Summer Reading

Virtual Programming

  • How should I be counting virtual programs?

    A template spreadsheet courtesy of Keturah Cappadonia from the Southern Tier Library System. State guidance so far has been to do your best to measure virtual programming separate from in-person programming, and to separate live view counts from pre-recorded view counts.

  • How should I record video for storytimes?

    Jester Jim's "Basics of Video Making" webinar, organized by the Nassau Library System

  • How can we share online programs?

    The WLS burbio calendar consolidates online programming from member libraries in one place. Programs are pulled automatically from library calendars, contact if you do not see your programs listed.

  • What about Copyright?

    Lewisboro Library's Anna Lillian Moser graciously put together this guide to working with material from major publishers; adapted from School Library Journal's COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory (

  • Digital Escape Rooms

    A google doc containing escape rooms categorized by age group and theme. Also contains guidance on designing your own escape room! Contact of the Sun Prairie Public Library to add to this collaborative list.

READsquared - Available now, no need to wait!

The READsquared web tool is available for free to all NYS public libraries. (Through December 31, 2022)


Activation of the mobile app costs a one-time $100 fee.

Administrator and control panel demo site:

User interface demo site:

For Technical Support:

  • Email
  • Someone from the support team will work with you by email, by phone, or by video conferencing; whatever you need for the problem you have!

For general READsquared/Summer Reading questions:

  • Sharon Phillips, Library Development Specialist, Youth Services, New York State Library

You can have a separate module for your children, teen, and adult programs. Changes can be made to individual programs; if your changes are taking hold across the board please check the administrator panel or contact READsquared support ( 

Upon signing up for READsquared, your library will be provided with log-in credentials for a top-level administrator account.


Once you have logged into the admin side of READsquared, you can go into the administrator panel to add unique logins and permissions for individual staff.

Get a jump start on Summer Reading 2020

Find info, resources, and materials on the Division of Library Development website and

You can already activate and use READsquared

    • Click here for the 

Need READsquared support?

For technical issues:

For other questions: Sharon Phillips,, 518-486-4863

CSLP Summer Reading Program Manual

The CSLP Manual is ready for download!  Steps to access the manual are listed below.

  1. Log into to the CSLP website:  If you do not have a login, please create an account by registering on the site.
  2. Once you are logged into the website, go to Manual Downloads (in the top menu).
  3. One time only, you will obtain the online manual code for your building.  Click on OBTAIN ON-LINE MANUAL CODE.
  4. Select your state.
  5. Complete the request form with your first and last name, e-mail address and library name.
  6. SUBMIT the form to get your Online Access Code (happens right away). You can share this code among staff at your location.
  7. From this point forward, return to Manual Download and select the Online Manual for the program.

If you lose your manual code, please contact CSLP at 1-866-657-8556 or 1-833-225-8661.

View the video to show you helpful tips on how to download and print the manual, extract specific images and search by topic or section!

2020 Collaborative Summer Library Program Catalog: Imagine Your Story

Encourage readers of all ages with themed incentives & decor. The 2020 Collaborative Summer Program Catalog has everything you’ll need to have a “Stellar Summer Program” for the new year!” Click here to view the scanned copy. Create a log in account for access to more valuable materials/ideas and samples. Place your order by December 1 for delivery by March 1. Place your order by January 1 for delivery by April 1. Place your order by March 1 for delivery by May 1. After March 1, call for estimated ship dates.

Future Summer Reading Themes and Slogans

  • 2020: Theme – Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Mythology ; Slogan: Imagine Your Story
  • 2021: Theme – Animals; Slogan – Tails and Tales
  • 2022: Theme- Change the World; Slogan – All Together Now

Summer Reading Resources

Summer Reading Quick Facts