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What is in store for CSLP this March:
  • Development of the 2021 products RFP begins
  • Development of the new online store continues
  • Work on the Teen and Adult artwork for 2021 begins
If you ever have a question for these or any CSLP activity, please contact Luke Kralik at or Karen Day at
2019 Incentive Catalog is live! Click here to view!

2019 Summer Reading PSAs!

CSLP is delighted to share its 2019 Summer Reading Public Service Announcements. This year we are offering one :30 second, broadcast ready PSA, and three web-based PSAs for use online, on social media, or streaming in schools or libraries.

If you want to view the PSAs, or need a link to the streaming versions, visit:
There you will find the three long form vignettes as well as the streaming versions of the English and Spanish "Broadcast Ready" PSA.

To access the Broadcast encoded files of the :30 Sec PSA, as well as the .wav version for radio, you will need to login to the CSLP website. Once you have logged in, visit and select "2019 PSAs" from the menu on the left sidebar.

If your library successfully uses the CSLP PSA we would love to share your ideas and stories. Please send your PSA story to Luke Kralik at

Call for Nominations for the 2019 CSLP Elections

Dear CSLP State Representatives and CSLP Members,

The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is seeking nominations for election to the CSLP Board, with terms beginning January 2020. 

The open positions are: President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Committee Chair, Vendor Chair, two At-Large Positions, and the Chair of the Children’s Program Committee. All terms are two-year terms, except the President-elect, who will serve a year as President and a year as Past-President after their year as President-elect, for a total of three years.

We are seeking nominations through April 30, 2019. We have created a Google form at so you can self-nominate, or if you know someone you would like to nominate, please consider doing so! The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee will follow up with everyone who is nominated. Elections will take place at the Annual Meeting in Indianapolis during the third week of September. 

CSLP encourages active participation of our members. If you are interested in serving on the Board but don’t yet know about the commitment, please reach out to any member of the Board or the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee. If you have been involved with CSLP for a short period of time, you may be interested in serving as an At-Large Board Member. That is a great way to jump in and become more familiar with how the Board functions! 

The Board also encourages CSLP members to attend our monthly Board Meetings. We meet online on the first Wednesday of the month via video-conference using the Zoom platform. Karen Day sends out a link to the meeting about a week in advance of the meeting. Please consider joining us for the March Board Meeting on 6th!

If you aren’t quite ready to run for a position on the Board, there are a number of committees that you can join. They are listed on the CSLP Website,, under “Membership” but you must be logged in to see it.  

Finally, whether or not you are interested in being a candidate in this year’s election, the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee will be focusing on creating opportunities for CSLP members to gain leadership skills for work within CSLP or your own libraries. We hope to provide more information after the summer!

Nominating and Leadership Development Committee
Matt McLain, Chair
Josephine Camarillo, CSLP President-elect
April Mazza
Kate McCartney
Jasmine Rockwell
Karen Yother
Luke Kralik, Ex-Officio
Did you have a program that brought a little music (or actual rocks) to the world this summer? Please send your photos and any informative details to Luke Kralik at: I would love to share them in our newsletter.

Looking for some ideas to use or share?
Increasingly, public libraries are feeding hungry bodies as well as hungry minds during the summer – and throughout the year. The CSLP’s ad hoc Child and Community Well-Being committee is developing resources to support and encourage library participation in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and other initiatives to help kids and teens stay nourished, active, and healthy when school is out. These resources include the Libraries and Summer Food page on the CSLP website, manual resources and downloadables for upcoming programs, and a series of stories showcasing the experiences of libraries around the country.

Summer Lunch at Our Library

By Janet Reynolds
Library District #2 of Linn County—La Cygne, KS
Perseverance pays off! Read the whole story  of how Library District #2 of Linn County found the summer lunch model that works best for its small, rural community.
Summer lunch is great!  You have to find the model that works for you. I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying it. We tried several ways before we found one that the community liked and that worked well for us. We are self-prep and self-funded!
No matter which method you choose, just realize that there is some work involved. Being simply a site is the easiest; if your school district will sponsor you, it’s even easier because they are used to all the paperwork.  Keep in mind the saying: “have food, kids will come” and build your summer reading program around it. We have our story times and activities close to lunch, so kids come for one and stay for the other. Take advantage of possibilities and partnerships to make this beneficial for your library as well.  Our Friends group helps, as do several retired teachers. 
Good luck with your program, and if you have any questions I’d be happy to share our program and model with you.  Check out photos on our library Facebook page: Linn County Library District #2.  We are small – about 1200 in our town and 2400 in our taxing area – and rural, so our biggest problem is getting kids to the library to eat. Still, we have been hugely successful. Our slowest days we served about 20 lunches, and during the summer we served 190 different kids.   My advice is jump in slowly and try to involve some folks that will help you make decisions and who see the big picture, including the library’s situation and involvement.
 Link to full story on CSLP website.

