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.
If you're looking for information on the current summer reading program, please visit Reading Programs at Your Library.
CSLP Manual and Supplies
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.
- 2020 - Imagine your Story (Fantasy)
- 2021 - Tails and Tales (Animals)
- 2022 - All Together Now (Unity, Kindness)
"Imagine Your Story" -- Toolkit for Social Media
Thanks to the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s Social Media ad-hoc committee, I am happy to share with you a Toolkit for Social Media around 2020’s Summer Library Program – “Imagine Your Story!” Please feel free to schedule social media posts on your library’s social networks using the samples provided. Graphics are available in your digital manual under file folder 09 as “Social Media Files.” Please adhere to the timeline as listed by posting within the month noted, but not posting before a specified date. This is a living document, so CSLP will be updating sections throughout the coming year - be sure to bookmark this document and return for updated campaign post ideas.
#ImagineYourStory and #LibrariesImagine are the official hashtags for 2020.
Summer Reading Evaluation
The Arizona Summer Reading Program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). We are asked to report on the activities and outcomes to IMLS.
We request several key pieces of information and encourage you to review the Final ARP Evaluation before summer reading begins to prepare you to gather the necessary information.
The Arizona State Library provides 2 forms to assist you in gathering the necessary statistic from summer reading.
For more information about the importance of gathering summer reading data, please view the short archived webinar.
Desired outcomes for the statewide summer reading program are:
- Participants of all ages read at least 20 minutes a day.
- Participants of all ages read more.
- Participants of all ages enjoy reading more.
- Participants of all ages use the library and/or its website more.
- Parents read more to their children.
- Children and teens are better readers because they keep reading even when they are not in school.
The Arizona Performer Showcase is a listing of artists, programs and performers that are interested in presenting to Arizona library audiences.
Library staff can leave feedback on the listed performers to help others narrow down their choices. If you have a favorite performer that is not listed, share this website with them and they can submit their event to be included.
Listing within the Arizona Performer 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 performers, 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 track summer reading. 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.
For libraries outside of Maricopa County - READsquared Enterprise Edition is a year round reading program solution that enhances the library experience with family accounts, activity logging, badges, suggested reading, events, missions, educational activities, book reviews, book trends, raffles, and more!
READsquared allows your library to custom tailor the patron experience with targeted features, functions, and content by age, and promote community support thru collaboration with schools, museums, and program sponsors. Built-in assessments and unparalleled reporting provide insights into your community’s unique character. Multiple digital and physical prizes allow you to engage and reward patrons of all ages and increase participation. If you are interested in using the online summer reading tool in your library contact Donna Throckmorton by email (select Donna Throckmorton from the categroy dropdown).
For libraries in Maricopa county - Maricopa County Reads - In 2014 Maricopa County Library District, developed and piloted (with support 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. If you have questions or need technical support for the Maricopa County Reads online program, please contact [email protected].
The Department of Education, The Arizona State Library, First Things First, the nonprofit organization Read On Arizona and MetaMetrics®, joined to promote the Arizona Reading Program for parents, educators and students.
The goal of this collaboration is to reduce summer reading slide for Arizona’s students. This partnership uses the public library’s summer reading program as a springboard to involve educators, students and parents in choosing summer reading materials based on interest and Lexile measures.
The Lexile Framework for Reading provides a common, developmental scale for matching reader ability and text difficulty. Lexile measures enable educators, parents and students to select targeted materials that can improve reading skills and to monitor reading growth across the curriculum, in the library and at home.
Libraries are encouraged to collaborate with local educators by visiting schools and keeping teachers and administrators informed about library programs including summer reading.