Summer reading – one for all and all for one

One for all and all for one

Ah, summer…  Kids reading,

StateLibQld 1 115956 Woman and child sitting on the beach at Sandgate, Brisbane, ca. 1907

teens reading,

Woman reading at the beach

adults reading…  

Woman reading on the beach

Wonderful … and yet, I have a complaint.

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I’ll begin by stating, unequivocally, that I am a fan of the Collaborative Summer Library Program and I mean no disrespect to the people who contribute countless hours to its planning.  A themed summer reading program is fun and invigorating, adding variety and inspiration to the summer season. This year’s theme is science. When I visit schools and tell  kids that we’ll be focusing on science this summer, they erupt in excitement. Science is fun. Science is cool. They’re thrilled.

When they arrive at the library with their families, however, they’re often more confused than excited. When confronted with three different programs (kids, teens, adults) with three different slogans they’re unsure. They often register for the wrong program.

What does this mean?” “Do I sign up for this, too?” “It’s not the same for her brother?”  “I’m an adult. This isn’t for me.” “How does it work again?

I believe that it’s time for one slogan for all.  If we want to promote family and community reading and cohesiveness, let’s have everyone on the same page. Sure, contract with different illustrators for age-appropriate graphics, but make it easy and give the program one name.  Surely we can come up with a slogan that will appeal to the masses. Right?

Next year’s slogans (all good ones, BTW) are already set in stone; but for 2016, I’d like to see one for all and all for one!

Your thoughts?


(For another commentary and chance to weigh in on CSLP, read Liz Burns’ post, “In Defense of CSLP” at A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy.)


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About Lisa Taylor

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7 Responses to Summer reading – one for all and all for one

  1. Casey O'Leary says:

    Yes, yes, yes! This year we chose one theme for our entire SRP for all ages. Everyone signs up in the same place and does the same process. The CSLP materials were used to develop programming ideas, but one cohesive theme has really brought our Youth Services team and our patrons together.

  2. Karen Yother says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I am so glad to hear that the science theme has been well-received by your kids. The possibilities for programs, displays, and Reader’s Advisory are endless!

    I wanted to clarify that in addition to the 3 distinct slogans each year, CSLP offers a one slogan option, including posters, t-shirts and materials. We are always working to meet the needs of our libraries across the country and appreciate your support and suggestions.

    Thank you,
    Karen Yother
    CSLP President

  3. Abby Johnson says:

    We do online signup through Evanced’s Summer Reader module, and one thing that’s made this year significantly easier is that we’ve named all the clubs the age ranges that they’re for. So the tabs patrons see when they sign up say “Ages 0-2”, “PreK-5th Grade”, “Teen”, and “Adult” instead of saying “Fizz Boom Read”, etc.

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