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The 2021 Supplemental Manual has been completed, and added to the Online Manual. Worksheets, reproducibles, and grab-and-go activities for your patrons.
2021 Tails & Tales themed StickTogethers are still available. Click here to view!
I beg your pardon, but did you just mention that your cat needs a new toy? Perhaps a patron needs a new craft? Wina Mortenson at the Galesville Public Library, WI has you covered with this fun pom pom craft:

3D Printing for Grab & Go

Scott Businsky at the Elsmere Library, New Castle County Libraries, DE sent in these 3D files of CSLP artwork for everyone to use. These files were created using a .jpg (or .png) to .svg converter program and then those files were uploaded to Tinkercad.

His library plans to 3D-print these files for Grab & Go bags throughout the summertime. They may also use these as summer reading prizes. The 3D-prints can be colored in with markers or painted with acrylic paint.
The selected 3D-files are the slogan in English and Spanish on a square board, banner artwork in English and Spanish on a rectangle keychain, and the tortoise & the hare on a square board.
These files can be found in your CSLP online manual, or directly downloaded here:
What "Tales" does your library have to tell for 2021? Please send your photos, ideas, and any informative details to Luke Kralik at: I would love to share them in our newsletter.

Looking for some ideas for 2021 to use or share?
Public libraries feed hungry bodies as well as hungry minds during the summer – and throughout the year. The CSLP’s Child and Community Well-Being committee encourages library involvement in activities that support wellness, from summer and afterschool meals, to well-being programming, to support for basic needs, all to help children, teens, and communities stay nourished, active, and healthy when school is out. Resources include the Libraries and Summer Food page on the CSLP website; a Facebook group for news, support, and resource-sharing; and an ongoing series of stories showcasing the experiences of libraries around the country.

Feeding During a Pandemic and Construction

By Janet Reynolds, Library District #2 of Linn County, La Cygne, KS

Our library in La Cygne, Kansas, has been doing summer lunches for kids for five years and lunches for seniors for two years. We operate as a self-funded program, with funding coming from concerned community members and a few small grants.  

Then along came 2020. We closed for a week, but there was a need for food. Schools had closed and we are a food desert with no grocery store closer than 20 miles. Our volunteer leader and her volunteers, along with the library director, geared up to serve lunches out the front door.  No one understood what COVID-19 was and there was a great amount of fear. Complicating things further, we were also constructing an addition to double the size of our facility.  

By Memorial Day, we offered lunch pick-up and delivery.  For summer reading, we loaded up food in the van weekly and went to the local park for a picnic and a guest entertainer.  Some great entertainers came from miles away, just to be able to perform.  We had the boxed lunches, brought hand sanitizer, and social distanced the performer, but we were outside and in the fresh air and sunshine for 11 weeks. The parents and community were thankful for something “normal” for their children.

By mid-August, the library had served over 11,000 meals. In October, we moved into our new addition, with a meeting room to seat 120 and a kitchen and kitchen storage four times bigger than our little prep kitchen that served us so well during the early years of summer lunches.  As winter rolled around, we started serving senior meals once a week inside, along with the choice of a back-door pickup.  

This summer we will provide meals to children in our community five days a week, our two lake communities two days a week, and to another small rural community two days a week, along with programs daily, including a cross-generational meal on Thursdays with our seniors joining our kids for lunch, mentoring and BINGO.  

Food, friends and fun will be the goal.  It will be interesting to see how we coordinate all the meals served inside and outside from our new facility.  For more information, contact Janet Reynolds at or visit our website at or our Facebook page

Happy Birthday Anne!

by Joel Bangilan, Holocaust Museum Houston, TX

Anne Frank would have been 92 this year. June 12 is the anniversary of her birthday. The diary is listed as one of the 100 documents that changed the world ranking among the Constitution of the United States and the Magna Carta. The diary has been translated and transcribed into different languages, braille, and other orthographic representations. The diary inspired a Tony Award winning play and an Oscar winning movie. What makes the Diary of Anne Frank so important?

Diaries humanize the writer’s circumstances.
As primary sources, diaries are first hand accounts of the writer's situation. They offer an individual’s perspective that is far more conceivable and relatable than statistical data.

Diaries activate more of the brain.
Reading and writing diaries improves the processing that the human brain does because more parts of the brain are activated. Upon seeing a data set of statistics, parts of the brain that are activated include the Brocca’s area and the Wernike’s area. These parts of the brain govern language processing. Reading and writing a diary activates up to six other areas of the brain, thus improving memory, judgement, reasoning, evaluation, and other higher brain activities. When reading and listening to personal accounts the brain naturally tries to make a connection between the teller and the listener. The exact same neural pathways light up as when experiencing an event as when listening to stories resulting in an empathy that is not achieved with data.

Diaries allow one to learn from the past.
So not only do diaries improve memory of the past, but they can help direct the future. Reading your own diary helps you to rethink responses that you did before. Should similar circumstances occur, you will most likely make a wiser decision.
Writing diaries benefits, too:
  • Preserves memories and improves memory.
  • Helps set goals.
  • Helps a person visualize the goals or achievements.
  • Charts achievements.
  • Improves your writing.
  • Relieves stress.
  • Inspires creativity.
  • Replaces other habits.
  • Increases technical knowledge.
  • Connects with others.
Using diaries can be simple. The libraries around the country have access to so many diaries that you don’t have to use just Anne’s. What I have seen among teens especially is that they want to talk about what they have read without being quizzed or tested. In the hangout time that your library might have, one can  provide an activity box that they can center their conversations about. This is self initiated and limited adult intervention. Foster an extemporaneous book discussion. Here are some activities you can do at your library-

Write a Diary entry
Like Anne you can write an entry into your own journal or diary. You can use paper and pen, blogging, or video. Write about anything that comes into your head. Tell a memory. Record the happenings around the country and how you feel about them.  Write a letter to a friend asking what do they need to know about the things that are happening around you and what are your own thoughts about them?

Read a diary.
What statements really stand out to you? What makes them important to you? Respond to the writer as if the diary entry were written to you. How do you feel about the statements? Discuss with your group your ideas about the diary.  

Visit the Anne Frank House Virtually  . Discuss with your group how you would have hidden from the Nazis. What are the things you would take with you if you were to go into hiding? Who would you want to be with?

Write a book-talk
Have teens read the diary. The challenge is to get other teens to read the book. What would they say? Could a person read one of the entries out loud?

Lesson Plans for Educators
Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands -

Teaching Salvaged Pages -
Visit the Holocaust Museum of Houston’s and Still I Write exhibit to see other diaries from experience around the world. And Still I Write

What is on the horizon for CSLP?

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

2022: Theme/Oceanography; Slogan/"Oceans of Possibilities" Artist/Sophie Blackall

2023: Theme/Kindness and Friendship; Slogan/"All Together Now"; Artist/Frank Morrison

2024: Theme/Adventure; Slogan/TBD; Artist/Juana Martinez-Neal
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