Summer Symposium 2022

Summer Symposium 2022, “All Together Now”

Materials and recordings from the 2022 Summer Symposium will be found here when available.

The Summer Symposium begins at
11 am EST/10 am CST/9 am  MST/8 am PST, all times below are listed as EST.

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Sessions, Descriptions, and Presenters are as follows:

11:00 – 11:15 am EST – Welcome by CSLP President, Beth Yates, Children’s Consultant, Indiana State Library

11:15 am – 12: 15 pm EST – The Library as Civic Bridge and Community Learning Hub

In leading this conversation ALA Executive Director, Tracie Hall discusses the role that libraries play in supporting our national formal and informal education infrastructure. More than just extra-curricular or surplus offerings, Hall highlights the work libraries do across the country to reach youth and families, young and senior adults, employment seekers, adults with disabilities and those with low literacy skills and individuals in and returning from detention.

In February 2020, Tracie D. Hall became the tenth Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world with over 50,000 members serving library and educational institutions throughout and beyond the US. The first Black woman to helm ALA in its nearly 150 year history, Hall has served in numerous library and arts leadership positions nationwide. Her former posts include Culture Program Director at The Joyce Foundation where she was recognized for creating numerous programs to advance racial inclusion in arts administration and equitable funding for arts institutions; Deputy Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events where she oversaw the visual and performing arts, film, and community market programs and received citations for her work to expand arts access and neighborhood outreach; Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at Queens Library where during her tenure she founded the NYC Early Learning Network; Community Investment Strategist and Chicago Community Investor for the Boeing Company’s Global Corporate Citizenship division; Assistant Dean of Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science; Community Librarian at Hartford Public Library where she curated the NEH-funded Festival of Caribbean Literature with the Connecticut Center for the Book and where then mayor, Eddie Perez, designated February 13 as “Tracie Hall Day” to acknowledge her service to the city of Hartford; Youth Services Coordinator at Seattle Public Library where she developed the long-running SCRIBES youth creative writing program for the Richard Hugo House; and other library, non-profit, and public sector roles across the country. Holding dual bachelor’s degrees from University of California Santa Barbara, and master’s degrees from the Yale University School of International and Area Studies and the University of Washington School of Information, Hall’s work in library and arts administration has focused on advancing early and adult literacy, expanding digital access, protecting the right to information access for people who are incarcerated, and increasing socio-economic mobility for those who have had limited educational or employment opportunities. She is a native of south central Los Angeles and lives in Chicago where she makes time to serve on the boards of various arts and community development organizations.  In 2022, Hall became only the second librarian to be honored with the National Book Award’s Literarian Award for lifetime achievement.

12:15 – 12:45 pm EST – Break

12:45 – 1:45 pm EST – Summer Library Outreach to Underserved Children & Caregivers

Community engagement goes past your library’s front doors, especially during the summer months! This session will focus on specific outreach and partnership opportunities that arise in the summer. You will learn tips to advocate and program for underserved children and their caregivers, as well as hear some concrete examples of library outreach that is adaptable for your library.


  • Participants will come away with new ideas on summer outreach
  • Participants will have a better understanding of how outreach impacts their community
  • Tips and tools for conducting outreach to the underserved will be offered

All currently serve on ALSC’s Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers (LSUCTC)

Tammie Benham, Southeast Kansas Library System, KS
Melody Leung, Everett Public Library, WA
Georgette Spratling, North Miami Public Library, FL
Ewa Wojciechowska, New Castle Public Library, DE

1:45 – 2:00 pm EST – Break

2:00 – 3:00 pm EST – All Together Now with Intergenerational Summer Programming

Libraries are intergenerational spaces, welcoming people from a variety of generations to engage in the resources and programs available in the library.  The next Summer Reading Program theme is “All Together Now,” which can be interpreted as an invitation to bring generations together (in addition to addressing other diversity).  How can we develop programs that encourage more intergenerational connections in the libraries on a day to day basis, as well as during the next SRP, and those in the future?

During this interactive webinar we will explore how and why intergenerational relationships are important, and help participants to develop skills and ideas to foster intergenerational communication in the libraries during SRP and beyond.


Participants will leave with:

  • Skills and techniques they can use to foster intergenerational interactions in their libraries.
  • A list of ideas of how to foster intergenerational dialogue.
  • A plan to implement one intergenerational program aligned with the summer reading program.


Wendy Pender, MLS, King County Library System (WA)
Jennifer Kulik, Ph.D., SilverKite Community Arts, LLC

3:00 – 3:30 pm EST – Break

3:30 – 4:25 pm EST – Decorating Together

When patrons walk through our doors this summer, we all want them to feel welcome and a part of the library. Libraries can use this year’s CSLP slogan, “All Together Now”, to achieve a focus on community through collaborative creation. Join to hear ideas and inspiration for making your library spaces engaging, inclusive, and exciting this summer. This session is meant to ignite your creativity and as a kick-off to hearing ideas from libraries around the country.


  • Attendees will be inspired to create inclusive, engaging spaces.
  • Attendees will learn new ways to include their community while launching summer programming.
  • Attendees will come away with decoration ideas that are interactive, collaborative, and thematic.


Cathy Lancaster is the Youth Services Coordinator at the Library of Michigan and serves as President-Elect for the Collaborative Summer Library Program. With nearly 20 years of public library experience, she coordinates the Ready to Read Michigan initiative, summer reading, and continuing education for the awesome youth & teen services staff throughout Michigan. She loves hiking with her Career Changed Leader Dog, Reba. 

Sara White is the Youth Services Consultant at the Washington State Library where she is delighted to have the opportunity to offer grants, training, and connection to the amazing youth-serving library folks of her state. Prior to working at WSL, she was a Youth Services Librarian at a public library for 12 years, where her particular passions were storytime and teen services. She loves cheese and horror movies.

4:25 – 4:30 pm EST – Closing, CSLP President-Elect Cathy Lancaster, Youth Services Coordinator, Library of Michigan

The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the Summer Symposium do not necessarily represent those of the Collaborative Summer Library Program.