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Nebraska Summer Reading Programs

Nebraska is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) consortium who contracts with Upstart-Highsmith to develop, produce, and distribute summer reading material to libraries in several states.

The Summer Reading Program program slogan for 2016 is On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.
The Teen slogan for 2016 is Get in the Game - Read.
The Adult slogan for 2016 is Exercise Your Mind - Read.

Manuals and order forms for the 2016 Summer Reading Program were mailed in October, 2015 and the deadline for ordering Summer Reading Program materials for summer 2016 was December 1, 2015. Late orders may not be filled completely. Materials are scheduled to be shipped on March, 2016. [Shipping dates are subject to change.]

To see a listing of current, past, and future Summer reading programs please see below.

All public libraries will receive one copy of the program manual at no charge. If a public library needs additional copies of the manual, the additional manuals must be ordered directly from Highsmith at the regular purchase price.

Nebraska school libraries and media centers may receive one copy of the program manual at no charge, but only if one is requested. School libraries and media centers may request the manual by contacting Sally Snyder or by phone at 1-800-307-2665. Manuals should be requested by January 1. If a school library or media center needs additional copies of the manual, the additional manuals must be ordered directly from Highsmith at the regular purchase price.

For a complete list of summer reading manuals available from the Nebraska Library Commission, go to the this link Summer Reading Programs from the Library Commission.


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Current Summer Reading Program in Nebraska:

  • 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read
    • Book List by Sally Snyder (PDF from Library Systems workshops)
      (PDF from 2016 Summer Reading Program Workshops)
    • NCompass Live: Recorded Session
    • Resources from CSLP and 2016 Order Form & Posters
              (you'll need your username & password)
    • 2016 Teen: Get in the Game - Read

    • 2016 Adult: Exercise Your Mind - Read

Future Summer Reading Programs in Nebraska

    The 2017 general topic is: Building / Construction / Architecture / Volunteering 
    For the first time, the slogan will be the same for all the levels of readers. 
    The slogan is:  Build a Better World

    The 2018 general topic is: Music
    Once again the slogan will be the same for all the levels of readers.  The slogan is:  Libraries Rock  

These topics and slogans were selected by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) Council. For more information about the CSLP, go to the CSLP Web page. Here's a link if you would like more information about Nebraska's CSLP program.

For more information about summer reading programs in Nebraska, contact: Sally Snyder Coordinator Children and Young Adult Library Services.


Past Summer Reading Programs in Nebraska

  • The Summer Reading Program program slogan for 2015 was Every Hero Has a Story.
  • The Teen slogan for 2015 was Unmask!
  • The Adult slogan for 2015 was Escape the Ordinary.


  • The Summer Reading Program program slogan for 2014 was Fizz, Boom, Read.
  • The Teen slogan for 2014 was Spark a Reaction.
  • The Adult slogan for 2014 was Literary Elements.


  • The Summer Reading Program program slogan for 2013 was Dig into Reading.
  • The Teen slogan for 2013 was Beneath the Surface.
  • The Adult slogan for 2013 was Groundbreaking Reads.


  • 2012 was Dream Big - Read.
  • Teen slogan for 2012 was Own the Night.
  • Adult slogan for 2012 was Between the Covers.


  • 2011 was One World, Many Stories.
  • Teen slogan for 2011 was You are Here.
  • Adult slogan for 2011 was Novel Destinations.

  • 2010 slogan was Make A Splash -- READ!
  • Teen slogan for 2010 was Make Waves at Your Library.
  • Adult slogan for 2010 was Water Your Mind  READ.

  • 2009 slogan was Be Creative @ your libraryTM
  • Teen slogan for 2009 was Express Yourself @your libraryTM.
  • Adult slogan was Master the Art of Reading

  • 2008 Summer Reading Catch the Reading Bug
  • Teen - Metamorphosis @ your libraryTM

  • 2007 Get A Clue
  • Teen Theme - YNK (You Never Know @ your libraryTM

  • 2006 -Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales
  • Teen Theme - Creature Feature

  • 2005 - Dragons, Dreams, and Daring Deeds
  • Teen Theme - Joust Read

  • 2004 - Discover New Trails @ your libraryTM
  • Teen Theme - Get Lost @ your libraryTM

  • 2003 - Laugh It Up @ your libraryTM
  • Teen Theme - HA! (first Teen Theme)

    2002 - Join the Winner's Circle - Read
    2001- Reading Road Trip, USA
    2000- Cosmic Connections at Your Library
    1999- Treasure Your Library.
    1998- Rock 'N' Read.
    1997- Thrills & Chills At The Library.
    1996- Peer-Amid Books.
    1995- Adventure Begins at Camp Read-A-Lot.
    1994- Books Make The World Go Round.
    1993- Books Come In All Flavors.
    1992- Dive Into A Good Book.
    1991- Western Frontier!
    1990- Summer Safari : Stalk A Story.
    1989- Space And Beyond : Find Your Own Space With A Book.
    1988- Dino-Soaring Into Books.
    1987- Your Library -- Greatest Show of All!
    1986- Have a Bearable Summer.
    1985- All Aboard The Reading Railroad!
    1984- Go Hog Wild With Books.
    1983- Superreader.
    1982- Your Library -- The FUN FACTory
    1981- Fantasy Summer.

Manuals for each of the Summer Reading Programs listed above are available for check-out from the Nebraska Library Commission. The Nebraska Library Commission also makes available for check-out summer reading manuals from other states. If you are interested in borrowing manuals, please contact the Nebraska Library Commission at 1-800-307-2665 or send e-mail to Ask A Librarian. (Check outs are available to Nebraska Librarians only - we do not loan summer reading manuals outside Nebraska.)


Locating Manuals Available from the Nebraska Library Commission.

For a complete list of summer reading manuals available from the Nebraska Library Commission, go to the Summer Reading Programs from Across the U.S. Web page (Check outs are available to Nebraska Librarians only - we do not loan summer reading manuals outside Nebraska.)

Search the complete Nebraska Library Commission online catalog.

Manuals can easily be located in the online catalog by using one of the following search methods:

  • Title of individual manuals
  • Series title "Summer reading manuals"
  • Subject-Local "Summer reading programs" or
  • Subject-Local taken from the Subjects list on the Summer Reading Programs Across the U.S. page.

Summer reading manuals for specific states or for specific years can be found by performing a Keyword Search in the online catalog using the state and/or year and the phrase "summer reading program" as keywords.