a list of ideas, so you don't even have to brainstorm! If you usually just do a summer reading program for kids, this is a great way to get the whole family involved in summer reading. Parents make great reading role models, and adults without kids can participate in the fun as well!

Bingo Card Template (pdf)

Bingo Card Ideas (pdf)

Bingo Card (pdf)

2019 Summer Reading Resources

Universe of Stories - Pinterest

Summer Reading Workshops

Whether you've done a summer reading program for decades or whether you're planning to host your very first program, this workshop will provide opportunities to learn, discuss, and share ideas for the 2019 summer reading program. As one attendee put it: I'm so glad to have attended the workshop. It got me excited and motivated to start planning my summer reading program! The workshops are being offered at no charge, but attendees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and food expenses. Each workshop will run from 10am-4pm with a break for lunch. Please register online.

2019 Theme: A Universe of Stories

A Universe of Stories kids poster
Children's Poster
A Universe of Stories teen poster
Teen Poster
A Universe of Stories adult poster
Adult Poster

Story Time Resources

The NDSU Extension Service offers a series of publications called Bright Beginnings which focus on the growth and development of young children. We have adapted content of two of the publications that address children and reading to be used as a parent handout at story time.

Ages and Stages of Young Readers
Play Time as Learning Time
Reading with Your Child

Directory of Performers

Are you looking for entertainment for your Summer Reading party or other library event? Check out the Directory of Performers for ideas! If you would like see a performer added to the directory, please use this form to submit your suggestions.

Useful Websites

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
National Summer Learning Association


If you have any questions about summer reading programs in North Dakota, please email

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