A Summer Reading Workshop is held each year in February or March, usually at TSCPL, and is a full day event. Kansas contracts with a workshop presenter who provides hands on examples of programming ideas, crafts, books, and other resources. Kansas is part of the national CSLP (Collaborative Summer Library Program), following a set theme and manual every year. NEKLS and the State Library work together to provide support and funding for manuals, materials and the workshop.

CSLP – Rules of Use

The Cooperative Summer Library Program (CSLP) allows member libraries use of annual themes and related artwork and manuals, within certain guidelines. NEKLS libraries are members through the State Library of Kansas.

Libraries may use the manual, DVD, slogans, artwork – within certain guidelines – during the Program Year. The program year runs from October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2015 (example). Proprietary downloads are available for members from the CSLP website. Be aware when working with local sponsors and outside organizations to adhere to the rules of use. Any questions may be directed to the NEKLS office.

Summer Reading Manuals

NEKLS provides the Summer Reading Manuals and accompanying DVDs to eligible public libraries each year at no cost. Orders are placed in late spring, with delivery generally before the end of the year.

Summer Reading Promotional Materials

NEKLS and the State Library jointly provide support for the purchase annually of materials to support and promote the summer reading program and theme annually. These materials include:

  • Posters
  • Bookmarks
  • Reading Records
  • Reading Certificates
  • Teen Posters
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Early Literacy Posters
  • EL Bookmarks
  • Door Hangers
  • Plastic Book Bags

Libraries may order these materials in accordance with their participation numbers in each age group (Early Literacy, Children, Teen). All materials are ordered through CSLP. Orders are placed through NEKLS each fall (usually October), with delivery in February or March.

Libraries are also encouraged to order promotional and “give away” items individually; other vendors may be used for these items.


Performer Directory

Libraries should maintain records of the mileage expense claimed by summer reading performers for programs presented between May 15 and August 31. At the end of the summer the library should submit a Summer Reading Performer Mileage Grant Application to the NEKLS office specifying the miles claimed for each performance. NEKLS will reimburse the library at the current year’s federal rate for mileage reimbursement up to a maximum of $250.00. The library should NOT give a performer a Summer Reading Mileage form. NEKLS will no longer directly reimburse the performer. All payments to performers will be made by the library. The application deadline is September 15th.

Ellison Dies

NEKLS owns an Ellison Die Cut Machine, along with a large collection of dies. Each year dies are added to the collection to support the upcoming summer reading theme. The collection also includes general use dies, such as an open book, closed book, frames, animals, vehicles, and others suitable for children’s programming. Dies can be requested through the NExpress catalog (Note: search on the keyword “Ellison”). Libraries may also bring their own supplies to the office and use the machine and dies on site.