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By Tracy Ihnot

Every May, just as public schools are preparing to close their doors for the summer, public libraries across the nation are gearing up for their biggest program of the year: Summer Reading. Dating back to the 1890’s, libraries have encouraged children to continue reading over the summer by offering programs.

Like many libraries across the country, Delta County Libraries is part of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). CSLP is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

CSLP provides an annual theme with materials to support and guide libraries in program planning. “This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities,” says Sarah Smith, Library Manager. “From ocean-themed activities and games for children to educational presentations for adults, there are so many possibilities for engaging with the community in fun and meaningful ways.”


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