Inclusion Corner - Multilingual Women's History Month Storytime

by Kathryn Baumgartner

Every month, there are a plethora of observances that take place in the United States, as well as internationally. Wikipedia has a handy list of them, which may be found here. These observances are an excellent opportunity for librarians to celebrate diversity and educate the public on everything from Alzheimer's Disease to Native American Heritage.


There are a number of observances assigned to each month, but my busy programming schedule does not allow me time to hold a separate event for all of them. Rather than choose one group or cause over another, I find ways I can combine as many of them as possible into one program. My format of choice is a storytime followed by a craft, as I am primarily a children’s librarian. However, it is certainly possible to adapt these programs for a teen or adult audience.


The month of March is both Women’s History Month and National Foreign Language Month. In order to incorporate both, I decided to select picture books about famous women from around the world, written in both English and the native language of the heroine. The first step was choosing which languages to use. My own language skills are limited to English, Spanish, and German. The latter is not prevalent in my library’s community, which is largely Asian American, so I determined the languages that would make the most sense were English, Spanish, and Chinese. Unable to speak or read Chinese, I decided to draw on the talents of my coworkers. Several of the clerks at my branch speak Chinese as a first language, and enthusiastically agreed to help out.


With the languages selected, choosing books, music, and a craft was much easier. Although some children in the community are bilingual, I did not want to make the storytime inaccessible to those who are not. With that in mind, I selected books that contained a combination of English and either Chinese or Spanish, as well as some books entirely in English. The books I selected are: She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Young, Gifted, and Black by Jamia Wilson, both of which I only used excerpts of; Frida and Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx, both by Jonah Winter; Mulan by Li Jian; and The Girl Emperor of China: The Story of Wu Zetian by Jillian Lin.


The audience for this program is upper elementary students, though siblings are welcome. Although this is a slightly older audience than I would normally do fingerplays and nursery rhymes with, I decided that songs like “If You’re Happy and You Know It” would be useful for teaching words in other languages. For example, replacing “happy” with “contento” increases the audience’s Spanish vocabulary, and setting it to music will help them remember it. I found to be a useful resource when selecting songs and rhymes.


Wanting to continue to combine the month’s themes, and wishing to give children a way to remember some of the new words they have learned, I created a craft that would accomplish both: A thank you card written to a woman who has inspired them, with “thank you” written in English, Chinese, and Spanish. Kids may use crayons, markers, and embellishments such as sequins and feathers to decorate the card however they choose.

Launch into STAR Net’s “Summer of Space”!

As we prepare for the 2019 summer learning program, “A Universe of Stories”, CSLP, STAR Net, and NASA have been working together on a virtual launch pad filled with numerous STEM resources that libraries can utilize in their celebration of space exploration. With items including vetted STEM activities, partnership opportunities, printables and many other valuable resources, STAR Net’s “Summer of Space” website can provide your library with valuable tools to help your summer learning program achieve great success. Encourage public libraries in your state to register and become eligible to receive additional STEM resources.

Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge Offers a Fun Way to Explore the Moon

Image Credit: Dennis Wise/University of Washington
As we gear up for the Universe of Stories summer learning event and NASA’s Apollo 11 50th anniversary, NASA@ My Library and the Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline are collaborating to promote a unique engineering challenge from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, offering students the chance to land on the “Moon”. Well, a map of the Moon at least.
Read the Full Blog and Get More Details!

How Your Library Can Utilize NASA’s Night Sky Network and Solar System Ambassadors

Check out this quick how to video on connecting your library to NASA’s network of amateur astronomy clubs and volunteers sharing the latest science and discoveries of NASA's missions.  They help libraries create fun and engaging programs!


Hands-on STEM: Jump to Jupiter

Participants jump through a course from the grapefruit-sized “Sun,” past poppy-seed-sized “Earth,” and on to marble-sized “Jupiter” — and beyond! By counting the jumps needed to reach each object, children experience first-hand the vast scale of our Solar System.  Make sure to leave a review on STAR Net’s STEM Activity Clearinghouse to let other programming staff know of tips and advice for facilitation.  This activity will be featured in the Solar System Scale Activities Webinar in March.

Upcoming 2019 Webinars – More Registration Slots Opened:

Solar System Scale Activities for "A Universe of Stories" – March 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. MT – REGISTER HERE

What's the most common thing in outer space?…it's SPACE! Our solar system is enormous, and the size of and distance between the Sun, planets, asteroids, and comets can be difficult to comprehend. With "A Universe of Stories" right around the corner, this webinar will highlight activities that allow patrons to experience the vast distances between objects in the solar system using foods or household objects. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to facilitate these activities; in fact, they're affordable, simple, and easy for anyone to run!


What is on the horizon for CSLP?

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
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