Summer Symposium 2023

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Recording: Keynote: Simplifying the Adventure of Summer Reading: Observations from a Seasoned Storyteller 

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Slides – CSLP Symposium Keynote Dec. 7, 2023 PDF

Professional Storyteller and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss just completed her 30th year of theme-related Summer Reading Programs. In this CSLP Summer Symposium keynote, Jen will use her years of experience working with librarians and her insights as a library performer and consultant to share thoughts and ideas for Summer Reading 2024 that will help you get inspired and organized while streamlining the planning process, enlisting more community partners, and engaging patrons in a simple program structure that includes all ages and doesn’t leave you feeling fried at the end of the summer.

Recording: 2024 Manual Highlights: Adventure Begins at Your Library! (programming)

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Slides – 2023 Winter Symposium_Highlights from the 2024 Manual

Alyssa Graybeal, CSLP Managing Editor–along with the five manual committee chairs–will highlight some new ideas and programs in the 2024 manual. Get those ideas churning for summer 2024! Followed by a Q&A.

Panelists: Alyssa Graybeal, CSLP’s Managing Editor, Deborah Kinirons, Uniondale Public Library, Spanish Manual Chair, Angela Germany, West Baton Rouge Parish Library, Early Literacy Manual Chair, Christina Stuck, Charlotte Community Library, Children’s Manual Chair, Greta Funk, Nortonville Public Library, Adult Manual Chair

Recording: Once Upon an Adventure: Practical Tips for Gathering Stories to Promote Your Library 

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Presenter Angela Hursh knows how to tell us a story.  You know the power of storytelling. After all, you work in a building where you are literally surrounded by some of the best stories in the world. So why is it so hard for libraries to tell their own stories? It’s because we often get stuck at the very first step in the process: finding the right stories to share with our community. The quest for library stories that have emotion and a compelling story arch perfect for library advocacy is more difficult than it sounds. But, in this session, you’ll learn how a good story becomes good marketing, as well as practical tips to find stories that you can use for advocacy and promotion.

Recording: Taking the Adventures Outdoors: Programming and Partnerships

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Slides – Launching a 1,000 Hours Outside Program

Join us for a discussion on the various ideas, resources, and partners that can support your library in outdoor programming. We’ll share program ideas for libraries of different sizes, staff availability, and budget, along with information about a great resource called 1,000 Hours Outdoors that can help tie together your outdoor programming. We will also be joined by the National Forest Service to learn more about the upcoming 80th birthday of Smokey Bear and ways to incorporate that into your summer programming.

Presenters: Annie Spence, Outreach Librarian, Grosse Pointe Public Library, Melissa Rizer, Youth Services Librarian, Grosse Pointe Public Library, Susan Cox, National Forest Service, Conservation Education Coordinator, Region 9 – USDA Forest Service, Jessica Nickelsen, Director, Natural Inquirer, FIND Outdoors, Facilitated by Amanda Raiche, Youth Services Coordinator, South Dakota State Library

Previous Summer Symposium Recordings:

Summer Symposium 2022 “All Together Now”

Summer Symposium 2021 “Oceans of Possibilities”

CSLP has over 14,000 member libraries and is driven by over 200 library volunteers. As a membership-driven organization, everyone has an opportunity to participate and shape the future of summer programming and Summer Symposium is just one of our many resources. CSLP is committed to providing resources, materials, and opportunities that reflect the diversity of our communities including all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, and all other identities.

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