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Holston River Regional Library: 2017 Summer Reading: Build a Better World

Libguide for the Libraries in the Holston River Region.

Summer Reading Links

CSLP Monthly Newsletter

CSLP has hired an Organizational Coordinator this year, and one of his great new projects is producing a monthly newsletter. Now you can keep up on everything upcoming with CSLP! You can sign up to receive the newsletter by clicking on the envelope button on the bottom right of this page:

Early Literacy SRP Quick Start

School Age SRP Quick Start

Teen SRP Quick Start

Adult SRP Quick Start

Build a Better World

This page will be a work-in-progress throughout the duration of our summer programs. We will use this as a landing point to share ideas, resources, and links to collectively strengthen our programs. Please feel free to share information with me that you think would be a great addition to our page!

in First Lady Chrissy Haslam’s Read to be Ready Summer Reading Competition

Tennessee Libraries have a wonderful opportunity to participate in First Lady Chrissy Haslam’s Read to be Ready Summer Reading Competition. Kindergarten through rising 4th grade students in Tennessee are encouraged to track the number of minutes they read this summer from June 1 to July 28, and the top 100 readers will be invited to celebrate with a Kids State Dinner at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville on Friday, August 18.


How do libraries participate? It’s easy! Provide copies of the Reading Log Packet at your library during the summer. Advertise the Summer Reading Competition. When Reading Packets are returned to the library, submit the top reader’s packet to no later than August 2. That’s it!


For more information, visit

Upcoming Webinars

Early Literacy Program Manual, by CSLP. Free. January 26th, 2pm CST.

Teen Manual , by CSLP. Free. February 2nd, 2pm, CST.

Full STEAM Ahead, by Booklist Webinars. Free. February 7th, 1pm CST.

Teaching Tolerance, by Boolist Webinars. Free. February 14th, 1pm CST.

Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 3: Early Literacy Outside the Library Walls, by ALSC. Free. February 21st, 11am CST.

Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 4: Early Literacy and STEAM, by ALSC. Free. March 2, 2017, 2pm CST.

Exploring Similarity, Embracing Difference: How to Evaluate and Identify Literature Portraying Individuals with Disabilities, by ALSC. Free. April 18, 2017, 11am CST.

Exploring Similarity, Embracing Difference: Programming and Activities, by ALSC. Free. April 27, 2017.

How Libraries can use Literature to Support Family Engagement in Children's Social and Emotional Learning, by ALSC. Free. May 4, 2017, CST.

Children's Manual, by CSLP. Recording on demand.

Hey Kids! Look What We've Got! Effective marketing to Tweens and Teens. by Jake Rundle, Hastings Public Library. Free. Recording on demand. 

Summer Feeding Program Info

Follow the link below to see the full sized PDF with contact information!

Craft and Program Ideas

Recommended Reading Lists

ALSC's Unity.Kindness.Peace. Reading List

This booklist was created to share the message of creating unity, acting with kindness toward others, and promoting peace. For more information about this and other ALSC booklists, please visit

Read Aloud America's 2016 Book List

Read Aloud America's Book List Criteria: Excellent read-aloud appeal, cross-section of male/female characters, genres, and popular authors, strong character development, plot, themes, and positive messages, age appropriateness.

Mismatched Pairs

Paired non-fiction and fiction for tweens, created by ALSC's 2016-2017 School-Age Programs and Services Commiteee.

Example 2017 Adult SRP Tic Tac Toe

I've created a simple-to-implement adult summer reading log that not only encourages reading, but also promotes attendance at library programs and use of library services. If you would like this document in an editable format so that you can build from this to best meet your SRP goals/objectives, please email me at


Reading Adventure Packs for Families

Reading Rockets has developed a set of reading adventure packs to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered on a paired fiction and nonfiction books. Through the use of the reading adventure packs — a paired set of theme-based fiction and nonfiction books and related interactive activities that can be distributed to kids and families after a program or handed out on their own.

What goes into each reading adventure pack?

  • Parent information sheet with an introductory note that you can personalize, instructions about how to use the packet, and tips for sharing fiction and nonfiction books with children
  • Two books: one fiction and one nonfiction, selected by Reading Rockets for high quality and wide availability in school libraries
  • Creativity Activity: a hands-on craft project
  • Imagination Activity: encourages imaginative play, writing, or drawing
  • Get Real Activity: focuses on real-world experiences for parent and child
  • Bookmark: lists the featured titles and alternative titles

Read Aloud

Subject Guide

2017 Summer Reading Program Questions

Summer is almost here, and it is a good idea to capture your Summer Reading Program numbers while they are fresh on your minds.  Use the document provided below throughout your Summer Reading program to help with collecting your data for the 2017 Public Library Survey.

Funding Ideas

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Offers summer reading specific grants. Grant applications open in January.

First Book

First Book is a non-profit that provides new books and educational resources - for free and at low cost - to schools and programs serving children in need, from birth to age 18.

Better World Books

Better World Books is looking for libraries with “Game Changing” ideas which help advance a compelling literacy project.

Walmart Foundation

The Walmart Foundation's key areas of focus are opportunity, sustainability, and community.

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback is a national, non-profit organization, whose volunteers collect gently-used books and send them to American troops overseas, as well as veterans and military families here at home. Since 1999, we have shipped over 2.2 million books to over 30 locations overseas.

In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veterans hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at US Airport transit points. In 2012, we also added a new program that offers a free shipment of books to any military family.

  • Supplying children's books to deployed soldiers who read to their children via webcam or on DVDs.
  • Supplying books for the annual book give away at NSA Souda Bay in Crete, Greece for service members and their families.
  • Providing books from military Professional Reading Lists to support servicemember professional development goals.

Iggy Peck, Architect Activities


Helpful Links

CSLP Manual

Collaborative Summer Library Program's online manual and graphics. Instructions to create an account can be found on the back of the front page of this year's print manual.


Free, reliable resources for kids available through the Tennessee Electronic Library.

Governor's Books From Birth Foundation

Governor's Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF), in partnership with Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, builds a foundation for reading and learning through books for Tennessee's children. 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Free books for children, ages birth to 5 years old, mailed straight to the child's home.

TN READS Professional Development Titles

A Moving Child Is a Learning Child

How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think (Birth to Age 7)

by Gill Connell


Creativity and Children's Literature

New Ways to Encourage Divergent Thinking

by Marianne Saccardi

Babies in the Library!

by Jane Marino

Library Youth Outreach

26 Ways to Connect with Children, Young Adults and Their Families

by Kerol Harrod

Streamlined Library Programming

by Daisy Porter-Reynolds

Everyone Plays at the Library

Creating Great Gaming Experiences for All Ages

by Scott Nicholson

Picturing the World

Informational Picture Books for Children

by Kathleen T. Isaacs

Including Families of Children with Special Needs

A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, Revised Edition

by Carrie Scott Banks

Make It Here

Inciting Creativity and Innovation in Your Library

by Matthew Hamilton

Teen Craft Projects 2

by Tina Coleman

Artsy Toddler Storytimes

A Year's Worth of Ready-To-Go Programming

by Carol Garnett Hopkins

The Maker Cookbook

Recipes for Children's and 'Tween Library Programs

by Cindy Wall

Read Aloud