The Arizona Reading Program (ARP), sponsored by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, promotes literacy development by providing resources that help librarians plan, promote, and implement reading programs for all ages. Each library is encouraged to adapt the resources on this site to meet the needs and assets of their own community.
For information on the importance of summer library programs please visit: https://azsos.libguides.com/azsummerlibrary
This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Promoting Your Library's Summer Programs
- Increase knowledge – Help your community learn more about the advantages of participating in summer library programs at https://azsos.libguides.com/azsummerlibrary.
- Strategize your marketing message – What problem will a summer visit to the library solve for your customer? What are the most exciting services your library has to offer this summer?
- Amplify awareness – Include #AzReadingProgram and other appropriate hashtags with social media posts.
- Leverage available resources
Arizona Reading Program Themes
The Arizona State Library participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) as a member and pays for membership for all public libraries in Arizona. This allows the State Library to make available to Arizona libraries the exclusive materials created for member use only. The State Library provides manuals, banners, posters, bookmarks, reading logs, stamps, and certificates to support summer reading programs throughout Arizona. Libraries can use their own or partner funds to purchase incentive and other materials not provided by the State Library.
- 2024: Adventure Begins at Your Library (Adventure)
- 2025: Color Our World (Art)
- 2026: Unearth a Story (Dinosaurs)
Summer Reading Evaluation
We request several key pieces of information annually and encourage you to review the 2023 ARP Final Report Worksheet before summer reading begins to gather the necessary information. We have added space for you to enter virtual programming and share the other creative ways you are serving your community.
Below are the Patron Surveys. We used the Project Outcome Summer Reading Survey as the template for this year’s Patron Surveys. If you plan to use a paper survey you can download the .pdfs of the Patron Surveys provided below.
If you create an online patron survey, we request that you use the same wording and response options provided in the Patron Survey templates. You are welcome to add questions.
If you have any concerns, please contact [email protected] and we will work together to get the information submitted.
The Arizona Presenters' Showcase is a listing of artists, educators and presenters that are interested in presenting to Arizona library audiences.
Listing within the Arizona Presenters' Showcase is not an endorsement by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (State Library). State Library does not endorse individual vendors, products or services. For more information about presenters, contact libraries that have hosted them within the past two years. These are listed under “References.” If none are listed, please exercise due diligence by requesting references.
Online Summer Reading
Exciting way to track summer reading achievements.
Many Arizona libraries are participating in an exciting new way to participate in summer reading online. This new approach gives participants a chance to engage with online literacy activities and rewards, such as educational games, and badges, all while continuing to become better readers. If you are interested in using the online summer reading tool in your library contact Donna Throckmorton by email.
Maricopa County Reads
In 2014 Maricopa County Library District, developed and piloted (with support from federal LSTA funding granted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records) the Great Reading Adventure online reading program. The Great Reading Adventure is a web-based, open-source software program designed to manage reading programs in schools and libraries. Maricopa County Library District provides support to all libraries within Maricopa County.
If you have questions or need technical support for the Maricopa County Reads online program, please contact email.
Arizona State Parks & Trails – Outdoor adventures begin at your library
Through a collaboration between Arizona State Parks and Trails and the State Library, local libraries can offer day-use passes as an award for participating in summer library programs. These passes encourage Arizona’s children to read, learn and then visit our state parks to experience all the great outdoor recreation adventures available.
There are more than 30 state parks to visit in Arizona, all across the state. We have great lakes, rivers, hiking trails, boating, fishing, and cool places to explore with your family and friends! Outdoor experiences can provide an opportunity to explore, discover and learn about the natural world, as well as be active, learn about the environment, see native plants and animals, test physical limits and get messy.
Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a nonprofit, charitable organization that supports literacy, education, and science through summer reading events in public libraries across the United States. By combining resources and working to produce materials designed for CSLP members, public libraries in participating states or systems can purchase posters, reading logs, bookmarks, certificates and a variety of reading incentives at significant savings. Please adhere to the Rules of Use when using CSLP products, manual, and artwork.
CSLP membership is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Libraries are encouraged to collaborate with local educators by visiting schools and keeping teachers and administrators informed about library programs including summer reading.