|August: Finishing edits on the 2018 manuals are complete||Board of Director’s Retreat in St. Louis||October: Libraries Rock! program year begins||February: Calls for future slogans will go out||2018 CSLP Annual meeting: April 8th – 12th. Denver, CO|
|Be sure to check out the Call for Artwork Subcommittee Members at the bottom of the Newsletter! Get involved today!|
How Does CSLP Choose the Artists?
by Chrissie McGovern
We receive many questions about how artists are selected to provide artwork for us. So I thought I would give you a rundown on how the process works.
Kwame Alexander as 2017 CSLP National Summer Reading Champion
by Sharon Rawlins
If you logged onto the CSLP website between last fall and late spring, I am sure you could not help noticing the colorful photo on the main page of author Kwame Alexander, our 2017 Summer Reading Champion.
It was this time last year that I saw him at the National Book Festival in Washington DC and asked him if he would be willing to serve as the champion for 2017. He said yes and gave me one of the bright orange t-shirts he had that the rapping, Mohawk-wearing school librarian wears in Kwame’s novel Booked.
“Serving as Summer Reading Champion gives me the opportunity to reach more teachers, more librarians and more parents, and share what I feel is one of the secrets to the success of future: the mind of an adult begins with the imagination of a child. Books open up doors of possibility and potential and purpose—and allow children to imagine a better world for themselves and for us,” Kwame said.
He did a fantastic job on the PSAs as he enthusiastically urged kids to read over the summer and demonstrated to them and their parents how much fun reading can be. I hope you had the chance to use the PSAs to promote the program in your libraries.
Kwame also continued the tradition that started with the previous Reading Champion, Kate DiCamillo, of sharing a list of the books he loves and recommends reading. CSLP posted it on the website and on social media. Both Kwame’s and Kate’s lists, along with their PSAs, are archived on the CSLP website.
The CSLP Board, committee chairs and members do not have the time to devote to publicizing the current year’s Summer Reading Champion. CSLP hired a publicity company called Blue Slip Media to do this for us for both National Summer Reading Champions.
Kwame spent much of last year doing many school visits and did not talk about CSLP in those visits but did try to mention CSLP when appropriate in other venues. He promoted CSLP, and the importance of reading and literacy in newspapers, blogs and on the radio, including: The Washington Post’s On Parenting column; NPR’s Here and Now out of WBUR Boston; Public Libraries Online: the companion website to the bi-monthly print publication Public Libraries, the official magazine of the Public Library Association; Booklist, The Booklist Reader, Read Alert, and Quick Tips, the magazine and e-newsletters of the American Library Association; ALSC’s newsletter, ALSC Matters!; Children’s Book Council’s regular “Kit Lit News” section, and in a Q&A in Kirkus Reviews.
Teachers and school librarians were also excited to publicize Kwame’s involvement with summer reading on their blogs and through their school districts. The head of library media services for the San Diego Office of Education shared the news in the county (reaching 769 schools in 42 separate districts, serving a total of just under 500,000 students). The We Are Teachers website and the iLoveMG newsletter that focuses on middle grade books for teachers and librarians also covered Kwame.
The blogs that gave Kwame some love as our National Summer Reading Champion included the elementary school librarian’s blog 100 Scope Notes, hosted by SLJ; Seven Impossible Things, the children’s book blog; the two reading teachers’ blog Unleashing Readers; and the book blog by a K-12 librarian called The Loud Library Lady.
Blue Slip Media contacted many other outlets and invited them to publicize Kwame’s involvement with CSLP but they did not all participate. We thought we did well this year, but hope that the news about next year’s Library Rocks National Summer Reading Champion will be publicized even more widely and make even more of an impact. The CSLP board is currently discussing ways to accomplish this.
Our libraries: Building a Better World!
Kindness Blocks and a Virtual Safari
Kate Irwin reported that the Jessamine County Public Library in Nicholasville, KY had some unique programming this summer. Each time a child completed an act of kindness they could come into the children’s library and fill out a building block. These blocks were displayed on the ends of the children’s book shelves to show that even young children can make a difference.
Another program that JCPL did was to partner with SafariLive to broadcast a live African safari to the patrons of JCPL. SafariLive is located in South Africa and broadcasts two live safaris a day. Schools and libraries can sign up to partner with them on a live school drive and only the questions asked by the schools and libraries will be answered during their reserved hour.
