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What is in store for CSLP this August:
  • CSLP Board of Directors' Meeting: August 1st
  • Bid for the 2019 Program Manuals will be awarded
  • 2020 Manual creation process will begin
If you ever have a question for these or any CSLP activity, please contact Luke Kralik at or Karen Day at
Ideas needed for the 2020 program manual! Click here to submit your idea today!
Be sure to check out this year’s webinar on the Early Literacy and Childrens Manuals hosted by the manuals editor.
2018 PSA:
2018 Incentive catalog:

CSLP Artwork at the South Carolina State Library

Ever wonder what the artwork for the CSLP summer program looks like in person? If you find yourself in Columbia, SC be sure to visit the State Library and check out their wonderful display featuring Brian Pinkney, the 2018 CSLP featured artist! Library staff have created a beautiful summer reading display on the first floor of the library with many of the original watercolor and ink pieces created for the Early Literacy and Children's program.

The show is on display from June to August, and is quite impressive to see. The display combined the artwork as well as several of the books containing Pinkney's art. This combination created a space that truly celebrates music and summer reading!

If your library has a display area, and you are interested in displaying Pinkney's colorful artwork, please contact CSLP's Organizational Coordinator Luke Kralik at He would be delighted to discus this possibility with you.

Frank Morrison!

CSLP is proud to announce that the artist for the 2023 program year will be Frank Morrison!

Morrison is the award-winning illustrator of many books for young readers, including Jazzy Miz Mozetta by Brenda C. Roberts, winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; Katheryn Russell-Brown's Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; and Gene Barretta's Muhammad Ali. Before becoming a children's book illustrator and fine artist, Morrison toured the globe as a break-dancer. He lives in Georgia with his family.

Headquarters-Ocala Public Library Launches Libraries Rock!

Summer Reading Program with Giving Tree Music Event

by Cynthia Plesner

Music and story lovers of all ages gathered for the Marion County Public Library System’s Giving Tree Music event in Ocala, Florida June 5.

Performer Steve Turner, from Giving Tree Music, led the group in an energetic and engaging program that kept everyone moving. Each of the 175 participants were given a drum or percussion instrument to play, creating an engaging drum circle filled with energy, passion and smiles.

Turner brought so much joy and passion for drumming to those attending his program. From the moment children and families walked in the door, they were encouraged to start drumming, playing and rattling to find their own rhythm and groove. Turner did a wonderful job of transforming a group of musical rookies into a harmonious community ensemble.

The giggles, roars of laughter and smiles on the faces of participating children and adults made the program unforgettable. Watching the parents and grandparents get on their feet and dance with their children, was priceless. The group learned different types of movements and rhythms and were encouraged to continue the experience at home; dancing and creating music with everyday objects around the house.

Families have expressed their gratitude to library staff for hosting this entertaining event. One mother thanked staff for giving her family a new library experience. She also shared that her son was surprised he got to make so much noise in the library. His favorite part was when everyone was drumming, tapping, and knocking to create a thunderous community heartbeat. She thanked the library for being the heart of our community. 

Wisconsin is Ready to Rock!

The Children's Department of the Shawano County Library, WI made a wonderful small platform stage for patrons to enjoy. While Children's Department Supervisor Julie Dassler was setting up, one little girl was so excited when she saw the stage! Julie told her that she was not quite finished setting everything up, but when she was, there would also be blow up instruments and photo props. The little girl clapped her hands and asked, "Will there be a microphone, too?"

Librarians Rock!

Michelle Frost, from the Sturgis Distric Library, MI, sent in this wonderful idea for a poster or calendar cover. The image features library staff, including the director, playing "instruments" featured in real books.
We are still seeking ideas for our 2020 program manuals! If you have a great idea for a craft, display, or program, please send it in today! You and your library will receive recognition if your idea is chosen! Follow the link below to submit your idea today!

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

2023: Theme and Slogan/TBD; Artist/Frank Morrison
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