CSLP Newsletter April 2018April 2018

September: 2018 Manuals are sent to the printers
2018 CSLP Annual Meeting April 8th – 12th. Denver, CO
June: The 2018 – 2019 Board will hold their first meeting
October: CSLP Board Retreat, Memphis, TN
2019 A Universe of Stories kicks off in October!
The 2018 Incentive catalog is live! Check it out today at shopcslp.com!
Be sure to check out this year’s webinar on the Early Literacy and Childrens Manuals hosted by the manuals editor. https://shopcslp.com/cslp/pages/webinars

The 2018 PSAs are Here!

CSLP Newsletter April 2018

The 2018 PSAs are live and ready for use! This year’s Summer Reading Champion, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, wrote and performed the music, and it is quite catchy!

The PSAs are available in both Spanish and English, and have been recorded in a variety of file types and durations to meet your library’ needs.

CSLP Newsletter April 2018To access the files, log into the cslpreads.org website. Hover over the “Proprietary Downloads” tab and select “All Proprietary Downloads” from the drop down menu. A link to the PSAs will appear on the left hand side bar.

To view, or share the PSAs on Youtube, visit our complete list of links at:


Be sure to sing along with the lyrics!

Ready to rock?
Yo, let’s make some noise!

(On my mind!)
Yo, where’s the spot
For the girls and boys?

The library makes your mind very powerful
Hours full of entertainment, devour education
That how you get to change the world while you learn about it
You’re a rockstar full of super powered music, now it’s….

Ready or not!
Yo, let’s make some noise!

(On my mind!)
Libraries rock
For the girls and boys!

NEW Music Titles for Libraries Rock!

by Sharon Rawlins

There are many books suggested in the Libraries Rock 2018 Summer Reading manuals but here are a few titles that have recently or will soon be published with the music theme running through them:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul by Susan Verde (Picture Book, PreS – Gr. 3) Publishing May 15, 2018
What will a young girl do for the school’s student musicians’ talent show? She can’t play an instrument so she brashly chooses to be herself and sing her own song loud and proud, “I’ve got a rock ’n’ roll soul!”

All Summer Long by Hope Larson (Gr. 5-7)
Published 5/1/18
This summer thirteen-year-old guitarist and songwriter Bina’s best friend Austin’s at camp, and is ignoring her texts, so she hangs out with Austin’s older sister Charlie who’s got a broken arm. Even after Austin comes home he acts differently toward Bina, and Charlie is unkind, so Bina finds her own way in this coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel.

She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood, (Gr. 5-8) Publishing 6/26/18
The year is 1966, and Trudy, 12, is obsessed with the Beatles. She’s dying to meet Paul McCartney. On a hot August day, without their families’ knowledge, Trudy and three other kids from the school’s Beatles fan club set off from RI to Boston to see them, each with their own hopes for the future.

The Pros of Cons by Allison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, and Michelle Schusterman (Gr. 8-11) Published 3/27/18
Three different girls befriend each other as they attend three different conventions (drumming, taxidermy, fanfic) in the same location, including Phoebe, a percussionist, who’s thinks of herself as just one of the guys. She’s determined to beat them all in the solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention but things don’t go as planned.

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle (Gr. 6-12)
Publishing 5/8/18
Gangs of white navy sailors terrorize Mexican-American neighborhoods of jazz loving zoot suiters in 1943 Los Angeles after Mexican-American man (real- life victim) Jose Diaz is killed at a party. Engle’s fictionalized novel-in-verse powerfully portrays a little-known historical event that resulted in violence and rioting after the police engaged in racial profiling.

Love Songs and Other Lies by Jessica Pennington
(Gr. 9 & Up) Published 4/24/18
Vee, songwriter and guitarist, is on a band competition tour with her best friend, and discovers one of the band members is her ex, Cam. Despite their painful breakup, will they get back together?

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Is your library ready to rock?

Do you have a great programming idea for this year? Have you started the summer already? Please send your photos and any informative details to Luke Kralik at: luke.kralik@cslpreads.org I would love to share them in our newsletter.

Looking for some ideas to use or share? https://www.pinterest.com/cslpreads/


PBS Resources: Libraries Rock!

WQED, the PBS affiliate in Pittsburgh, PA is working with CSLP this year to help our member libraries augment their summer reading programming this year with resources from PBS.

CSLP Newsletter April 2018

For the past three years WQED has been teaming up with its local libraries to encourage family engagement and a love of learning through a program called Inquire Within. Inquire Within has provided regional libraries with programming ideas, learning opportunities, resources supporting family/inter-generational centered activities.

One component of Inquire Within is a manual of PBS resources structured around the chapter headings of the CSLP Manual. This year we are offering these resources to the entire CSLP membership. To access these resources login to the CSLP online manual and look for the “Resources – PBS” in the file tree. Or simply type PBS into the search box.

The Inquire Within program is much more than just a collection of resources. It is a model you can use to collaborate with your own local PBS station. Former children’s librarian, and current WQED Education Team Manager, Liz Kostandinu has graciously agreed to help connect you to your own PBS affiliate. She can be contacted at lkostandinu@wqed.org. Reach out to her today and learn more about how the Inquire Within model can be used to bolster your own summer reading program!

Upcoming Artists, Themes, and Slogans

This year’s CSLP Annual Meeting took place in Denver, CO. Despite facing days that started with snow and ended in the mid 70’s, attendees were able to come together and select slogans for the 2020, 2021, and 2022 program years. Without further ado, the upcoming artists, themes, and slogans!

2020: Imagine Your Story

With artist LeUyen Pham at the helm, 2020 is shaping up to be an outstanding program year for summer reading. With themes of fairytales, mythology, and fantasy, libraries of all shapes and sizes will have a magical starting point to dazzle their communities!

2021: Tails and Tales

Few children’s illustrators are as uniquely suited to an animals themed program as Salina Yoon. Picture her work with ducks, penguins, and porcupines! Are you excited yet? It is quite possible that new levels of adorableness will be discovered in 2021.

2022: All Together Now

While themes are always important, it is really the slogan that crystallizes the identity of the program year, and 2022 will be no different. Artist Sophie Blackall will be providing the illustrations, and it should be a wonderful year for libraries to highlight the unifying effect they have on their communities.

What is on the horizon for CSLP?

2018: Theme/Music; Slogan/”Libraries Rock”; Artist/Brian Pinkney

2019: Theme/Space; Slogan/”A Universe of Stories” Artist/Leeza Hernandez

2020: Theme/Fairytales, Mythology, Fantasy; Slogan/”Imagine Your Story” Artist/LeUyen Pham

2021: Theme/Animals; Slogan/”Tails and Tales” Artist/Salina Yoon

2022: Theme/World-Social Justice-Unity-Kindness-Inclusion-Change-Diversity-Equity-Make a difference-Embrace different cultures; Slogan/”All Together Now” Artist/Sophie Blackall

CSLP Newsletter April 2018

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