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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 2014 is Fizz, Boom, Read.
The Young Adult slogan for 2014 is Spark a Reaction.
The Adult slogan for 2014 is Literary Elements.

Manuals and order forms for the 2014 Summer Reading Program will be mailed in October, 2013 and the deadline for ordering Summer Reading Program materials for summer 2014 will be December 1, 2013. Late orders may not be filled completely. Materials are scheduled to be shipped on March, 2014. [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, Jerry Breazile, 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:

Two great webinars are being offered by Upstart, introducing the 2014 CSLP programs. This is an opportunity to spend an hour with Patti Sinclair, the editor for the CSLP manuals as she offers insightful tips that will help build excitement for the 2014 program and provide a great start to the planning process. The first webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. CST.  This webinar will highlight the Early Literacy and Children's program.  The second webinar will be offered on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. CST and will highlight the Teen program.  Both webinars will be one hour in length. Registration and more information can be found by clicking:  http://shopcslp.com/cslp/pages/webinars

In the Summer Reading Program manual, on pages 49 and 50 of Chapter 2 – Promoting, you will need to correct the phrasing:
 Readers of all ages will be transformed into scientists, not explore all things underground.
 Los lectores de todas las edades sera transformado en cientificos, not exploran todas las cosas debajo de la tierra.

  • 2014 Fizz, Boom, Read*
    • Book List by Sally Snyder (PDF from 2013 NLA session)
      (PDF from 2014 Summer Reading Program Workshops)
    • NCompass Live: Pending Date
    • Resources from CSLP and 2014 Order Form & Posters
              (you'll need your username & password)
    • 2014 Evaluation (PDF)

  • 2014 Young Adult: Spark a Reaction
    • 2014 Evaluation (PDF)
  • 2014 Adult: Literary Elements

Future Summer Reading Programs in Nebraska

The 2015 general topic is: Heroes
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Children: Every Hero Has a Story
-Teen: Unmask!
-Adult: Escape the Ordinary

The 2016 general topic is: Wellness/Fitness/Sports

These topics 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 2013 was Dig into Reading.
  • The Young Adult slogan for 2013 was Beneath the Surface.
  • The Adult slogan for 2013 was Groundbreaking Reads.


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

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

  • 2010 slogan was Make A Splash -- READ!
  • Young Adult 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
  • Young Adult slogan for 2009 was Express Yourself @your libraryTM.
  • Adult slogan was Master the Art of Reading

  • 2008 Summer Reading Catch the Reading Bug
  • Young Adult - Metamorphosis @ your libraryTM
  • 2007 Get A Clue
  • Young Adult Theme - YNK (You Never Know @ your libraryTM
  • 2006 -Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales
  • Young Adult Theme - Creature Feature

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

  • 2004 - Discover New Trails @ your libraryTM
  • Young Adult Theme - Get Lost @ your libraryTM
  • 2003 - Laugh It Up @ your libraryTM
  • Young Adult 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.