The Children's Summer Library Program is for preschool and school age children. The program is developed to offer constructive incentives for the children to visit the library and to read.

The emphasis on reading is for the pure joy of reading and not for worrying about reading grade levels and book reports. By offering the summer program in the public libraries, the children will have available to them a wide range of materials. We may never form an avid reader from among all the children but they will possess a degree of library literacy and the importance of libraries in their communities for the rest of their lives.  


The philosophy of the System is to develop a fun, informative, non-competitive theme related summer library program. The reluctant, or poor reader will consider a competitive program as an overwhelming hurdle and won't even come into the library to sign up for the program.

CKLS offers Incentive Grants for conducting story time sessions.   

Collaborative Summer Library Program
Rules of use

 Summer Library Program Evaluation

    Youth Services offers a collection of resources for developing good quality children's library programming. These resources are only available to CKLS member libraries.

    Tutorial for how to search the Pathfinder Central Catalog for Youth Services materials.

    Request Youth Services materials with the online form.

    Librarian's Project Resources

    Educational resources printed in book and periodical format.

    • Bulletin Boards/Displays
    • Classroom Parties
    • Crafts
    • Early Childhood Activities
    • Fingerplays/Songs/Poems
    • Folk Tales/Fairy Tales
    • Nursery Rhymes/Mother Goose/Poems
    • Stories
    • Games/Puzzles/Magic
    • Patterns
    • Puppets/Plays/Skits
    • Seasonal
    • Holiday
    • Special Topics

    Storytelling Materials

    Resources to dramatize stories for storytime and after school programs.

    • Object Stories
    • Flannelboard Stories/Shapes
    • Flannelboard Supplemental Materials
    • Flip Cards
    • Roll Stories
    • Plays
    • Storytelling Costumes/Props
    • Oversized Books

    Puppet Resources

    A collection of hand puppets, finger puppets, full size puppets, stuffed toys, and face masks on sticks.

    • Hand Puppet, Plush
    • Hand Puppets, Felt/Fabric
    • Hand Puppet, Sesame Street
    • Stuffed Puppet
    • Stuffed Toy
    • Show Me/Tell Me Dolls
    • Finger Puppet
    • Hand Puppet, Large Plush
    • Fairy/Folk Tale Sets
    • Holiday/Seasonal Sets
    • People/Family
    • Felt/Mask/Paper/Stick
    • Summer Library Program Sets

    Video/DVD Resources

    These resources have public performance rights, unless noted.

    Early Childhood: Counting, learning the alphabet and understanding words and their definitions are among important concepts explored in these stories.

    Fairytales/Folktales/Heroes/Legends: Fairytales and folktales have been told for generations and retain their relevance today with humorous and astute insights into human nature.

    Holidays: These dvds about holidays will enhance children's enjoyment and understanding of special times of the year.

    Seasons: These dvds about seasons will enhance children's enjoyment and understanding of special times of the year. In several the seasonal setting is influential in shaping the story's theme.

    Storytime: Storytime dvds are stories that will entertain and delight children, as well as adults. Many of these are old favorites.

    Theme Libraries: Theme Libraries are a series of dvds on these specific topics.

    • Animals
    • The Arts
    • Circus
    • Death/Separation
    • Dinosaurs
    • Environment/Ecology
    • Health/Safety
    • Intergenerational
    • Multicultural
    • Recycling
    • Social Issues
    • Space/Flight
    • The Wizard of Oz

    DVD Collections

    These collections have public performance rights, unless noted. 

    • Author/Illustrator
    • Fairytales/Folktales/Heroes/Legends
    • Holiday
    • Season
    • Storytime

    Miscellaneous Resources

    Includes display materials, games and craft supplies.

    • Bulletin Boards/Posters
    • Creative Corners for Bulletin Boards
    • Display Materials/Mobiles
    • Games
    • Supplies

    Special Collections

    A collection of specialized storybooks that can be used for library programming.

    • American Folk Tales
    • Arts
    • Birthday
    • Death and Dying
    • Dinosaurs
    • Fables/Fairytales/Folklore/Legends
    • Fables/Fairytales/Folklore/Legends Collection
    • Family
    • History/Travel
    • Mother Goose/Nursery Rhymes
    • Native American
    • Ocean/Sea
    • Poetry
    • Seasonal/Holiday
    • Storytime

    The Story Time Program could be a child's first introduction to books and sharing of stories in a group experience. These visits to the library may be a child's and their parents only experiences in using public library services. Story time needs to be a special occasion that children can look forward to each week.

    When planning the program you will need to select the best in children's literature and to select material appropriate for a specific age group. The Youth Services Department has several resources available to make your story time imaginative and enjoyable. The resources available for loan will help you cut purchasing expenses and save time in creating your own storytelling materials.





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