Many hands make light work!
Sue Hart at the Ellensburg Public Library in Ellensburg, WA shared her favorite Teen Scene activity this year. The teens visited their local Habitat for Humanity Store. After learning about the organization in a short presentation, they were put to work helping support this great community service!
Building Community Support
At the Black River Falls Public Library, in Black River Falls, WI, Rhonda Groth and Tammy Peasley had a great idea to help promote reading. They asked local businesses to donate funds, and created four bookmarks (Adult, Teen, Youth, and Families). Each bookmark raised $1 for the Jackson County Animal Shelter. They had remarkable support, and reached their goal of $820!
Using mostly free stuff, either found or donated, Ami Jones at the Alamogordo Public Library in Alamogordo, NM, hosted a fantastic outdoor building party. She reported, “It was like watching a colony of ants – everyone seemed to be communicating mostly telepathically. There was no project manager telling anyone what the plan was, they all just scurried about carrying things, building, adjusting, changing.”
The program lasted for two hours, with many participants staying for the entire time. What fun!
Building a Better Body
Children at the Carlsbad Public Library in Carlsbad, NM were treated to some very delicious, and nutritious, library programing. Librarian Beth Nieman led the children in building colorful chef’s hats, teddy bear sandwiches, and breakfast sushi.
Breakfast sushi: One whole banana, cream cheese, and a colorful rice cereal, such as Fruity Pebbles.
Peel banana; spread entire banana with cream cheese; roll the banana in cereal; slice banana to make “sushi” and serve!
Programming Specialist Diane Brant, at the Massillon Public Library in Massillon, OH, was the mastermind behind their library’s closing program “Build-a-Thon”. The program included collecting donated canned goods and building a minion out of them, Snap Circuits, blocks, Legos, STEM activities, and much more!
Kristine Millard at the Lodi Public Library in Lodi, WI had a very successful program where children made kennel quilts for two local organizations. They worked with the amazing quilt guild in our community who donated both the fabric and the expertise. In two separate programs both children and adults made a total of 47 blankets which were given to the county humane society and a non-profit segment from the local veterinary clinic.
What/What?? A Teen Video Challenge????
by Jana Fine
Most of you are familiar with a number of great things about CSLP. But did you know about the Teen Video Challenge? It’s been around since 2011 and a number of states have produced truly outstanding videos.
However, we desperately need your help now. We need you to spread the word about this terrific opportunity for teens to show the world their creativity – and receive some nice cash as well. The libraries that are affiliated will the teen will receive $50.00 to use at Upstart.
The information will be placed on the CSLP website soon. Once there, all you need to do is to show teens where the submission form is within their state listing. If you are the state representative, you can zip out a short email to the youth people throughout the state about where to find the information on your state’s page.
It’s so important to have creative outlets for teens. The Teen Video Challenge is a really terrific opportunity for teens to show everyone not only their talent but also their comfort and ease in participating in library programs.
If you are interested in being part of an exciting activity or are just curious, please contact Jana Fine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSLP is proud to announce that the Early Literacy & Children’s artist for the 2021 program is Salina Yoon!
Yoon is an award-winning author/illustrator of over two hundred novelty books for young children including the dazzling KALEIDOSCOPE and PINWHEEL interactive books published by Little, Brown. She is also the creator of the popular PENGUIN picture book series, as well as the BEAR series with Walker Books for Young Readers. She has received many awards including the 2016 Bank Street’s Best Children’s Book Award for Stormy Night, the 2015 Nottingham Children’s book award for Found, and the 2013 San Diego Best Children’s Book Award for Pinwheel. She lives in San Diego with her family.
We look forward to begin working with Salina in the spring of 2018!
by Luke Kralik
Whenever I meet new people, the question of what you do for a living often comes up. When I was working in a library, it was very easy to answer this question. Even if people didn’t know the specifics, they had a general sense of what a library is, and what a librarian might do. I might have to go over a few details, but it wasn’t a foreign concept to them.
This is not the case when I now tell them I work for the CSLP. Even many of my librarian friends do not have a concept of the work we do. Some might recognize our slogans or somehow associate us with summer reading, but most have no idea that we are a national non-profit, and serve libraries in every state (and more).
