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Community Partnerships for Literacy

To support the creation of literacy and learning centers in local community places. Libraries with community partners can establish an environment of familial and intergenerational learning in their communities.

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Past SLNC Summer-related webinars

Recordings, handouts, presentation slides (if available) from past SLNC summer program webinars can be found on the SLNC Academy under the Youth Services category on the right. Use past CSLP slogans or the term ‘summer’ for a quick search.

Collaborative Summer Library Program

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.

CSLP works to develop interest in reading and library use. This includes development and implementation of summer reading programs used nationwide, public service announcements, and other activities which promote reading and library use.

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.

The participating systems and states develop a unified and high-quality promotional and programming product. Participants have access to the same artwork, incentives and publicity, in addition to an extensive manual of programming and promotional ideas.

CSLP gathers input and feedback from public libraries via Staten Representatives. Jasmine Rockwell is the State Representative for North Carolina. Please contact her with any questions about CSLP, including how to be a member of a CSLP committee.

National Summer Learning Association

Summer is a critical time in a child's life. Many children experience "summer slide," which is the loss of reading and other academic skills over the summer. Summer slide is more pronounced in students living with low-income levels and compounds over the years. "The cumulative effect is a crisis in the making: by the fifth grade, summer learning loss can leave low-income students two-and-a-half to three years behind their peers." --National Summer Learning Association  

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Summer Food Service Program

Public libraries fill in the gap by providing literacy opportunities and creating partnerships with key community organizations to provide a concerted local effort against summer slide. The State Library proudly partners with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Summer Food Service Program to connect public libraries and meal providers in their local communities. We also partner with the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation (NCECF) to provide public libraries with the means to create local Summer Learning Ambassadors with NCECF's Summer Learning Toolkit
For information about summer learning programs near you, please contact your local public library! 

Youth Services in North Carolina

An interactive document for North Carolina’s public libraries to fill out in order to share what is being done in libraries for youth. Give ideas and get ideas!

  • You can answer at branch level, but please coordinate with others in your department.
  • Add whatever level of detail you feel is appropriate for each topic, including contact information.
  • You can add topics that are not currently listed on any tab.
  • Please add your library/county information on each tab.
  • Please update the form when changes occur.
  • Please do not edit information from another library.

Performers Directory

The Performers Directory listed performers come from library recommendations only. No solicitations are allowed. Performers or libraries are responsible for submitting edits to directory information.

To submit an addition to the Performers Directory, please complete this form.

To make an edit to a current listing, please complete this form.

State Library of North Carolina’s Programming Collection

Flow Circus Skill Toy Kits will likely be of most interest to those who have attended a session with Flow Circus in the past. The kits are designed for ages teens and up to provide engaging programming particularly around team building and resiliency, but can be used for any number of other programming ideas. If you have not been able to participate in some kind of Flow Circus training session in the past they have a number of how-to videos on their website. 

Two National Geographic Giant Maps kits:

  • North Carolina – comes with its own uniquely created curriculum and activity supplies
  • The Solar System – comes with a National Geographic-created curriculum and adapted activity supplies. 

Items circulate 8 weeks & take reserves. Titles are checked out to institutional accounts for each library system. 

NC Youth Services Librarians

NC public library youth services staff can collaborate and receive real-time communication from the State Library via NC Youth Services Librarians listserv. If you are already subscribed, you can edit or delete your subscription information using the link above. Register for the listserv using the form below.

Full Name:
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 Book Awards and Lists

North Carolina Children’s Book Award
North Carolina School Library Media Association Young Adult Book Award
North Carolina Battle of the Books
Association For Library Services To Children Book & Media Awards
Association For Library Services To Children Notable Lists
Young Adult Library Services Association Book Awards & Book Lists

Professional Associations

North Carolina Library Association Youth Services Section 
Association For Library Services To Children
Young Adult Library Services Association  

For more information:

For more information contact Jasmine Rockwell, Youth Services Consultant.