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Oregon Summer Reading

Summer Reading Manuals

All Oregon public, volunteer, and tribal libraries are members of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), and receive a free summer reading manual.  Oregon libraries are encouraged to create an account on the CSLP website to access additional summer reading resources. CSLP membership dues and manual fees are paid for by the State Library with Library Services and Technology Act funds.​
CSLP summer reading manuals are distributed by OLA’s ummer reading manuals are distributed by OLA’s Children's Services Division, summer reading feedback and suggestions are collected and shared with CSLP by OLA’s Oregon Young Adult Network, and both organizations share summer reading resources and ideas at their meetings.
Please contact one of Oregon's CSLP representatives for more information:
CSD Summer Reading Club Chair
OYAN Collaborative Summer Reading Chair
Katie Anderson (503-378-2528) Youth Services Consultant at the Oregon State Library
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Summer Reading Sweepstakes

In 2010 the Oregon State Library, Oregon Library Association, and Oregon College Savings Plan partnered together to launch a program in conjunction with the statewide summer reading program.  The program encourages parents, grandparents, and legal guardians of children 0-18 years old to enter to win a $1,000 Oregon College Savings Plan. At the end of each summer up to 15 winners, three from each of Oregon's five congressional districts, will be selected in a random drawing. The libraries indicated on the winning entry forms will receive $500 for their next summer reading program. In 2011 the Oregon College Savings Plan began underwriting one free summer reading performer for each legally established public library serving communities of 10,000 or fewer, brining crowd-drawing events to small libraries that otherwise couldn't afford them. 
Every Fall all public libraries order program materials when they complete the annual summer reading statistics and ordering survey administered by the State Library. This is an optional component of the summer reading program, and individual libraries may use the program materials in whatever way works best with their local summer reading program.  Each year the name of the program will change to reflect the current summer reading program theme. 
The 2014 Fizz Boom Save! summer reading sweepstakes winners were:
  • John Ficher of Myrtle Point, Grade 4, Flora M Laird Memorial Library
  • Javon Hoffman of Beaverton, Grade 1, Hillsboro Public Library — Shute Park Branch Library
  • Aspen Bailey of McMinnville, Grade 1, McMinnville Public Library
  • Corvallis-Benton County Public Library — Philomath Community Library
  • Caleb Vaughan of Prineville, Grade 2, Crook County Library
  • Sophia Marsh of Albany, Grade 5, Albany Main Library
  • Rebekah Hewlett of Bend, Grade 2, Deschutes Public Library System — East Bend Library
  • Isabella Johnston of Portland, Grade 3, Multnomah County Library — Hollywood Library
Please check back in June2015 to learn about the next summer reading sweepstakes.
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Summer Reading Certificates

Research shows youth can maintain or improve their reading skills by choosing to read what they want to read in their free time (free voluntary reading) and reading at least 20 minutes a day five days a week. Oregon summer reading certificates recognize and commend youth for reading during their summer break from school. Youth from birth to high school graduation are eligible to receive an Oregon Summer Reading Certificate when they complete a local library's summer reading program or listen to/read ten books over the summer.

In 2015 Oregon Summer Reading Certificates will only be available to download and print from the website. Please check back in June 2015 to download and print the 2015 Oregon Summer Reading Certificates.

2015 Oregon Summer Reading Certificate design contest has launched! For more information about the contest, please read this email. The state seal is available in color and black and white for use on designs entered into the contest.​
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Summer Learning, Library, Lunch (SL3)

Since 2012, the Oregon State Library has been partnering with OregonASK, Oregon Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs, Oregon Library Association, and the National Summer Learning Association to keep school libraries open in conjunction with the free summer lunch program and provide the statewide summer reading program. The goal of the Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch (SL3) program is prevent summer learning loss and reduce the achievement gap.  

Pilot SL3 elementary-school sites are selected by OregonASK based on the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced lunch and the percentage of students not reading at grade level according to the most recent 3rd grade reading test scores. SL3 sites are encouraged to partner with their local public library to implement the summer reading program. If a public library is unable to do partner with an SL3 site, then the State Library provides summer reading support. Youth from birth through 12th grade may participate in lunch and summer reading at SL3 sites.  