This is a bit problematic.
In order to help raise our public profile a bit, I am encouraging everyone to use hashtag #CSLPreads. Posting a recap of your summer program? #CSLPreads. Giving a Build a Better World t-shirt to a local politician? #CSLPreads. Embarrassing video you captured of your colleague rocking out at their desk?
If you would like to play a more active role in sharing the work we do, I encourage you to join our Social Media committee. This dedicated group is always looking for more help and are wonderful to work with. For more information, please visit the Social Media Welcome page.
2018 CSLP Manual Update
by Karen Day
The 2018 summer program is nearly ready to debut! Work on the manual has been going on behind the scenes for months and it will culminate soon. As soon as the first batch of paper manuals are ready to ship, each CSLP State Representative will received one copy in your office. We have been working with the duplicators and will soon have a shipping schedule completed. We will make all attempts to meet your “Date Needed” deadline, however a few of the early deadlines may need to be adjusted. As soon as we know when product is ready to begin shipping, we will contact those that we may miss your deadline and make other arrangements. Once the shipping process begins, manuals, DVDs, and USBs will be shipped out as quickly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CSLP office and we’ll take care of your needs.
Along with the manual shipments, you will receive your paper Incentive Catalogs with all of the products available for the 2018 Libraries Rock program! These will arrive in a separate shipment from Demco. Once we receive word that the catalogs are shipping, we will send a message out on the State Rep Mail List. Please watch for this shipment and put the box(s) where you will find them to ship with your manuals.
Later in September, each State Representative will receive a promotional package from Demco which will have your free T-Shirts, a few posters, a vinyl banner, and a few lapel pins. We will again notify you when where shipments are sent so you are watching for these.
2018 Annual Meeting Update
If you have any questions, please contact the CSLP office for more information.
Spotlight on a Reading Superstar!
It is well documented that boys often read less often, and at a lower proficiency than their girl peers. While there are many factors that might be responsible for this, one young man in St Louis, MO is doing something to help correct it!
Eleven year old Sidney Keys III is sharing his love of reading by creating the Books N Bros book club. His club helps promote reading among boys ages 8 – 10, and averages 7-10 new members each month.
The club votes on what book they will read, and often pick books with African American protagonists. Keys sums up his motivation for creating the club perfectly with “My motivation is I already love to read but it would be awesome, even better, to read with other people.”
If there a young reader making a big difference in your state, please let us know! We would love to share these inspirational stories with the entire CSLP membership!
Please send information to: email@example.com
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; Artist/LeUyen Pham
2021: Theme/To be Determined; Artist/Salina Yoon
Call for Artwork Subcommittee Members!
The CSLP Artwork Subcommittee members will review and submit feedback on the art from draft to final. This committee will not be part of the product review process associated with the Vendor Committee. The committee will consist of no more than twelve members, including the following:
- Artwork Subcommittee Chair
- One member of the Executive Board
- One of the manual chairs
- Chair of the Inclusion Committee
- Six to eight other members
Term length: One program year of artwork
The term for committee members reviewing the 2020 program art will begin in August 2017 and end sometime around March 2019. The committee will review all artwork: early literacy, children’s, teen, adult, and all ages. All committee work is done through email correspondence. There may be conference calls if needed. Here is the estimated timeline for the review of the artwork:
- December 2017- Artist sends initial sketches to CSLP. Within two weeks of receipt of initial sketches, CSLP will offer feedback.
- Late January 2018- Artist sends updated artwork (preferably in color). Within two weeks of receipt, CSLP will offer feedback.
Selection Process for Committee Members
Prerequisite: Must have served on a Manual Committee (Early, Literacy, Children’s, Teen or Adult) or the Inclusion Committee within the past three years
Since there are a limited number of members on this committee, please submit a paragraph stating your interest in serving on the Artwork Subcommittee as well as a recommendation from a current/previous CSLP Manual or Inclusion committee chair. Recommendation and paragraph of interest can be sent via email to: Deanne Dekle, CSLP Vendor Chair by Friday, September 22, 2017. Committee members will be notified via email by October 1, 2017.
Please note: If an applicant is not selected for the 2020 Artwork Subcommittee, they are welcome to apply for the 2021 Artwork Subcommittee.