Please visit the OregonASK website for more information about Summer Learning, Summer Library, Summer Lunch (SL3).
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Summer Reading Research and Resources

The Oregon State Library's Youth Services Best Practices for Oregon Libraries blog and website is the place to learn about research-based components of high-quality summer reading programs, find examples of Oregon libraries implementing those components, and keep up with research, resources, and information around summer reading. 

The Collaborative Summer Library Program website has resources for planning children's, teen, and adult summer reading.  Collaborative members put together links to other information on the internet that may be useful in planning programs, events, and booklists around each year's theme. 
Reading Rockets summer reading resources include tips for parents, tips for teachers and librarians, articles about summer learning research, booklists, and more. 
Johns Hopkins University's National Center for Summer Learning conducts research, develops policy, and provides professional development regarding summer learning. This is a great way to keep up-to-date and summer reading research.  I recommend reading their Association Publications for your own professional development, and pulling talking point out of their Research Briefs to prepare for media interviews andadvocacy. 
California Library Association's Outcome Based Summer ReadingInitiative resources and results, and their summer Lunch at the Library program information and evaluation results.
The Dominican Study: Public Library Summer Reading Programs Close the Reading Gap, a study conducted from October 2006 through September 2010 that examined the impact of public library summer reading program on student achievement among 3rd and 4th grade students. 
The Importance of Summer Reading: Public Library Summer Reading Programs and Learning, a research brief published by the New York State Library in January 2010. 

The ALA Public Library Association's Evaluating Summer Reading Programs: Suggested Improvements by Joe Matthews on May 10, 2013.
Reading Takes You Places: A Study of a Web-based Summer Reading Program, a report by the American Association of School Librarians and published by the American Library Association in 2009.​
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Oregon Summer Reading Statistics

Annual Summer Reading Briefs 
In 2010 collection of summer reading statistics was transferred from the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Services Division (CSD) to the State Library because the State Library is the organization responsible for reporting summer reading participation at the State level. Upon assuming responsibility for collecting summer reading statistics, the State Library began reporting the data to Oregon libraries and the Legislature via the annual Oregon Summer Reading Brief
Annual Summer Reading Statistics Spreadsheet 
In 2011, due to requests from libraries, the State Library began publishing the Oregon Summer Reading Statistics Spreadsheet which breaks down participation statistics by individual library and includes the estimated number of children 0-14 years old served by each library.  Libraries are encouraged to use this data to evaluate and set goals for their summer reading programs.  
  • 2014 Oregon Summer Reading Statistics Spreadsheet (download as a PDF or excel.xls)
  • 2013 Oregon Summer Reading Statistics Spreadsheet (download as a PDF or excel.xls)
  • 2011 Oregon Summer Reading Statistics Spreadsheet (download as a PDF or excel.xls)
Note: You will notice that the numbers reported as participants in the Summer Reading Program Brief and those reported as sign-ups on the Spreadsheet are different.  That is because some libraries report the number of finishers rather than the number of sign-ups and some do not count participation at all. Multnomah County Library signs up all students in Multnomah County school districts. Because of these discrepancies in reporting, the State Library uses formulas to estimate the number of children who sign up, which we then report as participants in the Brief. The numbers on the Spreadsheet are as reported by the local library.
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Upcoming Summer Reading Programs

All Oregon public, volunteer, and tribal libraries are members of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). CSLP membership dues are paid for by the State Library with Library Services and Technology Act funds. Legally established public libraries in Oregon using state funds to support summer reading must use the following summer reading themes. Public, volunteer, and tribal libraries not using state funds to support summer reading may use different summer reading themes.
  • Every Hero Has a Story (Children/one slogan for all ages)
  • Unmask! (teens)
  • Escape the Ordinary (adults)
The 2016 summer reading theme is 'wellness/sports/fitness' and the slogans are:
  • On Your Mark, Get Set, Read (children/one slogan for all ages)
  • Get in the Game: Read (teens)
  • Exercise Your Mind - Read (adults)
The 2017 summer reading theme is 'build a better work'. The slogans will be announced in May 2015.
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